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 ItemsOriginal, Signed "Doodle" from Rue's Manhattan Apartment [SOLD]
We probably don’t need to write much about this piece, it speaks for iteself. By now, you probably know that Rue “doodled” – as she called it – all the time. Betty White talks about how Rue used to doodle on “The Golden Girls” scripts on the video she made for Rue’s Facebook page – “The Official Rue McClanahan Memorial Facebook Page.” Rue had some of her more intricate doodles framed and kept them on the walls of her California houses and NYC apartments, and this is one of them. In addition to her elaborate drawings, this particular doodle is special because of the writing Rue did on it, and the intimate peak inside her heart the words reveal. This original work of art, signed by Rue McClanahan, comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$3,500Metal and Enamel Heart Pin [SOLD]
This 1.25″ top to bottom, and the same across, enameled pin in marked “mfa” on the back. Museum of Fine Art? Masters in Fine Art? We have no idea, but we think it is a cool pin all the same. It weighs .4 ounces and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$114.14 NOW $57.07Fabulous 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.
$1501967 - "MacBird!" Lot [DONATATED]
This is a combination of American theatre history and the history of Rue McClanahan. In 1967 she co-starred with Stacy Keach in the controversial production of “MacBird!” Public officials were trying to get it banned because it touched too closely on the relatively recent assassination of JFK. Rue didn’t care about the drama off the stage though, she just knew this was a meaty part on the stage, so she went after it and got it. This production produced one of my all-time-favorite Rue images – her in character getting touched up by the smoking makeup man. Ah, the ’60s! This lot comes with a gorgeous 16.75″ x 12.75″ framed image from the production featuring Rue and Stacy Keach, with the little publishing sticker on the back indicating the photograph was used in Rue’s book – “My First Five Husbands…and The Ones Who Got Away.” We also found Rue’s numbered opening night party invitation and a telegram her agent sent her on opening night (although the corner of that is ripped, but what do you expect? It is over 45 years old!). Also comes with Rue’s original paperback of the play, published in 1966, and an original Playbill from the production with Rue and Stacy Keach on the cover. This is a singular collection from a moment in time and a moment in Rue’s life. Everything comes with one Certificate of Authenticity and prints of the three production images shown.
$325Breast Cancer Awareness Pearl Bracelet [SOLD]
As a breast cancer survivor, Rue did a lot to help raise money for breast cancer research and treatment for the victims of this horrific disease. This freshwater pearl bracelet has a little sterling silver heart and a heart clasp. The pearls are over .5 cm wide and the bracelet is 7″ long. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$114.14Rue'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