Rue was a breast cancer survivor and gave lectures on ageing gracefully. Rue was also an animal rights activist and worked with People for Ethical Treatment of Animals. As well as playing the role of Vivian in TV hit Maude, Rue is best known for her memorable role as the quickwitted sexpot bombshell Blanche Devereaux in the series The Golden Girls.
Married 7 times and after marriage number 2 ended, Rue (birth name Eddi-Rue McClanahan) moved to New York to persue her career as an actress.
One of Rue's quotes are, "People always ask me if I'm like Blanche. And I say, "Well, Blanche was an oversexed, self-involved, man-crazy, vain Southern belle from Atlanta -- and I'm not from Atlanta!" "
Rue passed away on 3 June 2010 by stroke. She will always be a bombshell to us.