Rue McClanahan: Celebrating a Golden Girl

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


All four Golden Girls stars won Emmys for their work – and McClanahan took home her statue in 1987. Originally, she was considered for the role of Rose, which went to Betty White. "I said, 'Oh no, that would be agony, not to be able to play Blanche,'" she later said.