Betty White remembers ‘Golden’ friend

Betty White is having a hard time dealing with the loss of her
“Golden Girls” co-star Rue McClanahan.
“Rue was a close and dear friend. I treasured our relationship,”
White, 88, said in a statement. “It hurts more than I ever thought it
would, if that’s even possible.”
McClanahan, who played the bawdy Blanche
Devereaux on the hit sitcom,
died Thursday of a massive stroke at age 76.
The Emmy Award-winning actress was a breast cancer survivor who had been in
shaky health. While recovering from bypass surgery, she suffered a minor stroke
earlier this year.
The death of the scene-stealing actress leaves Betty White the last surviving
member of “The Golden Girls,” which ran on NBC
from 1985 to 1992 and remains in syndication.
McClanahan’s co-star Beatrice Arthur succumbed to cancer last year at age 86, and
wise-cracking Estelle Getty died in 2008.
Like her on-screen alter-ego, McClanahan had a history with men. She was
married six times and described her experiences in her 2007 autobiography,
“My First Five Husbands.”
McClanahan is survived by one son, Mark Bish, from her first marriage.

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