Rue McClanahan Young Age, Cause of Death, TV Shows and Net Worth

Published Date   02nd Jun. 2017, 01:02 am
Rue McClanahan Young Age, Cause of Death, TV Shows and Net Worth
Quick Info
Birth Name: Rue McClanahan
Date of Birth: 21/02/1934
Age: 87 years old
Nationality: American
Net Worth: $5 million

Rue McClanahan young age came up with a huge success as she started off her career in acting with small production houses. However, small stage did not last forever after she got into Broadway Production in 1969.


Rue McClanahan young age defied the concept that success comes with time. Born in 1934, McClanahan got into the stage and screen in her early 20s and gained recognition, especially with The Golden Girls (1985) for which she earned Emmy Award and many more nominations. She has also played different roles in TV series Nurses (1991), The Golden Palace (1992) and Empty Nest (1998).

Birth and Early Days

Rue McClanahan was born as Eddi-Rue McClanahan on Februrary 21, 1934 in Healdton, Oklahoma. Her parents are William Edwin and Dreda Rheua-Nell McClanahan. Rue was an American but had English, German, Welsh, French-Canadian and Dutch ancestry.

She attended the University of Tulsa from where she graduated in 1956. She graduated cum laude with major in German and Theatre Arts.

Soon after her graduation, Rue McClanahan young age started off as a professional actress. She debut in 1957 for Inherit the Wind. Even though McClanahan started off with small productions, she made to Broadway early. In 1969, she appeared in Jimmy Shine from Broadway productions.

Television Appearance

At Rue McClanahan young age, she caught the attention of producer Norman Lear thereby making her way to television sitcom All in the Family during 1970s. McClanahan was a gifted actress. Therefore, she did not undergo a huge struggle before making it to All in the Family spin-off. Moreover, her talent and hard work led her to various other TV series. Some of them are Trapper John, MD, Fantasy Island, Newhart, and Mama’s Family.

In addition, McClanahan also appeared in 1985 hit sitcom The Golden Girls for which she earned huge recognition and fame. She played the role of Blanche Devereaux for the series. Her marvelous performance in The Golden Girls won her three Golden Globe nominations, three Emmy nominations out of which she won Emmy Award in 1987.

After The Golden Girls, McClanahan made a brief appearance in Golden Palace until its cancelation in 1993. Furthermore, McClanahan made a series of appearances in TV dramas and sitcoms namely, Boy Meets World and Law & Order. For a Broadway Production, Wicked, she starred as Madame Morrible in 2005-6.

Personal Life and Net Worth

McClanahan married six times in total. She wrote an autobiography titled My First Five Husbands…And the One Who Got Away in 2007 which depicts her romances in detail. Her sixth husband is Morrow Wilson and she has a son, Mark Bish from her first husband. Before Wilson, Tom Keel was her husband from 1984 to 1985. Her previous spouses were Gussie Sam Fisher (1976-79), Peter DeMaio (1964-71), Norman Hartweg (1959-61) and Tom Bish (1958-59). She got divorced with all her five first husbands. She was a vegan and a dedicated animal rights activist.

Known best for The Golden Girls role, Rue McClanahan young acting career has gathered the net worth of $5 million.

Health Issues and Cause of Death

The marvelous actress did not undergo a smooth life. Even her career was better than her health. McClanahan suffered and battled breast cancer from 1997 for years. Her health returned to the previous condition. However, she suffered from a heart problem in 2009 and underwent bypass surgeries. At Rue McClanahan young age, she untimely suffered a stroke soon after the surgery. In 2010, the same year, McClanahan suffered from stroke, she underwent another stroke attack on June 3 which took her life at the age of 76.

Rue McClanahan young age attracted film producer. From the time onwards, she did not get down in her acting career. Instead, she gained recognition and award until she suffered health complications that took her life.

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