In the library and in some tall cabinets in the living room of her Manhattan apartment, Rue had heaps of DVD’s, CD’s, VHS tapes and cassettes, and now you can be the proud owner of 3 of each. We’ll include a Certificate of Authenticity from The Estate of Rue McClanahan so, in theory, by highlighting each item on the COA you can make 12 individuals gifts to “The Golden Girls” fans in your life. But quite honestly, the really exciting part of this collection is in two of the three cassette tapes. One, a voice lesson Rue had in 2002 with her sixth husband’s vocal coach, Luba, is excruciating; if you make it through the full tape, you’re much tougher than we are. The other, however, is actually fascinating because it captures the creative process between Rue and her musical collaborator as they worked together at the piano in Rue’s home. They wrote – and Rue produced during a hiatus from “The Golden Girls” – a musical farce entitled: “Oedipus Schmedipus, As Long as You Love Your Mother.” The show opened to rave reviews at The Golden Theatre in Burbank, California in the Summer of 1991. You can hear how much Rue is enjoying the process of creating music and lyrics, and experience how her creative process worked. This is an intimate and very personal recording from inside a star’s private life.
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Featured ItemsRue's Unique Twisty Metal Necklace/Sculpture
This is an amazing piece! Is it a necklace? Is it a piece of sculpture? Rue wore it as a piece of jewelry, but it really could sit on one’s desk or a shelf in any shape you wanted. Through ingenious design, the piece has this ability to hold any shape you put it into. Rue’s metal necklace/sculpture measures 36″ long and it is a tad over .25″ thick. The piece will come with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$375 NOW $187.50Rue's First Edition Book About Lydon Johnson
Rue McClanahan was a VERY politically active person. Boy oh boy would she have a lot to say about this election coming up! Rue did her homework and read a lot. She particularly enjoyed biographies and autobiographies about and by political figures. Here is one of the hardbound FIRST EDITION books from her collection. The volume comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$99"Miss Craig's Face-Saving Exercises" and 13 Other Books from Rue's Library
Rue loved to read and she owned a room full of books. Each of the books in this collection of 14 titles will have a printed bookplate on the inside indicating the following: “From the Private Library of Rue McClanahan.” Although “Miss Craig’s Face-Saving Exercises” from 1970 is almost too good to let go – someone really ought to frame the inside cover – we have decided that it is time to clear out Rue’s books. This stack consists of six hardcover and eight softcover titles, and it includes a wonderful coffee table book about theatre. Comes with one Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
(We’ll pay shipping for US residents because we can use Media Mail, but out of Country must pay shipping – books are HEAVY! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll create a shipping button for you if you reside outside the United States.)
$275Rue Made Dangling Frog Earrings
Rue made this pair of dangling frog earrings way back in the 1990s. The frogs are a half inch across and the whole earring dangles down 2.5″. Rue really did have a thing for frogs, they were all over her house in one form or another, as you can see from the photo posted which shows some of her other frogs. Rue’s frog earrings come with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$275 NOW $137.50Rue's $1.69 Notebook That We Have Priced at $2,500 (WHAT!?)
We found this old notebook in a stack of Rue’s papers at the bottom of one of her file cabinets in the home office of her Manhattan apartment. The first thing we noticed is the coffee splatter marks on the cover and that let us know it was DEFINITELY Rue McClanahan’s! Before the old notebook hit the trashcan someone opened it up and just look at what was discovered – it is a treasure chest with over half a dozen of Rue’s “doodles” inside. If we had to assign levels to Rue’s “doodles” we’d have to say this notebook has a couple minor ones, a couple more that are pretty good examples of her work, and three that are unquestionably MAJOR! All the “doodles” are worthy of framing, even some of the little sketches in pencil, but that will be up to you. We were going to break the thing up and do the framing ourselves, but we decided to keep the piece intact, just as we found it. Rue’s “doodle” notebook comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$2,500 NOW $1,250Black and White Original Cardboard Mounted Rue Portrait From 1967
Rue owned two of these blow ups from a 1967 portrait shot by Jacques Cartier; he was the founder of The Hartford Stage Company where she performed for a season. We already posted the framed one that hung in Rue’s home office – you can see that one in the photos posted – but this is probably the one you can see without a frame in the photo taken in Rue’s Cloisters of Fort Lee home in 1972. This is a large piece – it measures 13.75″ high and 10.5″ wide, and it comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$375 NOW $187.50