The Golden Girls Years

"Doodle" Script

As you probably know by now, Rue used to draw on the covers of her scripts during the weekly table reads for “The Golden Girls.” Rue called her drawings “Doodles” and this particular script has a really beautiful one. Rue drew some delicate flowers around the show title...

Three Piece Outfit from Season Seven of "The Golden Girls"

“Blanche” is wearing this three piece outfit in the episode where she and Rose are holding the talent tryouts for the telethon – what a hoot! Rue kept this costume in her Manhattan apartment and she actually wore it over the years. In fact, when she put on weight in her later...

Rue's His and Hers TV Land Bathrobes

TV Land loves “The Golden Girls” and Rue loved TV Land. She loved them because they run the type of television shows she enjoyed. She loved them because they flew her out to California and gave her a TV Land Award, and she got to hang out with her friends again. And, Rue loved TV...

"Blanche's" Lavender Silk Two-Piece Outfit

This silk two-piece outfit is from a line called “Stuart Sport,” and it was purchased by the costume department at NBC for Rue to wear on “The Golden Girls.” Usually, Rue’s costumes were custom designed and made by Judy Evans, but this outfit so clearly screamed...

Christmas Themed "Doodle" Script [SOLD]

Twenty four years ago – in December of 1989 – “The Golden Girls” were sitting around a table reading through this script. Rue was, obviously, getting into the Christmas spirit because she doodled a Christmas themed doodle on the cover of her script that week. This was...

Original 8 x 10 and Polaroids from "Family Circle" Shoot

What an iconic image of Rue in high-Blanche mode! This original 8″ x 10″ portrait was printed for Rue after a photo shoot for the magazine “Family Circle.” We also found two of the original Polaroids from the shoot. Notice how you can see other Polaroids on the hood of...

Rue's MADD Certificate of Merit

Right off the bat we want to make clear that Rue drank alcohol, she was in NO WAY a teetotaler. However, Rue was adamant about NOT drinking and driving. One of her great nephews did that and she was horrified to see his body opened up in the emergency room as a result. He survived, but the...

Saks Fifth Avenue Silk Two-Piece Outfit

“Blanche” wore this outfit toward the end of Season Five. We have posted images of her from the episode here and, as you can see, she is wearing the top open with a gold silk shell underneath – it looks so much better that way than the way we shot it. We probably ought to...

"Blanche's" Purple Flowered Blouse

Rue wore this blouse on “The Golden Girls,” Rue wore this blouse on the stage, Rue wore this blouse in a “People Magazine” interview, and Rue wore this blouse in her personal life. We think it is safe to assert that Rue really liked this blouse. Amazingly, after all of...

Penultimate "Golden Girls'" Earrings From Rue's Collection

Aren’t these spectacular? They are big, too – 2″ across. These are the penultimate (second to last – great word, right?) pair of earrings left in Rue’s collection from “The Golden Girls!” We knew they were special but we searched Rue’s archive...

Freestanding Laminated Ad Board

From the time she started appearing on soap operas in the ’60s until the end of her life, Rue was often asked to endorse or be the face of various products. During “The Golden Girls” years the offers were coming in every week. Before she had her own clothing line, Rue...

Rue's Personal NBC Logo Makeup Room Robe

All four of “The Golden Girls” had robes or coverups they used in the makeup room because sometimes they would already be in costume when the professional makeup people would be doing their jobs. Or, as Rue pointed out, even if they weren’t in costume, she didn’t want to...

Original 25-year-old 8" x 10" Eddie Garcia Photograph

This is an original Eddie Garcia photograph that he gave to Rue McClanahan after the 1988 Emmy Awards; this was the year that Estelle and Bea won their awards – Betty and Rue already had in 1986 and 1987 respectively. Rue said many times that these were the magic years when they were all...

Four Polaroids from Photo Shoot at Rue's House

During the run of “The Golden Girls” Rue bought and renovated her dream house in Encino, California – she spent over a million dollars on the yard alone! So, when interview requests would come into the press office at NBC asking to come to “The Girls’” homes...

Rue's Favorite Refrigerator Magnet of HER from "The Golden Girls" [SOLD]

Rue laughed anytime someone commented on this refrigerator magnet in her house. It took every ounce of her training not to burst out laughing when she was playing over-the-top “Blanche” scenes like the one depicted in the image on the magnet, when “Blanche” would be...

One of Few Remaining Polaroids From "The Golden Girls"

As we’ve written before, Polaroids used to set up lighting and camera angles on professional sets usually ended up in the trash. However, Rue was fond of picking them up and saving them, particularly if she looked good, and she looks great in this image. This is one of a few Polaroids...

