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Featured ItemsRue's Hardbound and Soft Cover Albee Play
Rue was a fan of Edward Albee; who isn’t? She knew Mr. Albee personally, and actually introduced me to him at the Drama Desk Awards one year. I had read some of his early work in the ’70s and thought he must be a mad man, so it was a pleasant surprise to find him completely normal and seemingly sane. Here are two versions of the same play from Rue’s library, one softcover and the other hard. The hardbound volume belonged to someone Rue worked with on a project and she signed it over to Rue – there is in inscription in the front, as you can see – and that was when Rue first came to know the work of the writer many consider to be the best living playwright alive today. Rue’s pair of Albee plays come on the same Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$99 NOW $49.50Rue's Whistle From "Annie" (And Dog Rescue!)
Rue played Miss Hannigan in a production of “Annie,” and she absolutely loved playing the part. Her character was a child-hating alcoholic who runs an orphanage, so what isn’t to love? Anyway, one of the accessories her character used to keep the kids in line was a whistle, and this is one of two that Rue used when she played the part. The whistle also played a role in rescuing a dog when Rue ran out into the street to slow cars down to protect the stray – see “New York Times” blurb posted. Rue’s whistle from “Annie” – and her hero dog rescuing activities – comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$225 NOW $112.50Signed 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 $187.50One of Rue's Loose Jewels - Golden or Imperial Topaz [SOLD]
This is a “pear cut” stone. Did you know the world’s largest cut diamond is a pear cut? It is the “Cullinan” and it is mounted in the British Royal Scepter. What does that have to do with Rue’s loose jewel? Nothing, really, we just came upon the fact during our research and thought it was interesting. As we’ve written in the past, and as you can see from the first photo of some of Rue’s jewelry collection spread out in the living room of her Manhattan apartment, RUE LOVED JEWELRY! There is a little faux alligator case to the left in that photo and Rue carried her loose gemstones inside. We even found a photo of her bent over a table examining stones for a purchase. This particular jewel she picked up during her trip to either Brazil or Africa, and it is either a golden or an imperial topaz. If it is the former, you’ll be getting a great deal, if it is the later, we ought to never be allowed to post another thing because we’ll be giving away a rare, expensive stone for next to nothing. Isn’t this exciting? In either case, we’ll include a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue – just attesting to the fact that the jewel was Rue’s, since we aren’t certain which type of jewel it is – and we’ll include prints of the photos shown.
$175LAST COPY - 2013 "The Men of Blanche's Boudoir" Collection of Photos Calendar [SOLD]
In Season 2, Episode 11 of “The Golden Girls” – “T’was the Nightmare Before Christmas” – Blanche gave the girls a special calendar. You can watch the iconic scene by pasteing this link in your search box: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FHFAdFPERY. Although Rue owned one of the three originals – and no one knows if the other two even exist anymore – and we’ve listed the original on this site for sale, fans have repeated requested a more affordable version. So, we’ve come up with a special 2013 calender that has a copy of the original cover on the front and a miniature of it on each month’s display page. In an outtake version of the scene, you can see the surprise when the actresses found pictures of the crew in various… um… compromising positions inside the mock-up (This calendar IS NOT FOR CHILDREN; although there is no nudity, there are some very… um… “adult-themed” photos inside). We include copies of those original crew photos from each month’s page and then added a childhood picture of Rue and an adult picture of her. We’re calling this version the “Collection of Photos” version. This is the perfect gift for “The Golden Girls” fan in your life, even if that person is you!
$80Six Hard and Eight Softcover Books from Rue's Collection
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.” In addition to gorgeous coffee table books about film directors and character actors, there is a real gem in this group entitled: “Ferhoodled English – A collection of quaintly amusing expressions heard among the Pennsylvania Dutch Folks.” This is just the type of book Rue loved. She’d read aloud and we’d almost pee ourselves because we’d be laughing so hard. Also, there is this “Aloneness” self help workbook that one of her husbands starting completing that makes for some interesting reading. NOTE – This is NOT for publication. All of the books will appear on 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 email@example.com and we’ll create a shipping button for you if you reside outside the United States.)
Rue’s Ferragamo Slingbacks
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