Romantic intrigue are a part of this collection of ten titles from the library of Rue McClanahan’s Manhattan home. This group includes five paperbacks and five hardcovers. There are a few FIRST EDITION’s, including a 40-year old coffee table book entitled “Hollywood and the Great Fan Magazines.” Two of the newer hardcovers even have Rue’s bookplate glued inside. However, it is a couple of the books from the early 50’s that are really interesting because they have a romantic story attached. During a summer Rue spent acting as one of the Jatoma Players in Ann Arbor, MI, she became infatuated with a number of local boys: Ed; Norman, who ended up deflowering her years later in NYC and later still becoming her second husband; and a suitor named Max Harris. Rue studied German in college as did Max, and so he used their language connection to try and win the battle for her affections. One of these books is a falling apart old German textbook that belonged to Max Harris, it contains Rue’s notes and even a 60-year old folded piece of paper with a paragraph she composed in German. The other book in this pairing is a book of poetry given to Rue by Max Harris for Christmas of 1954. This volume contains a beautiful inscription on the inside cover wherein he declares his love. This collection of books comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from The Estate of Rue McClanahan, and we are going to include copies of several pages from Rue’s journal during this period, when she is trying to figure out which one of the men she wanted to be with. It is compelling reading!
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Featured ItemsOriginal Photographs Given To Rue By Brad Davis From "Midnight Express"
Rue adored the late actor Brad Davis, and from all accounts the feeling was mutual. Rue and Mr. Davis did theatre together in New York City in the ’70s, and then Mr. Davis lived at Rue’s home when he first moved out to California. Not only did Rue love him personally, but she considered him one of the finest young actors of his generation. Brad Davis starred in the powerful movie “Midnight Express” – if you haven’t seen it, we highly recommend you stop reading this and add it to your Netflix queue immediately! – and he gifted Rue these original stills from the production. The photographs measure 10″ x 6-6.75″. We are including an original 4.5″ x 3.5″ snapshot from Rue’s personal photo collection of the two of them and others at the Cannes Film Festival in 1978. We’ll also include prints of the two photos of Rue and Brad showing them on stage together in New York City and in Rue’s garden in California. This mini photo collection will appear on one Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$650 NOW $325Original Photograph From Charity Campaign Rue Did With A Dear Friend
Can you believe that “dear friend” that Rue did this charity campaign with is Estelle Getty?! It doesn’t even look like her, does it? The hair and makeup team on “The Golden Girls” really did a great job making Estelle Getty look older than she really was. There is a rumor that has been circulating for decades that Estelle was the YOUNGEST one of “The Golden Girls,” but that is not true. In fact, Rue was the youngest of all the women, but 12 years, but Estelle WAS two months younger than Bea Arthur, who played her daughter “Dorothy,” so Rue always suspected that was how the rumor started. Trust me though, Rue was ALWAYS quick to correct people on that one! Anyway, here is an original 5″ x 7″ photograph that Rue owned from a charitable photo campaign she and Estelle did together. Those two really adored each other – all the girls loved Estelle – and you can see it in this photo, and you can see it in the final photo taken of the two of them together right before Estelle passed away; their’s was a friendship that lasted until the end. There were a few portraits with wardrobe and animal changes from this shoot, but this was the one used in the campaign. Rue’s original photograph with Estelle Getty comes with prints of the other photos posted a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$675Rue's Golden Cup and Saucer
Rue could be a glamour girl when she wanted to be, and when she wanted to be a glamour girl she would drink her tea or coffee out of this golden cup and saucer. Do you have certain pieces you use depending upon your mood? Well, Rue did. This piece measures 4.75″ across from the edge of handle to the opposite side cup lip, and 2.25″ high. The matching saucer is 5.75″ across. Rue’s golden cup and saucer comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$275Original Photograph With Significant Hollywood Connection
Rue was made the Honorary Mayor of Hollywood in the ’90s. Don’t you just love the enthusiasm and joy of the women near her? Anyway, the photographer who took the photo was George Hurrell’s last assistant, the photographer Richard Settle. Hurrell was the biggest Hollywood glamour photographer in history, and his long term assistant is an amazing photographer in his own right. We know for a fact that this photograph is “important” because it is an original print of Rue McClanahan that was personally owned by her, but we suspect it is “IMPORTANT” on a completely different level due to the historical significance of the man who shot the photo. Only time will tell…. Rue’s original photograph from the day she became Honorary Mayor comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$575Portrait With Bob Hope From His Show
Rue and Bob Hope worked together when he did an episode of “The Golden Girls” in the late 1980s; Mr. Hope adored Rue and the feeling was mutual. Years later, in the mid ’90s, Mr. Hope asked Rue to appear on one of his television specials and, of course, she was thrilled to do so. This portrait was taken during that appearance. Trivia Fact #1 – Rue used this portrait in her memoir and the publisher’s tag is still on the back. Trivial Fact #2 – Rue was wearing a dress from a episode of “The Golden Girls” when she went on Mr. Hope’s show! This original 8″ x 10″ portrait comes with prints of the photos posted and a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$950Rue's Fancy Schmancy Demitasse Cup and Saucer
I remember the day Rue bought an espresso machine and used this fancy cup to drink the first one she made. I also remember her tapping out the grounds and accidentally throwing out the metal cup inside the handled piece and not being able to use the machine again until we could get a new one – oh, Rue! Rue’s fancy schmancy demitasse cup measures 2″ high and 2.5″ across, and the matching leaf shaped saucer is 4″ across. Rue’s lavender cup and saucer come with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.