In the early ’50′s, after her sophomore year in college, Rue joined The Jatoma Players in Alpena, Michigan for summer stock. It was there that she met the man who would later claim her virginity in NYC, and later still would become her second husband! She also found time to play Kate in William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew;” a role she thoroughly enjoyed and remembered fondly for the rest of her life. In addition to having written her name on the front when she was still Eddi Rue, Rue’s original 7.25″ x 9.75″ script has her handwritten notes about various entrances and exits. It comes with 4″ x 6″ copies of four snaps shots she kept from the show and a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
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Featured ItemsRue'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 $112.50Rue's Large Fresh Water Pearls [SOLD]
Rue’s large fresh water pearl necklace measures 22″ long, with the knotted pendant hanging down 6″. It is a triple strand that weighs 4.9 ounces. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$350Rue's Silver Makeup Case From Kimara Ahnert
Have you heard of Kimara Ahnert? She is this gorgeous makeup artist with her own line of cosmetics and she has this chic little shop on Madison Avenue near Rue’s apartment in Manhattan. Ms. Ahnert works on celebrities and socialites and other big wigs from all over the world. When she does makeup for a VIP she leaves product in these fancy little engraved silver cases – nice, right? Rue’s Kimara Ahnert case measures 2.5″ x 1.75″ and it comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$150 NOW $75Rue's Ferragamo Slingbacks
This pair of Italian leather slingbacks were made by the gifted shoe designer Salvatore Ferragamo. Rue’s Ferragamo’s are size 8, they are in excellent condition, and they come with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
$225 NOW $112.50One 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.
$175Gift 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.