Sad news from the States today: actress Rue
McClanahan, star of one of my all time favourite
TV shows
The Golden Girls (the Original
Sex And The City!),
has died
a stroke at the age of 76.

She played feisty Southern belle Blanche
in the popular series and won an
Emmy for the role in 1987.

She underwent heart bypass surgery last year
and is the third of the main cast members
to pass away. Only Betty White (below right)
remains, following the deaths of Estelle Getty
(below front) and Bea Arthur (below back
middle), who died in 2008 and 2009.

McClanahan had a varied stage career before
landing the role of Blanche Devereaux in 1985
when The Golden Girls hit the small screen.

She married six times and wrote a memoir
in 2007 entitled "My First Five Husbands...
And The Ones Who Got Away."

"Thank you for being a friend
Traveled down the road and back again
Your heart is true your a
pal and a confidant"

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