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I love "The Golden Girls" and couldn't wait to read Rue McClanahan's autobiography. She writes in a manically bubbly style, gushing over the highs and lows of a long show-biz career and a love-life that was so hot it would make even Blanche Devereaux blush.
Eddie Rue McClanahan was born into a conservative Oklahoma family during the Depression, and from an early age wanted two things: To be an actress and to be popular. Popular, to Rue, meant being loved and adored by men, and she was always falling in love too easily and only later wondering why she didn't make better decisions. She was a struggling stage actress in New York with two quick marriages and divorces under her belt when she met Norman Lear who began casting her in TV sitcoms. Two more divorces later, she landed the role of the man-hungry Blanche on "Golden Girls," and gained world-wide fame. Breast cancer and husband number 5 bring her story up to date.
I was fascinated with Rue's unfailing optimism, her determination to succeed in show business, and her abysmally poor decisions when it came to romance. I gave up counting how many affairs she had, and was slack-jawed at the speed with which she married and then hated each husband. Some were physically and emotionally abusive, which was beyond self-destructive; her revolving-door romances were selfish and cruel to her son, who often disliked and was abused by her men. Now in her seventies, Rue still sees herself as an ageless coquette, the belle of the ball desired by every man who sees her. She's happy now, and I'm glad, but her choices in life were often childish and always self-serving. Rue's fans won't be able to put this page-turner down.