Rue McClanahan

Birth Place: Healdton, OK, USA

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Original Broadway Production, 2003
Madame Morrible [Replacement]

Roundabout Revival, 2001
Countess de Lage

Original Off-Broadway Production, 1999
Performer [Replacement]

Hannah Warren [Replacement]

Diana Nichols [Replacement]

Gert Franklyn [Replacement]

Harriet [Replacement]

Louise (Standby)

Marian (Standby)

Sally Weber

Original Off-Broadway Production, 1964

Cameo role

Rue McClanahan Movies

[1961]Walk the Angry Beach Sandy

[1961]The Grass Eater Loraina

[1963]Five Minutes to Love SallyPoochie

[1970]The People Next Door Della

[1971]They Might Be Giants Daisy

[1971]The Pursuit of Happiness Mrs. O Mara

[1971]Some of My Best Friends Are... Lita Joyce

[1973]Blade Gail

[1990]Modern Love Mrs. Evelyn Parker

[1991]Biosphere 2 Hostess

[1996]Dear God Mom Turner

[1997]This World, Then the Fireworks Marty's mother

[1997]Out to Sea Mrs. Ellen Carruthers

[1997]Starship Troopers Biology Teacher

[1998]Border to Border Mrs. Kirby

[1998]Rusty: A Dog's Tale Edna Callahan

[2003]The Fighting Temptations Nancy Stringer

[2005]Wit's End Dean Madison

Rue McClanahan TV Shows

Charles in Charge Irene Pembroke

Fantasy Island Gertie Lawton, Margaret Fielding

Gimme a Break! Katrina, Marian

Insight Mary Margaret, Linda

Mama's Family Aunt Fran Crowley

Maude Vivian Cavender Harmon, Vivian, Vivian Cavender

The Golden Girls Blanche Devereaux

The Golden Palace Blanche Devereaux

The Love Boat Mary Hubble, Cheryl Enicker, Laura Thornton Hayes

Touched by an Angel Lila Winslow, Amelia Bowthorpe Archibald

Rue McClanahan Awards and Nominations

Obie Awards - 1970 - Performance

Rue McClanahan, Who's Happy Now?

Rue McClanahan News

Tickets Go On Sale Today For Debby Holiday's Tina Turner Tribute Concert at the Palace Theatre

Rock artist and international singer/songwriter with 17 Billboard Top 20 Hits, Debby Holiday, for the first time on the East Coast will bring her full 10-piece “live” band, the sensational Tina Turner Tribute, to Manchester, N.H. at The Palace Theatre on May 21, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.


When you mix a gaggle of sassy drag queens with one of the most successful  sitcom female casts of the the last century, the alchemy that results seems like a no brainer.  And when Blanche, Dorothy, Sophia and Rose are those beloved ladies, audiences clamor for more  time with their favorite ladies. For your enjoyment, O' Connell and Company along with Todd Warfield present 'THE GOLDEN GIRLS: THE LOST EPISODES VOLUME 4: The Halloween Edition.'

Review: THE GOLDEN GIRLS : A PARODY at Roxy's Downtown

What did our critic think of THE GOLDEN GIRLS : A PARODY at Roxy's Downtown?

Buck Creek Playhouse to Present SORDID LIVES in August

Buck Creek Players will present the first show of its 50th season with this play on their mainstage. 6 live in-person performances will be held at the playhouse starting Friday, August 4th and running through Sunday, August 13th. 

Leslie Jordan, Olivia Newton-John, Carole Cook & More to be Honored in Memoriam at A SORDID CELEBRATION OF LIVES

The Del Shores Foundation will present a one-night-only event to tell stories, show clips and share memories of the lives well-lived of SORDID LIVES cast members Carole Cook, Sarah Hunley, Leslie Jordan, Rue McClanahan and Olivia Newton-John.

P3 Theatre Company to Present World Premiere of THE RED SUITCASE Beginning Next Month

P3 THEATRE COMPANY, in association with the Del Shores Foundation and Beard Collins Shores Productions, presents the world premiere of THE RED SUITCASE, written by Jiggs Burgess, directed by Del Shores, and starring Emerson Collins.

THE GOLDEN GIRLS LIVE: THE HOLIDAY EPISODES Returns to the Victoria Theater in November

Now in it’s 18th year, The eagerly-awaited San Francisco tradition, The Golden Girls Live: The Holiday Episodes, will return to the Victoria Theater, Opening November 30th. Directed by D’Arcy Drollinger

'Golden Girls' Fan Convention GOLDEN-CON Books Ginger Minj, 'Golden Gals' Headliners

'RuPaul's Drag Race' luminary Ginger Minj can lean on her own southern accent when she brings her version of sex positive southern belle Blanche Deveraux to Golden-Con, a three day fan convention which organizers boast is 'the world's largest event for 'Golden Girls' fans.'

Stage and Screen Actor Jered Barclay Dies at 91

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that stage and screen actor Jered Barclay has died at age 91. Barclay may be best known for his television and voiceover work, but he got his start in showbusiness at age 3, performing in vaudeville shows.

