You may already know that actress Rue McClanahan — perhaps best known for her role as Blanche Devereaux on the Golden Girls — passed away earlier this week. What you may not know is that the sassy, storied McClanahan (who suffered a stroke on June 3) visited Asheville just three years ago.
In May, 2007, McClanahan stopped off at Malaprop’s while on tour for her book My First Five Husbands … And the Ones Who Got Away. “I wondered if, in fact, this was going to be some horrible dark, cruel joke life was going to play on me: Just load me down with talent, but never allow me to express it,” she admitted to Xpress. And about pursuing a career in the arts: “I’m not going to advise anyone to hang in there … It’s too terribly difficult and sometimes the rewards aren’t worth it.”
At the time of her visit to Asheville, McClanahan had a musical in the works. She said, “I still haven’t done what I set out to do, which was become a true artist on the stage. I’d like to be called upon to do important plays.” Read the story here.
Watch a retrospective of the actress here.