Rue McClanahan


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Biography:
Birth Name: Rue McClanahan
Born: 02/21/1934
Birth Place: Healdton, Oklahoma, USA
Death Place: New York, USA
Died: 06/03/2010

McClanahan was born on Feb. 21, 1934 in Healdton, OK to her father William, a building contractor, and her mother, Dreda Rheuna-Nell, a beautician. Stage struck from an early age, she headed to New York after graduating cum laude from the University of Tulsa. Small roles followed in theater, as well as parts in low-budget features like "Walk the Angry Beach" (1968). McClanahan also enjoyed stints on such soap operas as "Another World" (CBS, 1964-1999) and "Where the Heart Is" (CBS, 1969-1973). A part in the Broadway production of "Jimmy Shine," starring Dustin Hoffman, was followed by an OBIE-winning part in an episode of "Great Performances" (PBS, 1972- ) called "Who's Happy Now?"

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