‘Golden Girls’: Rue McClanahan’s Favorite Comedy Moment on Show Was an All-Time Blanche Moment

by Josh Lanier
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Rue McClanahan’s most favorite comedy moment from The Golden Girls is a hilarious piece of physical comedy that only she could have pulled off.

She was asked about it during a Paley Center event and she knew her answer right away. She said it would have to the grand piano scene. Her mentioning the bit got a round of applause from the audiences and other cast members. That’s how memorable and popular the scene was.

The bit is very simple and is sold entirely by McClanahan’s Blanche. Trying to feel sexy for a bar full of men, Blanche climbs atop a grand piano to sing “I Wanna Be Loved By You.” She was going for Marilyn Monroe in Some Like it Hot, but it comes across as clumsy, weird, and absolutely hilarious.

The genius of The Golden Girl’s writing was on full display in the scene as well. As she walks trying desperately to win back the crowd, she accidentally sits on a man’s lap who recently had hip surgery. She also asks if that bulge in a man’s pants is a gun or if he’s just happy she’s there. It’s a gun.

The bit goes on for the perfect amount of time, as well. It never wears out its welcome and it fits the character perfectly.

‘Golden Girls’ White on McClanahan’s Death

Betty White and Rue McClanahan were more than just best friends on The Golden Girls. They were close in their real lives too.

The two beloved actresses had worked together before they appeared on that show. They had worked together on Mama’s Family years before and built a strong friendship that lasted decades, according to OKMagazine.com.

So, The Golden Girls was a reunion of sorts for them. And, just had they had done before, White and McClanahan got along very well while working on the famous sitcom about four mature women sharing a home in Miami, Florida.

“They would play little word games when the cameras weren’t rolling,” a friend of the actresses told the publication. “There was such love and friendship between them.”

That “love and friendship” ran deep. So deep, in fact, that when Rue McClanahan passed away more than a decade ago, White was pretty devastated.

“It hurts more than I even thought it would, if that’s even possible,” Betty White said of McClanahan’s death. “She was everything, as far as a friend is concerned.”

Rue McClanahan was 76 years old at the time of her death. She passed away on June 3, 2010, in New York City.

Betty White will turn 100 years old next year.

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