The Golden Girls made a woman of Rue McClanahan.
McClanahan—who earned an Emmy along with, by her own assessment, a measure of courage playing Blanche Devereaux, the lustiest member of the sitcom classic's retiree quartet—died early today from what was termed a massive stroke. She was 76.
"She had her family with her. She went in peace," her manager, Barbara Lawrence, said.
The Golden Girls itself is immortal, as McClanahan herself observed.