18 Facts About ‘The Golden Girls’ You Never Heard Until Now

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Rue or not?

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The lady that played Blanche Devereaux wasn’t actually named Rue. Her real name was Eddi-Rue McClanahan. She also wasn’t the southern belle that she played. In fact, Eddi-Rue grew up in the Midwest alongside her working class parents, a beautician and builder. She was Irish and Choctaw, with a great grandfather who went by the name Running Hawk. The actress was a card carrying member of the tribe, and that heritage was passed down through her mother’s side. The actress wasn’t just the pretty face she played on the show, either. She graduated cum laude from college, where she majored in German and theater together.

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