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 ItemsFabulous Framed Original Publicity Still from "The Rotten Apple" [SOLD]
This might just be the only one of these particular publicity stills remaining in the world! It is from one of the first movies Rue ever made. She ended up in a long love affair with the director – natch! Rue hung onto this amazing shot for almost 50 years, and she loved the look of it until the end of her life. It is framed in an vintage tin or some other light metal frame, and it comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$150Personalize Signed 8" x 10" Memoir Cover Shot - "To Joseph" [SOLD]
Why Rue never sent this personalized, signed photograph to whoever this Joseph was, we’ll never know. Perhaps she didn’t like the signature, but she never threw it out. We found this in her desk. Certainly there is a Joseph out there that you know, or perhaps you are one yourself, who is a Rue McClanahan fan. This is very likely the only way you’ll ever get an original, personalized, signed picture of Rue. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$99Formal Portrait of Rue, Her Little Sister, and Mother
This formal portrait was taken of Rue, her little sister Melinda, and her mother back in 1944. Rue told me that her grandmother made their matching dresses; obviously that is where both Rue and her sister got their sewing talent, because those dresses are beautiful. Although people are always raving about digital photography, we think these old black and whites from film are crisper than anything around today. Rue’s original 8.75″ x 6.5″ portrait from 1944 comes with a certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$375 NOW $187.50Rue Made Faux Fur Hat
Rue made this hat using a fluffy faux fur. The piece is lined with what appears to be off-white flannel. It is a fun piece that requires a certain character to pull off. Most of us look like a Cossack when we put it on, or like we ought to be leading a marching band, but somehow Rue always looked regal in the piece, like Joan Collins, and that is a talent! Rue’s fluffy faux fur hat comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$225 NOW $112.50Rue's Cat-Peeking-Over-Shelf Piece
We always look for pictures of Rue with the items that we post, and we were thrilled when we found this little cat statue in PERFECT photographs because the cat is peeking in on the edge or at the top of the frame. What a hoot! The porcelain piece measures 9.5″ deep, it is 4.25″ wide and 4.5″ high. Rue’s peeking cat comes with prints of the photos posted and a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$375Five of Rue's Lipsticks [SOLD]
Rue had a vast pile of makeup that she collected from all the professionals taking care of her over the years. In this lot, you will get five of her used tubes of lipstick – the five shown – and a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.