Rue McClanahan Was ‘Brilliant,’ Says ‘Golden Girls’ Scribe Marc Cherry

by | June 4, 2010 at 9:17 AM | Desperate Housewives, TV News

Rue McClanahan as 'Golden Girls' Blanche (NBC)

Rue McClanahan as 'Golden Girls' Blanche (NBC)

‘Desperate Housewives’ creator Marc Cherry remembers the late Rue McClanahan as “brilliant” in her role on ‘The Golden Girls,’ where he served as a staff writer during the NBC comedy’s 1985-1992 run.

In fact, Cherry says, “My favorite character to write for was Blanche.”

‘Golden Girls’ Rue McClanahan Dies at 76

“In the hands of lesser actresses, Blanche’s vanity and sexual appetite would have been off-putting,” Cherry told TV’s ‘Extra.’ “But in Rue’s brilliant hands, that character became one of the most beloved in the history of TV.”

McClanahan passed away on Thursday at the age of 76, leaving Betty White as the sole surviving ‘Golden’ Girl. Estelle Getty and Bea Arthur died in 2008 and 2009, respectively.

Betty White Comments on the Death of Rue McClanahan

“Rue’s kindness, generosity and enormous talent will be sorely missed,” says Cherry.

Fancast fans, who was your favorite of the ‘Golden Girls’? Sassy Sofia? Daft Rose? Bawdy Blanche? Or surly Dorothy?