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    Thu, 03 Jun 2010 10:59:47

    <i>Golden Girl</i> Rue McClanahan Dies  - Actress had a stroke at 76

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    While the Betty White cultural Renaissance rages on, it is with a heavy heart that I announce that her Golden Girls cast mate, Emmy winner Rue McClanahan has died of a stroke at the age of 76. The Associated Press was first to report the news. McClanahan played Southern-born, sexually aggressive man eater Blanche Deveraux on the hit series, which is currently in re-runs on many networks. I know because I watch it religiously, since I love the show so much, because the comedic timing of the late Bea Arthur, the hilarious writing and the chemistry among White, Arthur, McClanahan and the late Estelle Getty was unmatched.

    McClanahan’s manager confirmed that her client died today at 1 AM of a stroke. The actress had undergone breast cancer treatment in 1997 and had a heart bypass in 2009.

    Did you have a favorite Golden Girl? Or were you too young when the show was first on the air and are only now experience the second wave of Golden Girls mania?

    —Amy Sciarretto

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