Though she liked to draw pictures on her scripts from “The Golden Girls,” when Rue made guest appearances on other shows, she made sure to pass the script around during the table reads and have all the stars and guest stars sign. This “Whoopi” script has original autographs from the show’s stars – including Whoopi Goldberg – and the guest stars – including Eli Wallach. Of course, Rue signed it herself – twice from the looks of it, apparently the first time wasn’t dark enough – and she jotted down the phone numbers for the office and wardrobe. Also, the pages with her lines have been clipped and highlighted. See a clip of Rue on the show here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRYGObjr8Pc. This comes with a DVD of clips of Rue from the episode.
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Featured ItemsRue's 1976 Playbill From "A Chorus Line" (And a Story)
“A Chorus Line” opened on Broadway in 1975, and by 1976 it was already touring. It held the record for longest running Broadway Show for over 20-years. Rue was in “Maude” at the time and living in Los Angeles so she had to wait to see it until it opened there. Luckily, some of the original Cast transferred from Broadway to the Los Angles production and so Rue was able to see “A Chorus Line” with Donna McKechnie in the role that made her famous – “Cassie.” Rue could spot talent, so after the performance she went back stage and made a beeline for Ms. McKechnie. With Rue’s dance and acting backgrounds, she knew that Ms. McKechnie was the real thing. Donna McKechnie jotted her number down for Rue on the front of her Playbill and here it is – 40 YEARS LATER! This piece of Rue McClanahan and Donna McKechnie and Broadway history comes with prints of the photos shown and a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
By the way, I was recently at an event here in Manhattan and ran into Donna McKechnie – see the photo posted. She looks great, right?
$150Gift from Bea Arthur [SOLD]
This is a very difficult piece to let go of because it was one of Rue’s prized possessions, but Rue’s son intends to follow his Mother’s final wishes and make ALL of her personal property available to her fans – except family items of sentimental value that he selected. Bea Arthur had this sterling silver and 14kt gold pin custom made for her friend Rue McClanahan way back during the “Maude” years. Both their friendship and their working relationship continued for many more years – the friendship until Bea died, in fact – and there were many more gifts exchanged during that time, but Rue said this was the one she cherished most. There was something about a talented, professional like Bea recognizing and setting down in silver and gold that she thought Rue was a star that really touched Rue’s heart. The pin measures 1″ x 1.5″. We’ll include prints of some of Rue’s personal photos showing the two ladies together and a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$2,000Collection of 15 of Rue's Various Personal Photos [SOLD]
Rue maintained a vast collection of personal photographs, which she kept in cabinets in the home office of her Manhattan apartment. Here are 15 of those personal photos – with Rue appearing in each one. The snapshot from her sister’s wedding is 3.5″ x 5″, but all the rest are 4″ x 6″. She is shown having dinner with the Academy Award winning Actress Patricia Neal in one shot, and there is another famous actor whose name we can not remember now at the table with them. Oh, it’s on the tip of our tongues! Is is Robert Stack? We love Rue talking to the monkey during an Amazon Cruise, and she looks so happy in both the high school reunion shot and the one taken at Sardi’s Restaurant the night she was presented with her caricature. The collection comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$125"Wicked" Signed Cookbook and Signed Playbill with Publicity Card - $79 [SOLD]
While Rue was playing Madame Morrible in the hit Broadway Musical “Wicked,” the cast and crew released a second edition of their charitable cookbook. Rue included a questionable recipe from her Aunt Wenonah that actually involves pouring a can of 7-Up into a baking dish with dough! We made it, and guess what? It is delicious! Anyway, the cookbook is signed by Rue and we’ll include an original signed playbill and publicity card, too. It measures 5.75″ x 8.5″, is 131 pages long, and contains over 65 recipes. Comes with a 4″ x 6″ print of Rue on stage with Ben Vereen as The Wizard – just because we love that picture – and a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$79.00Pink Beaded Bracelet with a Heart-Shaped Clasp [SOLD]
Doesn’t Rue look great in this ad? We can’t tell for sure it this is one of the pink beaded bracelets Rue is wearing in this ad, we thought it might be the top one, but no matter, it was definitely one in her collection and we liked the picture so much we wanted to post it. The bracelet weighs .5 ounces and measures 7.5″ long. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$114.14Rue's Peter Max Hat
Part of Rue’s job involved showing up at big network events, so she hit the red carpet for the CBS 75th Birthday Celebration held in New York City in the early 2000s. One of the gifts presented to the celebrities that attended was this special piece of memorabilia – a hat designed by the world-famous artist Peter Max. Rue’s Peter Max hat comes with prints of the photos posted – Rue with Peter Max in his studio, and one of her on the red carpet from the night of the party – and a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$375 NOW $187.50