Rue McClanahan: Celebrating a Golden Girl

From Blanche to Broadway, the Golden Girls star and Emmy winner is remembered as a fan favorite

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Updated: Thursday Jun 03, 2010 | 02:50 PM EDT By: Cara Lynn Shultz

A BRIGHT STAR

Rue McClanahan was born a small-town girl in 1934, to a beautician and a contractor in Healdton, Okla., but she had big city dreams. The University of Tulsa theater major would eventually set off for New York, getting her start Off-Broadway in a stage and screen career that would last more than 50 years. She died June 3 at 76, after suffering a massive stroke.