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So many deaths this year...

http://www.people.co...0390844,00.html

Golden Girl Rue McClanahan has died at the age of 76.

"She passed away at 1 a.m. this morning," her manager, Barbara Lawrence, tells PEOPLE. "She had a massive stroke."

McClanahan, who played man-happy Blanche Devereaux on the still-popular '80s sitcom Golden Girls, had suffered a minor stroke earlier this year while recovering from bypass surgery. Lawrence adds that at the time of her death Thursday, McClanahan “had her family with her. She went in peace.”

Still in syndication, Golden Girls ran on NBC from 1985 to 1992. Only last year, McClanahan's costar, Beatrice Arthur, died from cancer. Estelle Getty died in 2008. Surviving star Betty White, 88, is currently enjoying a remarkable resurgence in her career, having recently hosted Saturday Night Live.

Born in Healdton, Okla., Rue lived in six towns by the time she was 8. Her father was a road builder who moved from one project to another. She found solace in acting ("the only thing I ever wanted to do") and after four years at the University of Tulsa moved to New York, where she worked as a part-time file clerk while trying to find jobs in the theater.

Her first job was off Broadway, in 1957, and she finally hit Broadway in 1969. TV work came from soap operas, until she made it on CBS's Maude, starring Beatrice Arthur, starting in 1972. She played Maude's best friend Vivian.

But it was Golden Girls that put her on the map and led to fame, fortune – and several husbands. In all, she had six, including actor Morrow Wilson, whom she wed in 1997 and who survives her, as does a son, Mark Bish, from her first marriage.

As McClanahan told PEOPLE in 1986: "I've always been lucky enough to marry good cooks. One cooked Greek. One cooked Tex-Mex – chili and stuff." Then, with a laugh, she added, "True, one needed a recipe to make a peanut butter sandwich ..."

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Oh my....

Betty White went into that show as the oldest and she's now the only one living.....

We are watching the first generation of TV "Veterans" fading away...

I always thought that Bea Arthur was the oldest and Betty the youngest, but then I read that Rue was the youngest. Even though it's not surprising that they would start to die it is sad that Betty is the only one left.

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Goodbye, Farewell and Amen Rue. Blanche Deveraux was one of a kind and nobody else could have played her.

Richard: Did that champagne kick in, yet?

Blanche Devereaux: No... but if you're ready to make your move... I can pretend it did.

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I can't believe there's only one Golden Girl left. :( My family tells stories of me at 4 years old, watching GG and laughing at the punchline before the laugh track. These women and this show have been a part of my life for that long. They have never failed to make me laugh, either. It's like a part of my childhood dies with them. :(

RIP Rue, thank you so much! You will never be forgotten.

This might be one of my favorite Blanche scenes, LMAO:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqCg1cgEpVQ

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I can't believe how quickly most of the Golden Girls have gone. Only a few years ago they were all healthy.

Rue was superb as Blanche, but I also enjoyed her as fussy Aunt Fran on Mama's Family (I probably enjoyed that role more than Rue did).

And of course she was the nanny who poisoned Pat Randolph on AW. I always remember that because of the story Rue told, where she not only received a positive response from viewers for her actions, but she actually received a letter which basically said, "You're not doing it right. This is how I did it," and gave her detailed instructions! Rue was never ashamed of her soap work -- just the opposite.

Rue was also in one of the first gay-themed films in the US, Some of My Best Friends Are. And she spent years fighting for better and safer treatment of animals.

Sitcoms are so lousy these days, due in part to the absence of talent like Rue. What a legacy she's leaving.

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RIP Blacne. Lesbian, Lesbian....

:lol: That one was on yesterday. I caught it in the morning and last night. Actually, I think it was just one of the clip shows that they did, and one of the clips was from that episode.

Rue was so hilarious. I love the one where Rebecca comes and announces her plans to get pregnant through artificial insemination, and of course, Blanche is just shocked that anyone would want to get pregnant without really working for it. "A sperm bank. A apeeeeeerm baaaank."

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CAT!!!

How did you make/find that avatar so fast?! :o

Found it on Oh No They Didn't! I *had* to have it. It sums up everything that Rue infused into Blanche Devereux.

One of my favorite GG episodes:

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