The late Rue McClanahan was even sassier than Blanche Devereaux, the sexy Southern senior she played on The Golden Girls from 1985-1992. In Touch interviewed her back in November 2004 — and the Emmy-winning actress and pioneering animal-rights activist opened up about beating breast cancer, hating Sex and the City and how when it came to marriage, the sixth time was the charm.
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Do you think Blanche would be a Botox babe today? I think she would. She went to have a face-lift and then chickened out, as I recall, on one of the shows. She’d be in for anything that makes her look younger, as long as it’s not too painful.
Blanche was quite the man-eater. If you were to do a Demi and hook up with one of today’s young Hollywood studs, who’d be your Ashton?
I wouldn’t trade my husband in for all the men in Hollywood, darling. I’m married to the most wonderful man in the world, Morrow Wilson. When I found out I had breast cancer, we had only known each other for two-and-a-half weeks. I came out of the doctor’s office and told him, and he said, "I want you to know that I love you, and I want to be with you for the long haul — whatever it takes.” That’s the kind of strength that any woman in that situation needs in her man!
Do you have any advice for creating a happy marriage?
Go to a marriage counselor, understand each other, be very patient and very loving. You’ve got to learn who you’re really with, and he has to learn who he’s really with.
What’s your suggested strategy for someone dealing with breast cancer?
Stay optimistic and expect to get well.
You worked with Beyoncé on The Fighting Temptations. What was your take on her?
So beautiful, so sweet, so talented. What people forget about her is how young she is: She had a birthday party during filming — and it was a roller-skating party!
The Golden Girls seemed to pave the way for another frisky female foursome in Sex and the City. What did you think of that show?
I think it was one of the most dreadfully written shows! I thought it was sleazy. They’re not being discriminating if they say we have anything in common!
WEtv pays tribute to Rue tonight with an eight-hour Golden Girls marathon featuring the best of Blanche. “WE Remember Rue” airs from 5 p.m. through 1 a.m.