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 ItemsRue's Depression Era Glass Golden Square Plate
Rue used this plate for this and that, here and there in her Manhattan apartment. The beautifully etched (or is that a molded design?) Depression Era glass piece measures 6″ square and it comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$175Three Antique Glass Bottles From Rue's Collection
You’ve got to love “The Piso Company” – the company that put out the green bottle in this assemblage of three antique bottles from Rue’s collection. This company was selling a cannibis extract to cure what ailed you. (See photo we found showing bottles with the original paper labels.) Since this is essentially liquid marijuana, cure you it certainly did! Rue loved all forms of quackery and loved the stories of potions and flim-flam that went along with the bottles in her collection. These three bottles will appear on one Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$275Rue's Director Chair [SOLD]
We aren’t quite sure which project Rue used this chair on, but we know she had it for years in the yard of her Manhattan apartment. The canvas has a little discoloration along the edge, and the stain is worn off the arms in some spots from frequent use, but it is still solid and there are no rips. The back is embroidered with Rue’s name. Comes with the frame and panels shown, and a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$325Rue's Large Painted Canvas Pillow
This is another fabulous piece that came from the renovation of Rue’s Encino, California home – when she was spending money like a Rockefeller! Do you know she actually spent over $1,000,000 on her yard alone! And this was almost 30-years ago (Oh, Rue!). Anyway, she did pick up some really amazing possessions during those crazy years, and this 19″, hand-painted canvas pillow is one of them. The piece comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$275Rue's Personal Playbills From Jimmy Shine (With Piece of Her First Night Bouquet)
Although Rue was an understudy in a couple of Broadway Shows before “Jimmy Shine,” this was the show in which she made her Broadway debut – she finally walked out onto a Broadway stage and performed. This was a pivotal role in her career and it personally validated the path she had chosen. The star of the show was none other than Mr. Dustin Hoffman, and Rue told us that since “The Graduate” had recently come out in theaters all over the world, there was a mob of screaming girls waiting for Mr. Hoffman after each performance – we actually found an image on the Internet! Although Rue saved Playbills from every show she was ever in, the Playbills from her Broadway debut held a place of particular importance in her heart. If you look at the photo taken of Rue from the night she first took the stage, you can see her holding one of these Playbills and a bouquet of red roses. Rue pressed a rose from that bouquet between the pages of that Playbill and over 45-years later we found a piece of the stem still inside. Isn’t that cool? Rue’s original Playbills from “Jimmy Shine will come with that piece of stem and a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$225 NOW $112.50Rue 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 $112.50