January 14, 2010 / Posted by:

I know Afternoon Crumbs usually goes here, but I’m interrupting the order of things to bring you the sad news that Rue McClanhan, my personal favorite TV tramp, is laid up in a nursing facility after she suffered a stroke. Rue’s rep said that she underwent triple bypass surgery back in November and had a minor stroke while she was recovering in the hospital.

Rue’s husband told Broadway World that she was in ICU for two weeks, but has been moved to a different facility where she’s receiving rehabilitation, “She can understand what you are saying in conversation, but still has some trouble speaking. Her speech is slower than it once was and she hasn’t completely recovered on the right side of her body. She’s going to require a lot more physical and speech therapy – but at least it’s not like I stay awake at nights any more thinking that Rue is going to die.”

Rue’s rep said that if all goes well, she will be back at home in two weeks.

Everyone get into your nightgowns and meet me at the kitchen table. You bring the cheesecake, and I’ll bring the hooch.

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