My First Five Husbands...and the Ones Who Got Away

My First Five Husbands...and the Ones Who Got Away

by Rue McClanahan
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My First Five Husbands...and the Ones Who Got Away by Rue McClanahan

Rue McClanahan, best known for her portrayal of Blanche Devereaux on the Emmy-award winning series The Golden Girls reveals her life in and out of the spotlight in a laugh-out-loud funny memoir about love, marriage, men, and getting older that is every bit as colorful as the characters she played.

Raised in small-town Oklahoma in a house “thirteen telephone poles past the standpipe north of town,” Rue developed her two great passions—theater and men—at an early age. She arrived in New York City in 1957 with two-weeks worth of money in her pocket, hustled her way into a class with the legendary Uta Hagen, and began working her way up in the acting world against the vibrant, free-spirited backdrop of the sixties. That’s when she met and married Husband #1—a handsome rogue of an aspiring actor who quickly left her with a young son. Still, she was determined to make it on the stage and screen—and in the years that followed, rose to the top of the entertainment world with a host of adventures (and husbands) along the way.

From her roles on Broadway opposite Dustin Hoffman and Brad Davis, to her first television appearances on Maude and All in the Family, to the Golden Girls era and beyond, My First Five Husbands is the irresistible story of one woman’s quest to find herself. Rue is proof that many things can and do get better with age—and that, if she keeps her wits about her, even a small-town girl can make it big.

People always ask me if I'm like Blanche. And I say, 'Well, Blanche was an oversexed, self-involved, man-crazy, vain Southern Belle from Atlanta -- and I'm not from Atlanta!’” -- Rue McClanahan

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780767927796
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 04/10/2007
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 11,588
File size: 27 MB
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About the Author

Rue McClanahan was born in Healdton, Oklahoma, and graduated cum laude in theater from the University of Tulsa. Most noted for her role as Blanche on The Golden Girls, McClanahan has had a number of well-known starring roles in television and on Broadway. In addition to her work as an actress, McClanahan spoke regularly for breast cancer awareness and prevention of cruelty toward animals. She lived in New York City with her husband, Morrow Wilson, and her cat, Bianca, until her death in 2010.

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My First Five Husbands...and the Ones Who Got Away 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a HUGE fan of the Golden Girls, I was very excited to hear about this book and went out and bought it right away. I went to the autograph signing and met her and she was just the sweetest lady. But during the Q & A portion, she mentions that while she loved playing Blanche Devereaux on TV, one of the reasons she wrote this book was so that people could get to know the real Rue and not just see her as 'Blanche.' Reading this book does just that: it is a comical, witty take on her life from birth to present day and keeps you at the edge of your seat with her 'don't-leave-me-hanging-like-that!' chapter endings. You feel like you are just hanging out with an old friend you haven't seen in a while and catching up on old times. She tells of her childhood, growing up in OK, her struggles to make it in Hollywood with and without her son, and the many men she 'fell in love with' before she met her true soulmate. It's a very heart-warming, comforting book that makes me no longer see her as 'Blanche' but as Rue McClanahan.
jeff092981 More than 1 year ago
I laughed I cried and took it in slowly so not to finish in a hurry Rue has lived and struggled and then came the "Golden Girls".
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of the Golden Girls since I was 13 and I was so excited to read about the real Blanche's life. She's a hoot. Rue is not exactly like Blanche, nor is she a 'slut' like the character, but Rue never lacked attention and affection of men. And there's nothing wrong with that. She is a beautiful woman and always has been. She seems like a truly wonderful person, and she has had an eventful life. Love you Rue!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finsished reading this book and would recommend it to anyone that is a fan of Rue or not! This one captured me at the start and kept me until the end. Kudos to Rue and her determination.
DivineMsMReader More than 1 year ago
Quick and fun read if you like Rue & the Golden Girls. Not challenging and not deep...perfect fun though!
Reviewqueen More than 1 year ago
I read a lot of celebrity autobiographies, mostly because I'm amused at how into themselves they can be. Rue masks her centric-focus, but it still spills forth, especially when her son is having rabie shots and she doesn't run to his side. Really! Overall, a candid look at the celebrity and the famous and not-so-famous people in her life. She tries not to reveal her dislike for certain directors and actors by excusing their behavior, but her dislike is evident. If you like autobiographies that are, if nothing else, honest - this will work for you.
Cozeck More than 1 year ago
A great read with lots of personal information about the life and loves of Rue McClanahan. There are so many little interesting stories and tid-bit's that grab your attention and keep you reading. This book left me wanting more from Rue. I would love to see an update or part two of what has happened in her life since she completed this book. Rue is not only an A++++ actress but a skillful writer as well.
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Must read
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Rue was a great lady, whom I, unfortunately, never had the opportunity to know. This book is a great read for any Rue or Golden Girls fan.
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Great book. Very entertaining.
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yellowroseNC More than 1 year ago
Its a delight to give my "take" on this book; I read slowly as not to get finished too quick and have to say goodbye once again to Ms Rue. I laughed, and even cried, but enjoyed the book to the very end. Its so refreshing to read an autobiography of someone who can be honest..a bit irreverent..and funny all at the same time. The book gave me insight on how Rue/Blanche became one. Loved it!!!!
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