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 ItemsHeart Locket on Sterling Chain [SOLD]
Although there are no pictures inside this 3/4″ heart-shaped locket, we think it may be the one Rue wore in the movie “Rusty: The Great Rescue,” a film she made back in 1997 with Hal Holbrook. The chain is sterling silver and 18″ long and it comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$114.14Signed Publicity Still From 1970 Movie
Do you remember Eli Wallach? He made a zillion movies and worked right up until the end of his long life. He was married to the beautiful and equally talented Anne Jackson for something like 60 years. Mr. Wallach was a real winner in the game of life. Rue was friends with the couple for many decades. She and Mr. Wallach worked together for the first time in 1970 when they made the movie “The People Next Door.” Rue wrote about the movie, and one of her hilarious lines from the script, in her memoir – “My First Five Husband…And The Ones Who Got Away” – and this original 8″ x 10″ signed publicity shot was reprinted in the book. In fact, the publishers sticker is still on the back of this picture. Rue’s signed publicity still – signed by both Rue and Eli Wallach – comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$375 NOW $187.50Junk Jewelry Anklet [$14.14][SOLD]
This is definitely NOT real gold, and those are definitely NOT real pearls. We don’t know if this thing is made of recycled coffee cans and drops of Elmers glue or what, but we do know for sure, that for some unknown reason, Rue McClanahan owned this junk jewelry anklet. It was found in her collection in the master bedroom of her Manhattan apartment, and therefore it comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue. Just get it out of here, okay?
$14.14Rue's Carved Maori Box Given To Her By Her Son Mark
Like most mothers, Rue always thought of her son as a little boy. Also, like most mothers, no matter what her son gave to her – crayon drawings, pipe cleaner sculpture, macaroni necklaces, etc… – she adored and kept forever. Sometimes her boy hit the ball out of the park though and gave her something she not only adored as a mother, but also as Rue McClanahan, world class shopper and collector. This vintage carved Maori box with paua shell inserts is just such an item. Rue genuinely loved this piece. When a big earthquake hit the Los Angeles area in the late ’80s, this piece flew off of Rue’s dresser in her adorable Encino house (photo posted) and a little corner of wood popped off. Rue said she looked for that little piece for days but never found it; she figured one of her cats or dogs thought it was a bit of kibble and probably ate it. Nevertheless, she displayed this piece in her various homes for the rest of her life, and when asked its origin, she’d proudly say: “That was a gift from my son.” Rue’s carved Maori box comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$375Five Original Polaroids from Publicity Shoot [SOLD]
Before the days of digital photography and access to an instant image on a camera’s display screen, professional photographers couldn’t see what they shot until the film was developed. God forbid if the film came back and nothing was usable and the whole thing had to be re-shot! So, pros would shoot set-up images using a Polaroid Camera. Everyone would gather around the Polaroids, pass them around, and blah, blah, blah about styling, lighting, hair, makeup, etc… “Shoot some Polaroids” was a phrase heard on every professional set in the world, although I don’t think it happens so much anymore, and less and less with each passing day. Sadly, the vast majority of those one-of-a-kind Polaroid images from countless photo shoots over the decades hit the trashcan – people usually didn’t think of them as anything important or savable at the time. However, our girl Rue ALWAYS tried to snag the Polaroids from her photo shoots. Here is a wonderful set of five from some big budget shoot in the late ’80s or early ’90s. These 25-year old pictures are still in excellent shape and would be perfect for framing. Each one measures 3.25″ x 4.25″, and all five will appear on one Certificate of Authenticity.
$425Rue'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 $112.50