Rue McClanahan: Celebrating a Golden Girl

From Blanche to Broadway, the Golden Girls star and Emmy winner is remembered as a fan favorite


McClanahan landed her iconic role in 1985, at age 51, as lusty Southern belle Blanche Deveraux on Golden Girls. Alongside Betty White, Bea Arthur and Estelle Getty, she helped turn NBC's Saturday night sitcom about four seniors in Miami into a hit. "I heard Betty White say this so many times: 'Four old broads are so non-threatening.' We could do and say a lot of things that shows with younger actors couldn't," she later said about the show, which addressed addiction, menopause, homosexuality and other taboo topics.