This & That

Rue's Emmy Award

Of course, Rue hung on to the dress and earrings she wore to the Primetime Emmy Awards in 1987, and she also hung on to the Emmy Award she took home that magical night for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.” All three items are part of this package and they come with an 8 1/2” x 11” f...

Rue'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...

An Early "Doodle" From Rue's Collection

This is a very early “doodle” from Rue’s collection. You can see many of the design features and shapes that she would use over and over throughout the years in this early piece, and there is a definite joy to the drawing that remained constant all the way through her...

Rue Made Dangling Frog Earrings

Rue made this pair of dangling frog earrings way back in the 1990s. The frogs are a half inch across and the whole earring dangles down 2.5″. Rue really did have a thing for frogs, they were all over her house in one form or another, as you can see from the photo posted which shows some...

Rue's Set of Four Balsa Wood Ornaments

We couldn’t bring ourselves to break up Rue’s set of four handmade balsa wood ornaments, so we’re selling all four together. These are individually beautiful pieces and don’t necessarily imply Christmas, so they could be hung out on anything year around as art. The...

Rue's Silly Frog Umbrella

We’ve written before and we probably will again – Rue McClanahan had a thing for frogs. Isn’t this umbrella a hoot? It was probably made for a child, but Rue McClanahan carried it high and proud. She could be silly with a completely straight face, too, which made it all the...

Rue's "Stallion" Sunglasses

Did Rue buy these sunglasses because of their cool, solid design? Or did she buy them because the brand name gave her a chill of delight? Hmmmmm… Anyway, Rue’s “Stallion” sunglasses come with the metal case she kept them in and with a Certificate of Authenticity from...

Rue Made Faux Fur Hat

Rue made this hat using a fluffy faux fur. The piece is lined with what appears to be off-white flannel. It is a fun piece that requires a certain character to pull off. Most of us look like a Cossack when we put it on, or like we ought to be leading a marching band, but somehow Rue always...

Rue's $1.69 Notebook That We Have Priced at $2,500 (WHAT!?)

We found this old notebook in a stack of Rue’s papers at the bottom of one of her file cabinets in the home office of her Manhattan apartment. The first thing we noticed is the coffee splatter marks on the cover and that let us know it was DEFINITELY Rue McClanahan’s! Before the...

A Pair of Artificial Flowers Rue Would Clip To Her Hair and Clothing

Do women still wear artificial flowers? Rue wore them pinned or clipped in her hair or on her clothes from the time she was a little girl. It was not at all unusual for Rue to clip or pin some silk flowers in the V of a low cut blouse or dress, or to use them to pull focus when her hair looked...

Rue's Origami Dollar Bill Ring

Rue didn’t need diamonds to make her happy. When a gentleman folded her this origami dollar bill ring she was thrilled. It remained in her jewelry box – among the diamonds, emeralds, rubies and other “fine jewelry” – for the rest of her life. Rue’s origami...

Rue's African Beaded Purse

Isn’t this a wonderful piece of art? Rue found this handmade beaded purse during a trip to Tangiers and she had to have it. It is very thin and holds practically nothing, so it is more a piece for displaying rather than a purse to actually carry; and besides, the 40″ beaded strap...

Rue's Past President Chew Toys

Aren’t these a hoot? These past president chew toys made Rue roar with laughter; she especially loved the little Dan Quayle attached to President Bush! These chew toys are over 25-years old and they still are in good shape, even the squeakers in the bottoms work. Rue’s past...

Rue's Beaded Clay Mask

This handmade beaded clay mask is a work of art. The piece first hung on walls in Rue’s various California homes and then, later, her two Manhattan apartments. Rue’s beaded mask measures 4.5″ x 3.5″ and it comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of...

One of Rue's Earliest Framed Doodles

This is one of Rue’s earliest framed “doodles.” She created the piece in California over 30-years ago. It hung on the walls in her various California homes and so it is sun faded, but the design is still clear. The frame measures 22″ x 18″ and the...

Rue's Certificate of Appreciation From The Police

Rue McClanahan LOVED police officers in uniform (and out of uniform!), and the feeling was mutual. The Police Benevolent Association presented Rue with this framed Certificate of Appreciation back in 1997 when she first moved back to New York. The piece measures 14.25″ x 11.75″. ...

Silk Floral Arrangement (And a Story!)

Rue had a new boyfriend at the time of her death. She had already been married six times, had had recent open heart surgery, was recovering from a stroke, and STILL she was like a giggly teenage girl wanting nothing more than to talk about her new man! Her new man sent her three silk floral...

One of Rue's Prescription Bottles

Here is another one of Rue’s prescription bottles. The bottle is empty, naturally, but it does have the printed label with Rue’s name on it. As we’ve written before, what a hoot it would be to place this in your medicine chest and then NOT tell anyone, just to see who peaks...

Original Photograph With Significant Hollywood Connection

Rue was made the Honorary Mayor of Hollywood in the ’90s. Don’t you just love the enthusiasm and joy of the women near her? Anyway, the photographer who took the photo was George Hurrell’s last assistant, the photographer Richard Settle. Hurrell was the biggest Hollywood...

Rue's Dream Catcher

As many of you already know, Rue McClanahan had some American Indian blood in her veins; Rue was a proud, card-carrying member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. It should comes as no surprise then that she had a dream catcher in her Manhattan apartment. Legend has it that this device catches...

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