Rue McClanahan

Lowest Rated: 12% Dear God (1996)
Birthday: Feb 21, 1934
Birthplace: Not Available
Graduating cum laude from the University of Tulsa, Rue McClanahan studied acting with Uta Hagen and at the Perry-Mansfield school. After her professional debut with a Pennsylvania stock company in 1957, McClanahan headed to New York, where between acting gigs she worked as a waitress, took shorthand and sold blouses. Grabbing any opportunity available, she made her TV bow on a 1960 episode of the TV series Malibu Run, then appeared in a handful of exploitation films with come-hither titles like Five Minutes to Love (she played "Poochie, the girl from the shack," a credit she has since dropped from her resumé). She managed to find more prestigious work on the New York stage, starring in such well-received productions as MacBird, Jimmy Shine, Sticks and Bones and California Suite. She also played regular roles on the TV soap operas Another World and Where the Heart Is. A 1972 guest shot on Norman Lear's controversial series All in the Family led to her being cast as Vivian Harmon on Lear's popular sitcom Maude, a role she played until the series' cancellation in 1978. McClanahan's next project was her own starring series, 1978's Apple Pie, which unfortunately bit the dust after three shows. She went on to play the vitriolic Aunt Fran on the network version of Mama's Family (1983-85), then was co-starred with her Maude colleague Bea Arthur in The Golden Girls (1985-92). Her well-rounded portrayal of overly amorous museum worker Blanche Devereaux won her an 1986 Emmy award; she reprised the character in the Golden Girls spin-off Golden Palace (1992-93). The star of several made-for-TV movies, McClanahan co-produced and appeared in a brace of "dramedies," Mother of the Bride (1991) and Baby of the Bride (1992).


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Generation Gap Kay 2008
No Score Yet Back to You & Me Helen 2005
42% The Fighting Temptations Nancy Stringer $30.3M 2003
No Score Yet Miracle Dogs Katherine Mannion 2003
No Score Yet Nuncrackers - The Nunsense Christmas Musical Actor 2003
No Score Yet Nuncrackers Reverend Mother 2001
No Score Yet The Moving of Sophia Myles Mary-Margaret 2000
No Score Yet A Saintly Switch Aunt Fanny 1999
No Score Yet Nunsense 3: The Jamboree Actor 1998
No Score Yet Columbo: Ashes to Ashes Actor 1998
No Score Yet Rusty: A Dog's Tale Edna Callahan 1998
62% Starship Troopers Biology Teacher 1997
No Score Yet Annabelle's Wish Actor 1997
43% This World, Then the Fireworks Mrs. Lakewood 1997
36% Out to Sea Mrs. Carruthers 1997
12% Dear God Mom Turner 1996
No Score Yet Innocent Victims Marylou Hennis 1996
No Score Yet Un Noël inespéré Miz Leona 1995
No Score Yet A Burning Passion: The Margaret Mitchell Story Grandma Stephens 1994
No Score Yet Nunsense 2: The Sequel Actor 1994
No Score Yet Mother of the Bride Margaret Becker Hix 1993
No Score Yet Baby of the Bride Margaret Hix Producer 1991
No Score Yet Children of the Bride Margret Becker 1990
No Score Yet Modern Love Evelyn 1990
No Score Yet After the Shock Sherra 1990
No Score Yet Rue McClanahan: The Dog Care Video Guide Actor 1990
No Score Yet Rue McClanahan: The Cat Care Video Guide Instructor 1990
No Score Yet Agatha Christie's 'The Man in the Brown Suit' Suzy Blair 1989
No Score Yet The Little Match Girl Frances Dutton 1987
No Score Yet The Skin of Our Teeth Fortune Teller 1983
No Score Yet The Day the Bubble Burst Barbara Arvey 1982
No Score Yet Word of Honor Maggie McNeill 1981
No Score Yet Great American Traffic Jam Actor 1980
No Score Yet Sergeant Matlovich vs. the U.S. Air Force Actor 1978
No Score Yet The Rimers of Eldritch Cora Groves 1974
No Score Yet Blade Actor 1973
No Score Yet Survival of Spaceship Earth Actor 1972
No Score Yet Hogan's Goat Actor 1971
No Score Yet Some of My Best Friends Are... Lita Joyce 1971
73% They Might Be Giants Daisy 1971
No Score Yet The Pursuit of Happiness Mrs. O'Mara 1971
No Score Yet The People Next Door Della 1970
No Score Yet Walk the Angry Beach (Hollywood After Dark) (The Unholy Choice) Sandy 1968
No Score Yet Five Minutes to Love Sally `Poochie' 1963
No Score Yet Door-to-Door Maniac Pamela 1961


No Score Yet The Golden Girls
Blanche Devereaux
  • 2019
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
No Score Yet Mama's Family
Aunt Fran Aunt Fran Crowley Fran
  • 2018
  • 1984
  • 1983
No Score Yet Maude
Vivian Cavender Harmon Vivian
  • 2017
  • 1978
  • 1977
  • 1976
  • 1975
  • 1974
  • 1973
  • 1972
No Score Yet Meet the Browns
  • 2009
No Score Yet King of the Hill
  • 2007
75% Wonderfalls
Millie Markus
  • 2005
No Score Yet Whoopi
  • 2004
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
Lila Winslow Amelia Archibald
  • 2001
  • 1994
8% Ladies Man
Aunt Lou
  • 2000
No Score Yet Blue's Clues
  • 1999
No Score Yet Safe Harbor
Grandma Loring Grandma
  • 1999
No Score Yet Columbo
Verity Chandler
  • 1998
No Score Yet Murphy Brown
  • 1997
No Score Yet Boy Meets World
  • 1993
75% The Golden Palace
Blanche Blanche Devereaux
  • 1993
  • 1992
No Score Yet Empty Nest
  • 1988
No Score Yet Newhart
  • 1987
  • 1983
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
Miriam Radford
  • 1985
No Score Yet Charles in Charge
Irene Pembroke
  • 1985
  • 1984
No Score Yet American Playhouse
Fortune Teller
  • 1983
No Score Yet All in the Family
  • 1972