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Rue McClanahan, Blanche on 'The Golden Girls,' dies at 76

June 3, 2010 |  9:54 am

Rue McClanahan, a stage actress who later gained fame on the TV sitcom "The Golden Girls" alongside co-stars Bea Arthur, Betty White and Estelle Getty, died early Thursday of a stroke, according to her manager Barbara Lawrence. She was 76.

She had been treated for breast cancer in the late 1990s.

Arthur died in 2009 and Getty in 2008. Betty White keeps rolling at age 88, recently appearing on "Saturday Night Live."

Click here for an extensive interview McClanahan did with the Archive of American Television.

We'll have a full obituary later at

-- Claire Noland