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 ItemsBea's Personalized Gift to her Friend Rue in the '70s [SOLD]
Rue McClanahan and Bea Arthur were friends, real friends. I was with Rue the day that Bea died and she was reminiscing about their relationship – with “Maude” and “The Golden Girls” they had worked together for 14 years – and there was a lot of emotion in the stories she told. I also attended Bea’s Memorial Service with Rue, and I can assure you Rue loved Bea. Clearly, the feelings were reciprocated. You can see it in their off camera photos together and you can see it in this gift that Bea had custom made for her friend way back during the “Maude” years in the 1970s. This heavy 13.5″ square mirrored plaque demonstrates Bea’s respect and admiration for Rue’s abilities as an actor with the star symbol next to her name and the word “Superstar,” but it also show Bea’s feelings for Rue with the phrase “Superlove.” We realize this is a high price point for an item on the site, but we believe the piece – a personal one-of-a-kind gift from one Internationally famous celebrity to another – is actually priceless. We want to make sure if someone does buy it, they realize its worth and it will be taken care of accordingly. And, if it doesn’t sell, we’re fine with that, too. It looks really good right here on the office wall and you can’t help but smile every time you look at it.
$5,000Rue's 1985 LA Weekly LAWEE Award
Did you know that after 35-years LA Weekly has stopped the LAWEE Awards this year? Rue received her LAWEE Award 30 years ago in 1985 for a performance she gave in a play entitled “In The Sweet Bye and Bye.” Interestingly, while Rue was in this production, a pilot she had done for NBC was picked up for a whole season. That pilot was “The Golden Girls!” That meant Rue was working at NBC taping this new show during the day, and then she was going on stage in the evenings with this theatrical production. The play was doing well and it ended up extending – in no small part because of Rue’s stellar performance – and the new show for NBC took off, too. Rue had two hits on her hands. Rue’s LAWEE Award comes with prints of the images shown and a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$325 NOW $162.50Engraved Framed Photo from "The Women" - 2001 [DONATED]
Rue loved her role as Countess De Lage in the Broadway hit “The Women.” This original 5″ X 7″ black and white photo was shot on opening night. It was gifted to Rue by the show’s producers in an engraved silver metal 7.25″ x 9.25″ frame. Although it is a little scratched up from years of being handled in Rue’s apartment by just about everyone who walked through the door, the engraving is clear; it reads: “The Women November 8, 2001, Roundabout Theatre Company.” In the photo, in addition to other co-stars, you can see the two Jennifers behind Rue – Tilly and Coolidge. This is a piece of Broadway history here. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$250Rue's Mounted Still From Jif Commercial
Isn’t this wonderful? We LOVE the look on Rue’s face as she stares at the director and what looks to be one of the “suits” from Jif Peanut Butter. We knew Rue and we can see the mirth behind her straight stare. Her thoughts are probably something along the lines of: “Are you really telling me how to scoop out a spoonful of peanut butter? I was trained by Uta Hagen – I AM THE PEANUT BUTTER!” Anyway, this is one of those RARE pieces from Rue’s collection of show business memorabilia. The still is mounted on thick poster board and measures 7.5″ x 9.5″. Rue’s Jif commercial mounted still comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$325 NOW $162.50Rue's Cat-Peeking-Over-Shelf Piece
We always look for pictures of Rue with the items that we post, and we were thrilled when we found this little cat statue in PERFECT photographs because the cat is peeking in on the edge or at the top of the frame. What a hoot! The porcelain piece measures 9.5″ deep, it is 4.25″ wide and 4.5″ high. Rue’s peeking cat comes with prints of the photos posted and a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$375Metal 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 $57.07