75-year-old Rue McClanahan was supposed to grace the stage of San Francisco’s The Castro on November 14th, but she was forced to cancel that date after her heart started giving her trouble. Don’t weep into the cheesecake just yet, because Rue is doing much better. Rue’s rep told EW that she underwent bypass surgery in New York yesterday and is expected to make a full recovery.
Rue went into see the doctor for a routine examine on Monday and he diagnosed her with acute cardiac illness. Rue had this to say from her hospital room (picture her in a marabou robe with a glass of champagne and soft frosty lighting on her perfectly made-up face): “My darlings, I’m just devastated that I am going to have to miss my own tribute at the Castro Theatre. Unfortunately, my doctor has laid down the law, and I’m currently having some maintenance on the old ticker. Trust me, I’d much rather be in San Francisco having fun and being adored by all of you.”
This is good to hear, because heaven cannot take two Golden Girls in the span of one year. That is a commandment for God. Thou Shalt Not!
(Thanks to Blair for the headline)