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Featured ItemsRue's Heavily Annotated Copy of "A Streetcar Named Desire"
Rue McClanahan played a very famous “Blanche” before the “Blanche” we all know her for; she was “Blanche DuBois” in a production of the Tennessee Williams’ play “A Streetcar Named Desire” at The Pasadena Playhouse way back in the 1950s. She later said that “Blanche” was part of the inspiration she used as the “Blanche” on “The Golden Girls.” This is Rue’s original, heavily annotated play from that performance. Rue wrote EVERYTHING about her performance in this volume: stage instructions, prop locations, motivations, emotions her character would be feeling. If you study acting, this is a glimpse into a master’s process. In addition to a poignant note handwritten by the director, this ultra-rare and exciting piece even has one of Rue’s first little margin “doodles” in the corner of a page with the silly phrase that Rue sometimes said under her breath when exasperated with something or someone – “pish tosh” – written inside. Rue’s copy of a famous play she starred in over 60-years ago comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$750 NOW $375Rue'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.
$99Rue's Framed American Indian Piece From ENRON Collection (Oh, dear!) (*UPDATE)
Rue felt a deep spiritual connection to the Native American People. She carried some Indian blood in her own heart, and she was proud of that fact, but it was more than that for her. The struggles they endured, their connection to Mother Earth and all of its inhabitants, and their creativity and craftsmanship all connected with her old soul. Rue loved this framed piece – a print of a drawing done in 1833 by an artist accompanying a prince on an expedition. Rue loved it because it was actually drawn in the moment, she loved the authenticity of the piece. This piece first hung in her California home and then later in her Manhattan apartment. The framed print measures 18.25″ x 24″ and it comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
*UPDATE – We came across a photograph of Rue wearing one of her Native American treasures with this picture on the wall in the background. We posted it at the end and will include a print with this item.
$475 NOW $237.50Rue's Restaurant Souvenir With Polaroid
Here is one of those wonderful little souvenir cards that many restaurants used to offer, but are very rare these days. The “World Famous Turkish Kitchen” shot a Polaroid of Rue and her then sixth husband when they came in for dinner one night. Rue looks fabulous in the photo, and we think she is wearing an outfit from “The Golden Girls!” The Polaroid measures 3.5″ x 4.25″ and the whole card is 4.5″ x 6.25″. Rue’s “Turkish Kitchen” memento comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$99 NOW $49.50The Love Birds
Don’t you just love love? Rue simply adored love, and she particularly enjoyed falling in love and those early giddy stages where it was all you could think about. It is during that time when everything you see – even two little carved seagulls – reminds you of your love. Rue bought these carved wooden gulls during a trip to the ocean with her new love back in the late ’90s and then wrote their names on the bottoms of the pieces. This pair of love birds are between 7 and eight inches tall, over 5 inches wide, and just over 4 inches deep. The pair come with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$375Rue's Sexy Heart Anklet [SOLD]
Although we don’t think this is made of any “precious metal,” it is still precious because Rue owned and wore it on her tiny ankle. The chain is 9″ long and the little heart is about .25″ across. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
Rue’s “Stallion” Sunglasses
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