Estelle Signed Christmas Card to Rue

What’s a nice Jewish girl like Estelle Gettleman – a/k/a Estelle Getty – doing giving out Christmas cards? Well, when you find the perfect card for someone, how can you resist? This is definitely to perfect card for Rue, too. Rue used to say that she didn’t have...

Two Original Pictures of Rue and Betty On Set In Original Envelope [SOLD]

Look what we found in Rue’s desk drawer – an envelope with Rue’s name written on the front and inside are two amazing snapshots. The pictures were shot on the set of “The Golden Girls” when Rue and Betty were in their “Cats” costumes. These two...

Two Original Production Shots from "Night of 100 Stars III" With HUGE Mistake!

The big networks used to periodically have these huge events during which they would show off their star power – “Night of 100 Stars” was NBC’s format. All four of “The Golden Girls” were living in California in 1990 – their show was riding high –...

Rue's Waterford Crystal Star (Estelle Had One, Too!) [SOLD]

It’s a mystery! Rue had this Waterford Crystal star with the rest of her “important” crystal on the shelves in the master bathroom of her Manhattan apartment. We found a Polaroid from back in the day and saw that she used to keep this Waterford piece on the grand piano in the...

"Blanche's" Robe

As many of you know already, Rue was the ONLY one of “The Golden Girls” to build her costumes into her contract. When she passed, she still owned a couple of hundred pieces from the show. After auctions in both New York and California, and a couple of years selling things on this...

Original Polaroid of Rue and Betty from "The Golden Palace"

Here is a rare piece – a behind-the-scenes Polaroid from the set of “The Golden Palace,” the short-lived sequel to “The Golden Girls.” The scene was a dream sequence and someone was dreaming that everyone was pregnant. The crew member who outfitted Rue and Betty...

Three Test Polaroids from Rue and Estelle Shoot (Add On Info)

Bea, Betty and Rue were all pet owners when they arrived on the set of “The Golden Girls” for the first time, but Estelle was not. It took awhile, but the ladies convinced Estelle to get her first pet and it was on, Estelle became a zealous animal lover. These three Polaroids are...

Jade and Marcasite Earrings from Bea's "Intimate Portrait" [SOLD]

Rue wore these beautiful jade and marcasite earrings when she was interviewed for Bea Arthur’s “Intimate Portrait.” The vintage clips measure 1.75″ long and they are in good condition. These beautiful dangling clips come with prints of the images shown and a Certificate...

Rue's Original Golden Globe Nominating Certificate from 1986

Rue was nominated for a total of three Golden Globe Awards and this is the original nominating certificate for the first one; and it sprung out of the first season of “The Golden Girls,” too. She didn’t win – Cybill Shepherd won for her work on “Moonlighting”...

Signed Holiday Card from Estelle Getty

When you became friends with Rue you couldn’t help but ask about her relationships with “The Girls.” Rue never professed to having a clear “favorite” among her co-workers on “The Golden Girls,” but she ALWAYS used positive words when talking about...

Danny Thomas is a Lesbian Gown and Robe

Do you remember the episode when “Blanche” thought the word lesbian was Lebanese, and stated that Danny Thomas is one? Here is the silk gown and robe that she was wearing in that classic episode. In a number of interviews, and in person, Rue referenced this as one of her favorite...

Rue's Golden Rope Chain

Rue wore this chain during the DVD release event with her co-stars from “The Golden Girls,” Bea Arthur and Betty White. She wanted a “Golden Outfit” for the event, so her shopper bought the fabulous gold St. John jacket and Rue chose the beautiful chain from her...

"Blanche's" Pavé Ring

Once you start looking for this ring, you’ll see “Blanche” wearing it in many episodes of “The Golden Girls.” Rue even has it on in the gorgeous publicity still taken of the four “Girls” to promote the show. The piece is 18kt gold electroplated and the...

Rue's Lap Blanket from "The Golden Girls"

Every year the producers of “The Golden Girls” gave a holiday gift to all of the cast and crew. Usually they were purely ornamental, but on occasion they were practical, as was this lap blanket with “The Golden Girls” woven into the plush wool. Rue kept her’s in...

"Monkey Island" - Rue's son's CD

Rue’s son Mark is a talented musician and composer. Rue used to often say how much she wanted him to get his work recorded and out there into the world. In fact, before she died, the two of them were collaborating on a creative project for the first time – Mark was writing music...

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