You'd be hard-pressed to find someone over 30 who hasn't at some point seen an episode of "The Golden Girls". Looking back, it was basically the '80s version of "Sex and the City" — considered risqué, but hilarious. Four women, living together, who basically all reminded me of my grandmother — and taught the world that getting older doesn't mean you have to act old.
Today, we learned that Rue McClanahan, who played the man-crazed Southern belle Blanche Devereaux on the show, passed away at age 76 from a massive stroke. Actress Betty White is now the only remaining cast member. Bea Arthur passed away in 2009 and Estelle Getty in 2008.
McClanahan, much like Arthur, was a committed animal-rights activist, vegetarian, and one of the earliest celebrity supporters of PETA.
"Back in the '80s, when a lot of people still thought PETA was a Middle Eastern bread, a funny actress from Oklahoma became our first champion in Hollywood and helped establish the organization as a household name across the country," PETA's Dan Matthews told the site Gossip Cop.
"If animals could speak, I have no doubt they'd serenade Rue with the theme of the "Golden Girls": "Thank You for Being a Friend."
In 2008, McClanahan commented to Larry King about PETA saying, “I think they do it exactly the way it should be done. They do it through the courts. They do it legally and they make a lot of changes in the way animals are suffering. I really admire them. I’ve been with them for years and I just — they — I can’t say enough wonderful things about how they operate.”