'Golden Girls' Rue McClanahan gone but will live on

rue-mcclanahan-golden-girls.jpg Rue McClanahan, who played the amorous and always game aging Southern seductress Blanche Deveraux in  the much beloved '80s sitcom, "The Golden Girls" died Thursday (June 3) of a stroke. She had had open heart surgery last year.

The Dish Rag fondly recalls her 2004 appearance at a book signing at A Different Light, a gay bookstore in West Hollywood. where the line was literally down the block to meet her.

McClanahan's autobiography was titled "My First Five Husbands and the Ones Who Got Away." Two hundred fans crowded the store, holding books, DVDs, and t-shirts to be signed (shirts on sale read, "Thank You For Being a Friend").
Rue answered just a few questions before she began signing.