GOLDEN GIRLS: La vie et la carrière de Rue McClanahan / The real life story of Rue McClanahan.

Présentation: La vie et la carrière de la célèbre vedette Rue McClanahan, mieux connue pour ses rôles dans les Golden Girls (des Femmes en or) et pour son rôle dans la série Maude. Dans ce documentaire produit par la firme Lifetime, on découvre la vie des 4 vedettes de l'émission The Golden Girls et bien que produit à partir d'images d'archives et d'entrevues simples, le produit final est fabuleux, riche en information et surtout nous permet de mieux connaître les 4 grandes dames. Cette section du documentaire est consacrée à Rue McClanahan, un DVD à posséder abslument. 10/10

(Wikipedia) Rue McClanahan est une actrice et productrice américaine née le 21 février 1934 à Healdton, Oklahoma (États-Unis).

Rue McClanahan est né à Healdton, dans l'Oklahoma, et est la fille de Dreda Rheua-Nell (née Medaris), une esthéticienne et de William Edwin McClanahan, un entrepreneur en bâtiment. Elle a grandi à Ardmore dans l'Oklahoma ; elle a terminé ses études au lycée Ardmore en 1953. À l'université de Tulsa, elle s'est spécialisée en allemand et au théâtre. Elle était un membre du club féminin Kappa Alpha Theta.
Elle ne se fit connaître sur Broadway qu'en 1969 lorsqu'elle interpreta Sally Weber dans la comédie musicale Jimmy Shine avec Dustin Hoffman.
Dans le feuilleton Maude, de 1972 à 1978, elle a interpreté le rôle de Vivian Harmon, la meilleure amie de Maude (Beatrice Arthur).
Dans les Golden Girls (Les Craquantes en VF), elle interpreta de 1985 à 1992, le rôle de Blanche Devereaux, la sulfureuse sudiste mangeuse d'hommes et propriétaire de la maison occupée par elle et ses co-locataires : Dorothy Zbornak (Beatrice Arthur), Rose Nylund (Betty White) et Sophia Petrillo (Estelle Getty). Elle reçut grâce à ce sitcom un Emmy Award en 1987.
Défendant le droit des animaux et végétarienne convaincue, elle est l'une des plus importantes partisanes de la PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).
Elle est également pour le parti démocrate. En décembre 2003, elle écrivit une lettre informant le candidat démocrate John Kerry que sa chasse au faisan lui avait coûté son vote. Elle vota donc pour Ralph Nader. En 2008, elle soutient Barack Obama à la candidature pour le poste de président des Etats-Unis.
Un cancer du sein lui fut diagnostiqué en juin 1997. Elle est aussi la mère d'un enfant, un fils, Mark Bish, d'un ancien mariage.

