Photos: Remembering Rue McClanahan

Golden Girl and former Broadway star Rue McClanahan, has sadly passed away at 1am today, June 3rd at the age of 76 according to her manager. McClanahan, who suffered a stroke in January, is said to have had another massive stroke early this morning.

The star had been recovering from bypass surgery that she received in November which she underwent to treat an acute cardiac illness.

McClanahan began acting on Off-Broadway in New York City in 1957, and her Broadway debut in 1969 when she portrayed Sally Weber in the original production of John Sebastian and Murray Schisgal's musical Jimmy Shine with Dustin Hoffman in the title role.  She went on to star on Broadway in Father's Day, Sticks and Bones, California Suite, The Women, and Wicked. McClanahanthen found primetime success in Maude, broadcast from 1972 to 1978, playing Maude's (Bea Arthur) best friend, Vivian Harmon; and, of course, in The Golden Girls, broadcast from 1985 until 1992 as Southern Belle Blanche Devereaux. She received an Emmy Award in 1987 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on The Golden Girls.

Photos: Remembering Rue McClanahan

Photos: Remembering Rue McClanahan
Rue McClanahan, September 1, 1984

Photos: Remembering Rue McClanahan
Estelle Getty and Rue McClanahan, September 1, 1984

Photos: Remembering Rue McClanahan
Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty, September 1, 1984

Photos: Remembering Rue McClanahan
Estelle Getty and Rue McClanahan, September 1, 1984

Photos: Remembering Rue McClanahan
Rue McClanahan at Chippendales circa 1985

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Rue McClanahan, September 1986

Photos: Remembering Rue McClanahan
Rue McClanahan, October 1986

Photos: Remembering Rue McClanahan
Rue McClanahan and Husband Morrow Wilson, January 9, 2003

Photos: Remembering Rue McClanahan
Rue McClanahan and Husband Morrow Wilson, January 9, 2003

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Rue McClanahan, April 30, 2003

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Rue McClanahan, October 2, 2003

Photos: Remembering Rue McClanahan
Leslie Uggams and Rue McClanahan, October 2, 2003

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Rue McClanahan, October 2, 2003

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Rue McClanahan, November 2, 2003

Photos: Remembering Rue McClanahan
Rue McClanahan, November 2, 2003

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Rue McClanahan and Husband Morrow Wilson, November 2, 2003

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Rue McClanahan, December 9, 2004

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Rue McClanahan, April 4, 2005

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Rue McClanahan, May 22, 2005

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Rue McClanahan and Husband Morrow Wilson, May 22, 2005

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November 22, 2005

Photos: Remembering Rue McClanahan
November 22, 2005

Photos: Remembering Rue McClanahan
Fans waiting on line for Bea Arthur, Betty White and Rue McClanahan to sign copies of THE GOLDEN GIRLS SEASON 3 DVD Box Set at Barnes & Noble, November 22, 2005

Photos: Remembering Rue McClanahan
Betty White, Bea Arthur and Rue McClanahan, November 22, 2005

Photos: Remembering Rue McClanahan
Betty White, Bea Arthur and Rue McClanahan, November 22, 2005

Photos: Remembering Rue McClanahan
Betty White, Bea Arthur and Rue McClanahan, November 22, 2005

Photos: Remembering Rue McClanahan
Betty White, Bea Arthur and Rue McClanahan, November 22, 2005

Photos: Remembering Rue McClanahan
Bea Arthur and Rue McClanahan, November 22, 2005

Photos: Remembering Rue McClanahan
Betty White, Bea Arthur and Rue McClanahan, November 22, 2005

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Rue McClanahan, November 22, 2005

Photos: Remembering Rue McClanahan
Rue McClanahan, November 22, 2005

Photos: Remembering Rue McClanahan
Rue McClanahan, November 22, 2005

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Rue McClanahan, November 22, 2005

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Rue McClanahan, May 22, 2005

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Rue McClanahan, October 29, 2009

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Rue McClanahan, February 19, 2009

Photos: Remembering Rue McClanahan
Rue McClanahan and Guest, February 19, 2009

Photos: Remembering Rue McClanahan
Rue McClanahan, February 19, 2009

Photos: Remembering Rue McClanahan
Rue McClanahan, February 19, 2009

Photos: Remembering Rue McClanahan
Bernadette Peters and Rue McClanahan, February 19, 2009

Photos: Remembering Rue McClanahan
Bernadette Peters and Rue McClanahan, February 19, 2009

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Rue McClanahan, February 23, 2009

Photos: Remembering Rue McClanahan
Rue McClanahan, February 23, 2009

Photos: Remembering Rue McClanahan



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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.