By Rue McClanahan
Rue McClanahan, top identified for her portrayal of Blanche Devereaux at the Emmy-award successful sequence The Golden Girls unearths her existence out and in of the highlight in a laugh-out-loud humorous memoir approximately love, marriage, males, and aging that's each piece as colourful because the characters she played.
Raised in small-town Oklahoma in a home “thirteen cell poles previous the standpipe north of town,” Rue constructed her nice passions—theater and men—at an early age. She arrived in ny urban in 1957 with two-weeks worthy of cash in her pocket, hustled her manner right into a type with the mythical Uta Hagen, and commenced operating her approach up within the appearing international opposed to the colourful, free-spirited backdrop of the sixties. That’s whilst she met and married Husband #1—a good-looking rogue of an aspiring actor who fast left her with a tender son. nonetheless, she was firm to make it at the degree and screen—and within the years that undefined, rose to the head of the leisure global with a bunch of adventures (and husbands) alongside the best way.
From her roles on Broadway contrary Dustin Hoffman and Brad Davis, to her first tv appearances on Maude and All within the Family, to the Golden ladies era and past, My First 5 Husbands is the impossible to resist tale of 1 woman’s quest to discover herself. Rue is evidence that many stuff can and do recuperate with age—and that, if she retains her wits approximately her, even a small-town lady could make it big.
People regularly question me if i am like Blanche. and that i say, 'Well, Blanche was once an oversexed, self-involved, man-crazy, useless Southern Belle from Atlanta -- and i am now not from Atlanta!’” -- Rue McClanahan
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