You know Rue was a big crafter, right? If she wasn’t in front of a camera, she was working on some interesting little project or another. Here is a personalized Christmas ornament she made. Fist, she took a card she’d received and made copies and glued them onto construction paper. Then, she scanned and miniaturized pictures of herself over the decades, cut them out, and glued them on like they were ornaments on a mini-tree. The result is “The Rue McClanahan Ornament,” and you won’t find this in the stores. She made a few of them, but each is different. This one has copied pictures that she’d already glued on, plus some images unique to this particular ornament. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
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Featured ItemsRue's Amethyst and Crystal Necklace
Rue’s amethyst and bead necklace has a very substantial, expensive feeling to it. Although it is not marked, we suspect it was made by that jewelry designer Rue adored, the one whose name we do not know, but we find her initials – “A.R.” – all over pieces in Rue’s jewelry collection. This necklace has 16 diamond faceted rocks of amethyst that measure almost a half an inch across each, and the 32 smaller diamond shaped stones that bookend the larger ones may be amethyst too! The whole necklace is 32-inches long and it comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$375 NOW $187.50Rue's Red Velvet Lounging Pajamas
These red velvet lounging pajamas are over-the-top! How glamorous can anyone be? It is almost required that one walks around carrying a martini in an up glass when you wear something like this! We suspect Rue wore these in a theatrical production because the draw string was pulled out and an elastic waistband sewn in, which is usually what a costumer will do to facilitate the quick changes needed on the stage. The two-piece outfit was made by “The Pajamagram Company” and it comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$275 NOW $137.50Fabulous 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.
$150Sterling Silver Necklace with Amber Heart [SOLD]
Rue had several items made of amber and a thick book all about this interesting substance. (In fact, We sent the book to one of her devoted fans as a surprise when they purchased Rue’s amber cuff on this site!) This sterling silver chain is 18″ long, and the amber heart-shaped pendant measures a little over an inch high and wide. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$225Rue Made Red Rose Earrings [SOLD]
Rue made these red fabric and metal rose earrings over 30 years ago. She was definitely not as a good a jewelry maker as she was an actress, but that never stopped her from going for it anyway. They measure a mere 1″ long and the rose is no more than .5″ at its widest. She put little pieces of tape on the back because they were hurting her ears when she wore them – and she did wear them, all the way up until the end of her life. They come with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$99Signed Jazz Program From Event Rue and Bea Hosted
This piece probably won’t appeal to everyone, but to the fan of jazz, this piece is going to be AMAZING! First of all, how bizarre is it that Rue McClanahan and Bea Arthur hosted this jazz event at all? If you knew Rue though, you’d know she was a huge fan of jazz from the very beginning. She and her best friend, later her second husband, Norman, were jazz nuts. Rue’s son, Mark, is a jazz guitarist to this day. Can you see the paintings Rue had hanging around her Manhattan apartment? They are lots of jazz greats, and Rue didn’t buy those works of art, she had them commissioned directly from the artist! Anyway, this event had a lot of jazz greats in person, and many of them signed Rue’s program. And although she did not sign her name, we think that note on the back, which reads: “To My Dear Rue, Thank you!!!” was from Bea Arthur. Rue was the one that convinced her to do it, and Bea ended up having a fabulous time and falling hard for jazz. We haven’t found anything public about this event, either, so this is a rare document from what was certainly an unbelievable gathering of musical and acting talent. This originally signed piece of jazz and television history comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$375 NOW $187.50