Rue McClanahan - Rotten Tomatoes

Rue McClanahan

Highest Rated:   78% They Might Be Giants (1971)
Lowest Rated:   12% Dear God (1996)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
63% Starship Troopers
  • Biology Teacher
1997
No Score Yet Annabelle's Wish
  • Actor
1997
43% This World, Then the Fireworks
  • Mrs. Lakewood
1997
38% 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
78% 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

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