Review: NUNSENSE A-MEN Proves to Be a Confession Full of Laughs, and Just What We Needed at Straz Center for The Performing Arts

Nunsense premiered off-Broadway in 1985 with music, lyrics, and a book by Dan Goggin. The show ran for 3,672 performances and became the second longest-running off-Broadway show in history. Nunsense was then adapted for television starring everyone’s favorite Golden Girl Rue McClanahan and has since produced six sequels and three spin-off adaptations. Nunsense A-Men, more recently produced at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, a “Straz Produced” production, brings to the stage a group of local bay area performers to tell the story of the Little Sisters of Hoboken. As the leader of the Merry Band of Nuns is none other than the Enigmatic, and truly Exceptional Matthew McGee as Sister Mary Regina, Mother Superior. For the first time in 22 years, Matthew McGee makes his Jaeb stage debut as a performer in the musical. Dubbed a “Life-Long, bucket list opportunity”, Matthew is just downright Heaven-sent in the role. From his first entrance to the final bow Matthew, along with the rest of the cast present a side-splitting, laugh-filled evening that will make your cheeks hurt even the next day.

Couple and Producing/Directing Partners Tom D'Angora and Michael D'Angora Celebrate 20 Years Together

Tom D’Angora and Michael D’Angora, the award winning producing team behind some of off-Broadway’s longest running hits like NEWSical The Musical and Naked Boys Singing, are celebrating a major milestone on February 20th, 2022: the couple's 20th anniversary (10 years married) as a couple and as producing/directing partners. 

Porchlight Revisits NUNSENSE Opens Tonight For Three Performances

Porchlight Music Theatre begins its eighth season of Chicago's “lost” musicals series with Porchlight Revisits Nunsense, book, music and lyrics by Dan Goggin+ with direction by Michelle Lauto*, musical direction by Kailey Rockwell* and choreography by Jenna Schoppe*.

Small Shows With Big Plots You Must See!

While the large-scale musical tends to receive the most attention from audiences, oftentimes it's the small musicals that speak to us in the most impactful ways. For fans of emotional one act musicals and cult-classic Off-Broadway shows, we're rounding up what we think are some of the best small cast musicals out there!

Porchlight Music Theatre Announces Cast And Creative Team For Porchlight Revisits NUNSENSE!

Porchlight Music Theatre begins its eighth season of Chicago's “lost” musicals series with Porchlight Revisits Nunsense, book, music and lyrics by Dan Goggin+ with direction by Michelle Lauto*, musical direction by Kailey Rockwell* and choreography by Jenna Schoppe*.

Porchlight Music Theatre Announces 2021 - 22 Season

Porchlight Music Theatre has announced its return to live performance with its 27th season that includes the 2021 – 2022 Mainstage, Porchlight Revisits and New Faces Sing Broadway seasons. 

Jason Dottley's LIFE ON THE GAY-LIST to Stream This Friday

Star of TV's Sordid Lives and 5-Time Top 40 Billboard recording artist Jason Dottley's Life on the Gay-List livestreams for the first time Friday, May 21, 8pm (CST) from his now-extended run at Incanto Theatre in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

BWW Interview: Darryl Van Leer of MANDELA: LET FREEDOM REIGN at MarshStream Uses His Many Talents to Uplift Us All

The uncommonly versatile actor/writer/musician Darryl Van Leer has made it his mission to provide inspiration to others. It would therefore be hard to think of a more perfect way for The Marsh to launch Black History Month than with a live performance of his electrifying one-man play, Mandela: Let Freedom Reign, which it will present on MarshStream on Saturday evening, February 6th. From his early life to his epic struggles against apartheid, Nelson Mandela comes to vivid life in this life-affirming performance. An icon of democracy and social justice, Mandela’s life-long dedication to promoting forgiveness and equality are celebrated in this stirring reminder of one man’s incredible impact. Mandela: Let Freedom Reign will be presented at 7:30pm PST on Saturday, February 6th on MarshStream. Van Leer will also appear two days prior to that on Stephanie’s MarshStream at 7:30pm PST on Thursday, February 4th to discuss the play and perform a brief excerpt. For more information, visit Also, please note that the performance on February 6th will be live only, and not archived for later viewing. Van Leer is a man of many talents who has enjoyed an exceptionally wide-ranging career. While his theater work has focused primarily on his one-man shows about iconic historic and musical figures, he has also racked up some impressive film and TV credits in ensemble projects, sharing the screen with acting luminaries such as James Earl Jones, Samuel L. Jackson and Rue McClanahan. BroadwayWorld spoke with Van Leer last week from his home base in Nashville, Tennessee.  In conversation, he is instantly and effortlessly engaging, warm and upbeat, and clearly thankful for the opportunity to create and perform works of inspiration. His Kentucky roots are evidenced by the delightfully musical lilt in his speech patterns.

The Marsh Unveils New Guest Line-up For Stephanie's Marshstream

The Marsh welcomes a diversified line-up of guests for Stephanie's MarshStream – from an acclaimed playwright to a leader at the forefront of curriculum education, Bay Area-based actors, a longtime public radio journalist, and more.

BARING IT ALL WITH CALL ME ADAM Season 2 Launches With Annie Golden, Karen Mason and More

Baring It All with Call Me Adam returns today, Thursday, January 7, 2021 when Season 2 of the entertainment podcast begins. This season, Baring It All host Adam Rothenberg focuses on his guest’s legacy and lessons learned.


Piano Bar Live! (PBL!) A Night at Rose's Turn, Part 2, streams tonight Tuesday, November at 7:15 pm ET, with hosts Scott Barbarino and Leslie Anderson. PBL! will continue the long-established tradition of the piano bar-that special place where we can gather, entertain, support and create, as we connect with live music.


Rue McClanahan has appeared on Broadway in 6 shows.

Rue McClanahan has not appeared in the West End

Rue McClanahan has been nominated for a Performance (Obie Awards) for her role in the show "Who's Happy Now?".

Rue McClanahan has won an Obie Award for her performance in the show "Who's Happy Now?".

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