As of late, nothing seems more terrible and pressing as the devastation in Haiti. Nothing.  (You’ve donated right?) But when a reader sent me an email with an article informing me that my dearest, sweetest, golden girl, Blanche Devereaux (Rue McClanahan), had had a stroke my heart dropped.

It is totally impossible to claim one of the girls as my favorite but I will say, Blanche has my favorite lines and gets the biggest laughs from me. And like Cher and a few other notably fabulous women, Rue’s character Blanche has always had a huge fag following. She once asked a gay man why this is and he responded, “Isn’t it obvious? We want to be you.”

So, while we wait for her full recovery, here are a few of my favorite Blanche facts along with some of my favorite one-liners:

“Like the blossom of the ginsum weed, I entice with my fragrance but can provide no succor”

Rue’s characters full name on the Golden Girls was Blanche Elizabeth Devereaux, making her initials B.E.D.

“Don’t you ever get a nose bleed from takin’ the high road all of the time?”

Rue was originally asked to play the role of Rose and Betty White was asked to play Blanche. As soon as Rue went in for her audition the writers asked if she would play the role of Blanche. Obviously, she said yes.

“I haven’t had to disappoint so many men since daddy tore down the tree house.”

And now, for your viewing pleasure, a clip of a Golden Girls episode that makes me laugh so hard I cry. every. single. time. This clip is where Blanche and Dorothy agree to go live on a show as “women who live together” as a favor to Rose. Only Rose got the concept wrong. The show was actually about “women who sleep together.” Enjoy:

Dear Rue, you and the other 3 girls have gotten me through more than you could know. So, thank you, you know, for being a friend (I had to say it!). I wish you a speedy recovery and all the best.

jesse james