* 1961 : Door-to-Door Maniac : Pamela
* 1961 : The Grass Eater : Loraina
* 1963 : Five Minutes to Love : Sally 'Poochie'
* 1964 : How to Succeed with Girls
* 1965 : Angel's Flight
* 1968 : Walk the Angry Beach : Sandy
* 1970 : The People Next Door : Della
* 1964 : Another World (série TV) : Caroline Johnson (1970-1971)
* 1971 : The Pursuit of Happiness : Mrs. O'Mara
* 1971 : They Might Be Giants : Daisy Playfair
* 1971 : Hogan's Goat (TV) : Josey Finn
* 1971 : Some of My Best Friends Are : Lita Joyce
* 1969 : Where the Heart Is (série TV) : Margaret Jardin #2 (1971-1972)
* 1973 : Blade : Gail
* 1974 : The Rimers of Eldritch (TV) : Cora Groves
* 1978 : A Different Approach
* 1978 : Having Babies III (TV) : Gloria Miles
* 1978 : Sergeant Matlovich Vs. the U.S. Air Force (TV) : Mat's mother
* 1978 : Apple Pie (série TV) : Ginger-Nell Hollyhock
* 1978 : Rainbow (TV) : Ida Koverman
* 1979 : Topper (TV) : Clara Topper
* 1980 : Gridlock (TV) : Adele Sherman
* 1981 : Word of Honor (TV) : Maggie McNeill
* 1982 : The Day the Bubble Burst (TV) : Barbara Arvey
* 1983 : The Skin of Our Teeth (TV) : Fortune Teller
* 1985 : Les Craquantes (série TV) : Blanche Devereaux
* 1986 : Picnic (TV) : Flo Owens
* 1987 : La Petite fille aux allumettes (The Little Match Girl) (TV) : Frances Dutton
* 1988 : Liberace (TV) : Frances
* 1988 : Mariez mes filles, s.v.p. (Take My Daughters, Please) (TV) : Lilah Page
* 1989 : The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (TV)
* 1989 : Nightmare Classics (TV)
* 1989 : The Man in the Brown Suit (TV) : Suzy Blair
* 1989 : The Wickedest Witch (TV) : Avarissa
* 1990 : Modern Love (film, 1990 : Mrs. Evelyn Parker
* 1990 : After the Shock (TV) : Sherra Cox
* 1990 : Les Enfants de la mariée (Children of the Bride) (TV) : Margret Becker
* 1990 : To My Daughter (TV) : Laura Carlson
* 1990 : The Dreamer of Oz (TV) : Matilda Electra Joslyn Gage
* 1991 : Biosphere 2 : Hostess
* 1991 : Baby of the Bride (TV) : Margaret Hix
* 1992 : The Golden Palace (série TV) : Blanche Deveraux
* 1993 : Nunsense (TV) : Rev. Mother Mary Regina
* 1993 : Mother of the Bride (TV) : Margaret Becker Hix
* 1993 : Souvenir du Viêt-nam (Message from Nam) (TV) : Beatrice Andrews
* 1994 : Nunsense 2: The Sequel (TV) : Rev. Mother Superior Sister Mary Regina
* 1994 : A Burning Passion: The Margaret Mitchell Story (TV) : Grandma Stephens
* 1995 : L'Invité de Noël (A Holiday to Remember) (TV) : Miz Leona (Clay's Aunt)
* 1996 : Erreur judiciaire (Innocent Victims) (TV) : Marylou Hennis
* 1996 : Cher bon Dieu (Dear God) : Mom Turner
* 1997 : Le Pied marin (Out to Sea) : Ellen Carruthers
* 1997 : Liens secrets (This World, Then the Fireworks) : Mom Lakewood
* 1997 : Annabelle's Wish (vidéo) : Scarlett (voix)
* 1997 : Starship Troopers : Biology Teacher
* 1998 : Border to Border : Mrs. Kirby
* 1998 : Rusty, chien détective (Rusty : A Dog's Tale) : Edna Callahan
* 1998 : Columbo - En grande pompe (Columbo: Ashes to Ashes) (TV) : Verity Chandler
* 1999 : À chacun son tour (A Saintly Switch) (TV) : Aunt Fanny
* 1999 : Blue's Big Treasure Hunt (vidéo) : Grandma
* 1999 : Safe Harbor (série TV) : Grandma Loring
* 1999 : The Lot (série TV) : Priscilla Tremaine (1999)
* 2000 : The Moving of Sophia Myles (TV) : Mary-Margaret
* 2001 : Nuncrackers (vidéo) : Reverend Mother
* 2002 : Stage On Screen: The Women (TV) : Countess de Lage
* 2003 : Un miracle à 19 pattes (Miracle Dogs) (TV) : Katherine Mannion
* 2003 : The Fighting Temptations : Nancy Stringer
* 2005 : Wit's End : Dean Madison
* 2005 : Un souvenir éternel (Back to You and Me) (TV) : Helen Ludwick

Rue McClanahan (February 21, 1934) is an American actress, known for her roles as Vivian Cavender Harmon on Maude, Fran Crowley on Mama's Family and Blanche Devereaux on The Golden Girls, for which she won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in 1987.

McClanahan was born Eddi-Rue McClanahan in Healdton, Oklahoma, the daughter of Dreda Rheua-Nell (née Medaris), a beautician, and William Edwin McClanahan, a building contractor.[1][2] She is of Irish and Choctaw Indian ancestry,[2] and grew up in Ardmore, Oklahoma; she graduated from Ardmore High School. At the University of Tulsa, she majored in German and theater and was a member of the sorority Kappa Alpha Theta.
[edit] Early career
She began acting on Off-Broadway in New York City in 1957, but did not make her Broadway debut until 1969 when she portrayed Sally Weber in the original production of John Sebastian and Murray Schisgal's musical, Jimmy Shine, with Dustin Hoffman in the title role. 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 on Another World ended, Rue joined the cast of the CBS soap Where the Heart Is, where she played not so nice Margaret Jardin.

