Rue McClanahan

Rue McClanahan

  • Highest Rated: 73% They Might Be Giants (1971)
  • Lowest Rated: 12% Dear God (1996)
  • Birthday: Feb 21, 1934
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Graduating cum laude from the University of Tulsa, Rue McClanahan studied acting with Uta Hagen and at the Perry-Mansfield school. After her professional debut with a Pennsylvania stock company in 1957, McClanahan headed to New York, where between acting gigs she worked as a waitress, took shorthand and sold blouses. Grabbing any opportunity available, she made her TV bow on a 1960 episode of the TV series Malibu Run, then appeared in a handful of exploitation films with come-hither titles like Five Minutes to Love (she played "Poochie, the girl from the shack," a credit she has since dropped from her resumé). She managed to find more prestigious work on the New York stage, starring in such well-received productions as MacBird, Jimmy Shine, Sticks and Bones and California Suite. She also played regular roles on the TV soap operas Another World and Where the Heart Is. A 1972 guest shot on Norman Lear's controversial series All in the Family led to her being cast as Vivian Harmon on Lear's popular sitcom Maude, a role she played until the series' cancellation in 1978. McClanahan's next project was her own starring series, 1978's Apple Pie, which unfortunately bit the dust after three shows. She went on to play the vitriolic Aunt Fran on the network version of Mama's Family (1983-85), then was co-starred with her Maude colleague Bea Arthur in The Golden Girls (1985-92). Her well-rounded portrayal of overly amorous museum worker Blanche Devereaux won her an 1986 Emmy award; she reprised the character in the Golden Girls spin-off Golden Palace (1992-93). The star of several made-for-TV movies, McClanahan co-produced and appeared in a brace of "dramedies," Mother of the Bride (1991) and Baby of the Bride (1992).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Generation Gap Kay 2008
No Score Yet Back to You & Me Helen 2005
42% The Fighting Temptations Nancy Stringer $30.3M 2003
No Score Yet Miracle Dogs Katherine Mannion 2003
No Score Yet Nuncrackers - The Nunsense Christmas Musical Actor 2003
No Score Yet Nuncrackers Reverend Mother 2001
No Score Yet The Moving of Sophia Myles Mary-Margaret 2000
No Score Yet A Saintly Switch Aunt Fanny 1999
No Score Yet Nunsense 3: The Jamboree Actor 1998
No Score Yet Columbo: Ashes to Ashes Actor 1998
No Score Yet Rusty: A Dog's Tale Edna Callahan 1998
63% Starship Troopers Biology Teacher 1997
No Score Yet Annabelle's Wish Actor 1997
43% This World, Then the Fireworks Mrs. Lakewood 1997
36% Out to Sea Mrs. Carruthers 1997
12% Dear God Mom Turner 1996
No Score Yet Innocent Victims Marylou Hennis 1996
No Score Yet Un Noël inespéré Miz Leona 1995
No Score Yet A Burning Passion: The Margaret Mitchell Story Grandma Stephens 1994
No Score Yet Nunsense 2: The Sequel Actor 1994
No Score Yet Mother of the Bride Margaret Becker Hix 1993
No Score Yet Baby of the Bride Margaret Hix Producer 1991
No Score Yet Children of the Bride Margret Becker 1990
No Score Yet Modern Love Evelyn 1990
No Score Yet After the Shock Sherra 1990
No Score Yet Rue McClanahan: The Dog Care Video Guide Actor 1990
No Score Yet Rue McClanahan: The Cat Care Video Guide Instructor 1990
No Score Yet Agatha Christie's 'The Man in the Brown Suit' Suzy Blair 1989
No Score Yet The Little Match Girl Frances Dutton 1987
No Score Yet The Skin of Our Teeth Fortune Teller 1983
No Score Yet The Day the Bubble Burst Barbara Arvey 1982
No Score Yet Word of Honor Maggie McNeill 1981
No Score Yet Great American Traffic Jam Actor 1980
No Score Yet Sergeant Matlovich vs. the U.S. Air Force Actor 1978
No Score Yet The Rimers of Eldritch Cora Groves 1974
No Score Yet Blade Actor 1973
No Score Yet Survival of Spaceship Earth Actor 1972
No Score Yet Hogan's Goat Actor 1971
No Score Yet Some of My Best Friends Are... Lita Joyce 1971
73% They Might Be Giants Daisy 1971
No Score Yet The Pursuit of Happiness Mrs. O'Mara 1971
No Score Yet The People Next Door Della 1970
No Score Yet Walk the Angry Beach (Hollywood After Dark) (The Unholy Choice) Sandy 1968
No Score Yet Five Minutes to Love Sally `Poochie' 1963
No Score Yet Door-to-Door Maniac Pamela 1961

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet The Golden Girls
1985-1992
Blanche Devereaux
  • 2019
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
No Score Yet Mama's Family
1983-1990
Aunt Fran Aunt Fran Crowley Fran
  • 2018
  • 1984
  • 1983
No Score Yet Maude
1972-1978
Vivian Cavender Harmon Vivian
  • 2017
  • 1978
  • 1977
  • 1976
  • 1975
  • 1974
  • 1973
  • 1972
No Score Yet Meet the Browns
2009
Lorraine
  • 2009
No Score Yet King of the Hill
1997-2010
Voice
  • 2007
No Score Yet Hope & Faith
2003-2006
Sylvia
  • 2005
75% Wonderfalls
2004
Millie Markus
  • 2005
28% Whoopi
2003-2004
Marian
  • 2004
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
Lila Winslow Amelia Archibald
  • 2001
  • 1994
8% Ladies Man
1999-2001
Aunt Lou
  • 2000
No Score Yet Blue's Clues
1996-2004
Grandma
  • 1999
No Score Yet Safe Harbor
1999
Grandma Loring Grandma
  • 1999
No Score Yet Columbo
1968-2003
Verity Chandler
  • 1998
No Score Yet Murphy Brown
1988
  • 1997
No Score Yet Boy Meets World
1993-2000
  • 1993
75% The Golden Palace
1992-1993
Blanche Blanche Devereaux
  • 1993
  • 1992
No Score Yet Empty Nest
1988-1995
Blanche
  • 1988
No Score Yet Newhart
1982-1990
  • 1987
  • 1983
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Miriam Radford
  • 1985
No Score Yet Charles in Charge
1984-1990
Irene Pembroke
  • 1985
  • 1984
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
Fortune Teller
  • 1983
No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D.
1979-1986
Mary
  • 1982
No Score Yet All in the Family
1971-1979
Ruth
  • 1972

QUOTES FROM Rue McClanahan CHARACTERS

Biology Teacher
Their evolution stretches over millions of years
Biology Teacher
Their evolution stretches over millions of years.
Carmen Ibanez
Uuggh
Carmen Ibanez
Ugh.
Johnny Rico
Owh come on it's just a bug
Johnny Rico
Oh come on. It's just a bug.
Biology Teacher
Just a bug..?
Biology Teacher
Just a bug?