Betty White Speaks on Rue McClanahan Death

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With the death of Rue McClanahan earlier today, Betty White is now the last of the Golden Girls. Losing her co-star this morning hit the octogenarian hard.

"Rue was a close and dear friend. I treasure our relationship," White said in a statement today. "It hurts more than I ever thought it would, if that's even possible."

Rue McClanahan passed away at age 76 after suffering a stroke, following the deaths of costars Bea Arthur last year at age 86 and Estelle Getty in 2008 at age 84.

Betty White, who has experienced an unexpected but wonderful career comeback of sorts lately at 88, was the eldest of the long-running NBC comedy's quartet.

Betty White, center, with the late Rue McClanahan and Bea Arthur.

Golden Girls producer and writer Marc Cherry, known to younger generations for creating Desperate Housewives, also expressed grief over McClanahan passing:

"My favorite character to write for was Blanche Devereaux. In the hands of lesser actresses Blanche's vanity and sexual appetite would have been off-putting."

"But in Rue's brilliant hands, that character became one of the most beloved in the history of TV. Rue's kindness, generosity and talent will be sorely missed."

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i love the goldies! may god be with them always! you rock goldies! i will never forget anyone on the show!

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I watch The Golden Girl's with my daughter's and my sweet grand daughter. Even my son in law will join us at times. We are creating memories we will never forget.Those four women are classic and unforgettable. Thank you ladies. God Bless. The best is yet to come from Betty White.

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I watch The Golden Girl's with my daughter's and my sweet grand daughter. Even my son in law will join us at times.et We are creating memories we will never forget.Those four women are classic and unforgettable. Thank you ladies. God Bless. B

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I grew up watching "The Golden Girls" with my grandmother, so the show has always had a special place in my heart. Even though I've seen every episode more than once, I still watch it almost every day. I can never decide which character I like the most. Thank you so much for all of the laughs Rue, Bea, Estelle, and Betty. I hope that my grandma gets the chance to meet Rue, Bea and Estelle in Heaven. Also, I hope that Betty knows how much her and the rest of "the girls" are loved--even by younger generations.

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The "Golden Girls" will always be such a great example of the "youth" that lives in all of us no matter what age we are. I loved the spirit that each character showed...the zest for life and love. We loved you Rue...hope you will touch the lives of us with the talents you left behind for years to come.

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I still do watch The Golden Girls..Rue really is a very good actress..I love her movies the one she play in with Lisa (Hartman) Black..I think the name is Back To Me and U...All the woman on Golden Girls always make me laugh..All of them will be remembered..

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i loved the golden girls they were so funny i loved the way they made us laugh and i will misss rue she was so funny and she will be miss rest in peace rue we will miss you god bless you you were great actor too the show was great too

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To: Family and Friends of Rue, A couple of years ago,Rue was in a movie called "The Fighting Temptations" with Cuba Gooding Jr. and Beyonce. Her character was a member of the church choir,and it was enjoyable seeing her in a role other than "Blanche". In one particular scene,she says to Cuba,"and to think I was going to sleep with you". It was comical,
and will be a reminder of the "Rue McClanahan" that we all loved.

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The sweet, dear lady. She was an inspiration to all of us: just check yer body of work.

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I am so sad to hear about Rue. She was my favorite of the Golden Girls. I also loved her in the t.v. show "Maude," with Bea Arthur. She was simply the best. She will be deeply missed.

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