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Rue McClanahan (February 21, 1934 - July 3, 2010) was an American actress, best known for playing Blanche Devereaux on the Touchstone Television show The Golden Girls, for which she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in 1987.

She was offered the role of Rose Nyulund, but she had already played the ditzy Vivian Harmon on Maude and didn't want to get typecast, so she switched roles with Betty White.

She was named a Disney Legend in 2009, but she was too ill to attend the ceremony, hence her hand prints and signature are not on her plaque, unlike the recipients who were alive when they were named Disney Legends.

Rue passed on July 3, 2010 of a stroke in New York City.

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