Rue McClanahan, 76, died early this morning after suffering a massive stroke. Her manager told People that she “had her family with her. She went in peace.”
Rue started out in theatre in the 1950′s, and she continued to act on stage throughout her career; most recently, she was in Broadway’s hit Wicked. However, her most famous roles were on television. She was in the amazing Mama’s Family and Maude, not to mention her outstanding work in Golden Girls. When you think of great actors, Rue McClanahan might not immediately come to mind, but she (along with all the Golden Girls) had a lot of talent, and comedic timing like nobody’s business. She’ll definitely be missed.