Rue died today at the age of 76.
I've been humming 'Thank You For Being A Friend' ever since I heard the news.
Rue appeared in 2 of my favorite TV series - 'Maude' and 'Golden Girls'
Both shows were way ahead of their time in portraying older women as more than Moms or bitter bitches.
Maude was the first prime time TV show to deal with the issues of abortion and menopause.
Golden Girls brought us four women who were in charge of their lives.
Older, divorced or widowed, they moved forward with grace and humor. They had careers, they had fun, they had men ...
Ahhhh - Rue as Blanche - what a sexy sassy wonder she was!
Something tells me Rue was born to play Blanche ...
"People always ask me if I`m like Blanche. And I say, `Well, Blanche was an oversexed, self-involved, man-crazy, vain Southern Belle from Atlanta -- and I`m not from Atlanta!"
You can view a collection of some of Blanche's best moments HERE
I was lucky enough to see Rue appear in 'Wicked' as 'Madame Morrible' - she was exquisite.
In her off stage life Rue worked tirelessly for animal rights. She was also outspoken on the issue of gay rights and the rights of all humans.
"Compassion is the foundation of everything positive, everything good. If you carry the power of compassion to the marketplace and the dinner table, you can make your life really count."
Rue McClanahan's life counted.
Peaceful Journey Rue