The handprints of Rue McClanahan in front of The Great Movie Ride at Walt Disney World's Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park.
In Maude, broadcast from 1972 to 1978, McClanahan played Maude's (Bea Arthur) best friend, Vivian Harmon.
[edit] The Golden Girls
Main article: The Golden Girls
In The Golden Girls, broadcast from 1985 until 1992 and as The Golden Palace for one year afterwards, 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.
[edit] Other work
She starred in the early seasons of Mama's Family as "Aunt Fran" Crowley from 1983 to 1985.
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:
McClanahan also guest starred on Newhart and was honored at the 2008 TV Land Awards for the cast's role in the Golden Girls, at which she was present.
[edit] Later life
A lifelong animal-rights advocate and vegetarian,[3] 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 2003 she appeared in the musical romantic comedy The Fighting Temptations as Nancy Stringer, which co-starred Cuba Gooding Jr., Beyonce Knowles, Mike Epps and Steve Harvey.
She replaced Carole Shelley as Madame Morrible in the musical Wicked on May 31, 2005. She played the role for eight months and departed the cast on January 8, 2006. She was replaced by Carol Kane on January 10, 2006.
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.[4] McClanahan is the aunt of author Amelia Kinkade and inventor Sean Kinkade.
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".
On November 14th, 2009 she was to be honored for her lifetime achievements at an event "Golden: A Gala Tribute To Rue McClanahan" at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, California.[5] - The event has been postponed to an unknown date because McClanahan was hospitalized for heart problems on November 4th.
McClanahan has planned a U.S tour of her one-woman show, based on her book, which will head for Broadway in 2010.

Emmy Awards:
* Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for: "The Golden Girls" (1986)
* Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for: "The Golden Girls" (1987) (won)
* Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for: "The Golden Girls" (1988)
* Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for: "The Golden Girls" (1989)
Golden Globe Awards:
* Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical for: "The Golden Girls" (1986)
* Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical for: "The Golden Girls" (1987)
* Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical for: "The Golden Girls" (1988)
Obie Awards (Broadway):
* Best Actress for "Who's Happy Now" (1969) (won)
Golden Apple Awards:
* Female Star of the Year for: "The Golden Girls" (1986) (won)
TV Land Awards:
* Pop Culture Award for: "The Golden Girls" (2008) (won)
* Quintessential Non-Traditional Family for: "The Golden Girls" (2003) (won)
[edit] TV Work
* Another World (cast member from 1970 – 1971)
* Where the Heart Is (cast member from 1971 – 1972)
* Hogan's Goat (1971)
* All in the Family (1972 - "The Bunkers and the Swingers")
* The Rimers of Eldritch (1974)
* Maude (1974 – 1978)
* Gimme A Break (2 episodes) (1981-1987)
* Mama's Family as Fran (cast member from 1983 – 1985)
* Murder, She Wrote (episode: Murder Takes the Bus) (1985)
* The Golden Girls (1985 – 1992)
* The Man in the Brown Suit (1989)
* Children of the Bride (1990)
* Baby of the Bride (1991)
* The Dreamer of Oz: The L. Frank Baum Story (1991)
* The Golden Palace (1992-1993)
* Mother of the Bride (1993)
* Boy Meets World (1 episode) 1993
* Dads TV Pilot (1997)
* A Saintly Switch (1999)
* Safe Harbor (11 episodes) (1999)
* Ladies Man (2 episodes) (2000)
* Hope & Faith brief 2005 appearance
* King of the Hill brief 2007 appearance
* Generation Gap (2008)
* Sordid Lives: The Series 12 episodes (2008)
* Law & Order guest appearance in 2009
* Celebrity Ghost Stories (October 17th, 2009)
* Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns (December 2, 2009)
[edit] Filmography
* The Rotten Apple (1961)
* Angel's Flight (1965)
* Walk the Angry Beach (1968)
* Hollywood After Dark (1968)
* The Unholy Choice (1968)
* Some of My Best Friends Are... (1971)
* They Might Be Giants (1971)
* The Wickedest Witch (1989)
* Message from Nam (1993)
* Dear God (1996)
* Innocent Victims (TV movie) (1996)
* Annabelle's Wish (1997)
* Out to Sea (1997)
* Starship Troopers (1997)
* The Fighting Temptations (2003)
* Back to You and Me (2005)