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Rue McClanahan: Best 'Golden Girls' Moments

by Andrew Scott, posted Jun 3rd 2010 1:40PM
Rue McClanahanThough she appeared on a number of television shows in her career, including 'Maude' and 'Mama's Family,' Rue McClanahan will arguably be best remembered for her performance as Southern belle Blanche Deveraux on 'The Golden Girls.'

McClanahan, who died today at age 76, played Blanche for seven seasons on the hugely successful NBC sitcom, and garnered more than enough laughs, tears and, in Blanche's case, men to earn a permanent slot in television history.

To honor McClanahan's Emmy-winning turn on the series, relive our favorite Blanche Deveraux moments, then post your favorites in the comments.

As the resident Scarlett O'Hara of Miami, Blanche always knew how to make a dramatic entrance. In this clip from 'The Competition,' a "stunned" Blanche reacts to finding out that Rose has dumped her from their bowling team.

In 'Sick and Tired,' Blanche realized that her destiny was to become a great southern writer, like, uh, "all those others so famous they need not be mentioned." She quickly set out to write an epic romance novel, only to have it go to her head -- literally.

If there was one thing Blanche had going for her (well, according to her, anyway), it was her looks. So, naturally, she was stunned (again) when Rose accused her of being uncoordinated as they practiced for their dirty dancing class. To set Rose straight, Blanche pulled her in for an epic, impromptu dance, and defied the laws of nature, physics and Dade county in the process.

In 'Isn't It Romantic,' Dorothy's friend Jean, a lesbian, paid a visit to Miami and quickly fell for Rose's naive charm. Rose didn't catch on to Jean's sexuality right away, and neither did Blanche, who thought Jean was, well, something else.

When her single brother, Clayton, paid a visit, Blanche set him up on a blind date with a woman, forcing Clayton to later reveal that he was actually gay. (Which, as she would find out, probably explained why he loved watching gladiator movies growing up.) Watch Blanche's reaction to hear in this heart-felt clip here.

Blanche loved the way she looked -- and so did the men who dated her. But in the aptly titled 'Blind Date,' all bets were off when Blanche agreed to date a man without realizing that he was blind. This unexpected predicament forced Blanche to question whether she could really see beyond the surface of things.

In 'End of the Curse,' Blanche sank into a deep depression when a pregnancy scare turned out the be the onset of menopause. In the end, though, the curse turned out to be a blessing, as the episode won McClanahan her first (and only) Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress.


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Moira Dean

I miss the golden girls- but we have Betty white - what a show, huh? Blanche was so beautiful - gives new life to we older ladies - Bless you Blanche, Ma, and Dorothy - rest in peace, and thanks for the giggles.

June 03 2010 at 10:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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