|Birthname:||Eddi Rue McClanahan|
|Born:||21 February 1934|
|Birthplace:||Healdton, Oklahoma, United States|
|Spouse:||Morrow Wilson (1997–present)|
Tom Keel (1985-1986) (divorced)
Gus Fisher (1976-1978) (divorced)
Peter DMaior (1964-1971) (divorced)
Norman Hartweg (1959-1961) (divorced)
Tom Bish (1958-1959) (divorced) 1 child
|Emmyawards:||Outstanding Lead Actress - Comedy Series The Golden Girls, 1987|
Rue McClanahan (born Eddi Rue McClanahan; February 21, 1934) is an Emmy Award-winning American actress, known for her roles on the television sitcoms Maude and The Golden Girls. She currently stars in as Peggy Ingram.
McClanahan was born in Healdton, Oklahoma, the daughter of Dreda Rheua-Nell (née Medaris), a beautician, and William Edwin McClanahan, a building contractor.  She is of Irish and Choctaw Indian ancestry, and grew up in Ardmore, Oklahoma; she graduated from Ardmore High School in 1953. At the University of Tulsa, she majored in German and Theatre and was a member of the sorority Kappa Alpha Theta.
She began acting on stage in New York City in 1957, but her breakout role was of maniacal nanny Caroline Johnson on Another World from July 1970 - September 1971. In the show, while taking care of twins Michael and Marianne Randolph, Caroline fell in love with their father, John, and began poisoning their mother, Pat. Due in part to McClanahan's performance, the short-term role was extended to over a year before Caroline was finally brought to justice after kidnapping the twins. McClanahan expected negative fan reaction but was generally popular, even getting one letter advising her on the best poisons with which to kill Pat. Unlike a number of actors who become famous after leaving soaps, McClanahan has always praised daytime drama and the people who work in it. Once her role onAnother World ended, Rue joined the cast of the CBS soap Where the Heart Is, where sheplayed not so nice Margaret Jardin.
In The Golden Girls, broadcast from 1985 until 1992, McClanahan portrayed man-crazed Southern belle Blanche Devereaux. Devereaux was the owner of a house inhabited by four roommates: herself, Dorothy Zbornak (Bea Arthur), Rose Nylund (Betty White), and Sophia Petrillo (Estelle Getty). She received an Emmy Award in 1987 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on The Golden Girls.
She made a nod to her beginnings on Another World in an episode of The Golden Girls, called "The Flu" when, as Blanche, she, along with Dorothy and Rose, were sick with the flu, and Blanche wanted to watch Another World over the strenuous objections of Dorothy.
She also appeared as a leader of Al-Anon in a 1970s informational video called "Slight Drinking Problem," in which Patty Duke played the enabling and eventually self-empowered wife of an alcoholic.
McClanahan starred in 1961's The Rotten Apple, as well as Walk the Angry Beach in 1968. In 1971 she played a vicious fag hag in the film Some of My Best Friends Are... which was set in a gay bar. On May 31 2005, McClanahan took over the role of Madame Morrible in the hit Broadway musical Wicked, for which she received mixed reviews. She did however, receive a positive notice from the New York Times:
The former Golden Girls star Rue McClanahan, dressed in flamboyant kimonolike costumes, is doing marvelous things with vowel sounds as Madame Morrible, the flamboyant headmistress of the witches' school. She steals scenes with a flip of a hand.
A lifelong animal-rights advocate and vegetarian, McClanahan was one of the first celebrity supporters of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). She is also a lifelong supporter of the Democratic Party. In December 2003, she wrote a letter informing Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry that his pheasant hunting had cost him her vote. (Which went to Ralph Nader instead.) In 2008, she endorsed, then presidential candidate, Barack Obama.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 1997. She is also the mother of one child, a son, Mark Bish, from a previous marriage.
In 1998 she was also in "Nunsense"Her autobiography, My First Five Husbands, was released nationwide in the spring of 2007.
In June 2008, The Golden Girls was awarded the 'Pop Culture' award at the Sixth Annual TV Land Awards. Rue accepted the award with co-stars Bea Arthur and Betty White. McClanahan is the aunt of author Amelia Kinkade.
Rue McClanahan is currently acting in the series Sordid Lives on the Logo network, which premiered July 23rd, 2008. She plays Peggy Ingram, the older sister of Sissy Hickey and mother of Latrelle, LaVonda and Earl "Brother Boy".
McClanahan was nominated for four Emmy Awards: