Rue McClanahan Dies

Golden Girls star was 76

Stage and TV actress Rue McClanahan has died of a stroke at the age of 76. She was best known for her role as the man-hungry Blanche Deveraux on the hit show The Golden Girls. She also played roles on Maude and Mama’s Family. On The Golden Girls, she was originally considered for the role of Rose, the ditzy character, with Betty White the choice to play Blanche; the two decided to switch roles. McClanahan’s death leaves White as the only surviving member of the Golden Girls cast.