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7 Must-Have Items from Rue McClanahan’s Estate Sale

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Actress Rue McClanahan passed away in 2010, and even though she had a long list of acting credits—including regular roles on Maude and Mama’s Family, as well as multiple stage and film appearances—she will always be Blanche Devereaux in most minds. And, unlike a lot of actors who resent getting typecast, Rue embraced her Blanche-ness and actively collected souvenirs, props, and artifacts during her years on The Golden Girls with the intent of one day sharing them with her loyal fans. Mark LaRue, a close friend of McClanahan’s, launched a website last year in accordance with Rue’s wish—that, after her family and friends took their pick, the rest of her memorabilia be made available for sale to the public with the proceeds donated to her specified charities. A lot of the items are already sold, but we couldn’t resist putting together the ultimate wish list for the average rabid Golden Girls fan.

1. The Men of Blanche’s Boudoir Calendar

One year for Christmas, the Girls decided to eschew the crass commercialism of the holiday season and give each other homemade presents. Blanche’s gift to the other three is a calendar featuring explicit photos of some of her favorite male companions of the past year. Unbeknownst to either the actresses or the TV viewing audience, some playful prop masters had actually taped Playgirl-style pictures of some of the crew members (no pun intended) inside the booklet. Those reaction shots from Bea Arthur and the others were genuine.

2. Driver’s License

If this were Blanche's license, the year of birth would have been deleted by order of the governor. Used during her Maude days, McClanahan's license actually has three addresses on it.

3. Nunsense Keepsakes


In 1993, Rue starred as Reverend Mother in the TV movie version of the stage musical Nunsense. The estate has many items from the production, including these fans, which she then hung above the bed in her Manhattan apartment, and a cast-and-crew jacket.

4. Onex Taupe Leather Mules

Wouldn’t you love to step into these size 8 mediums, close your eyes and imagine the shoe salesman "caressing your calf as he kneels in front of you, tiny beads of perspiration breaking out on his forehead…? His breath gets shorter and quicker as he ever so gently slips the supple leather onto your quivering foot and you achieve a perfect fit…" Rue wore these mules on many episodes of The Golden Girls.

5. Sedatives and Heart Medications

For those occasions when you’re jumpier than a virgin at a prison rodeo and wound up tighter than a girdle on a Baptist minister’s wife at an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. Marilyn Monroe’s old prescription bottles sold for upwards of $18,000 each years ago, so maybe celebrity medicine could prove to be a good investment.

6. Bath Items

When sitting in a hot steamy bath with only enough water to cover your perky bosoms, a touch of Miss Dior Chérie Eau De Parfum adds some ambience. The chalice holding the bath nuggets is vintage etched glass trimmed with gold.

7. Silk Robe

Bea Arthur, Betty White, and Estelle Getty’s Golden Girls costumes were mostly off-the-rack pieces, while Rue’s were custom-made by designer Judy Evans. McClanahan very wisely had it written into her contract that she got to keep all of Blanche’s clothes, and she had 13 closets in her home filled with exquisite pieces like this. Cheesecake always tastes better when you’re clad in 100 percent silk.

What would be on your wish list if you had your pick of Blanche Devereaux’s keepsakes and a very large bank account?

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Get Crazy With the Official Bob Ross Coloring Book
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If you watched Bob Ross's classic series The Joy of Painting for hours on end but didn’t come away a terribly capable artist, you can still enjoy replicating the amazing public television personality’s work. You can now pretend you’re painting along with the late, great PBS star using a brand-new adult coloring book based on his art.

The Bob Ross Coloring Book (Universe) is the first authorized coloring book based on Ross’s artistic archive. Ross, who would have turned 75 later this year, was all about giving his fans the confidence to pursue art even without extensive training. “There’s an artist hidden at the bottom of every single one of us,” the gentle genius said. So what better way to honor his memory than to relax with his coloring book?

Here’s a sneak peek of some of the Ross landscapes you can recreate, all while flipping through some of his best quotes and timeless tidbits of wisdom.

An black-and-white outline of a Bob ross painting of a mountain valley

A black-and-white outline of a Bob Ross painting shows a house nestled among trees.

A black-and-white outline of a Bob Ross painting shows a farm scene.

And remember, even if you color outside the lines, it’s still a work of art. As Ross said, “We don’t make mistakes. We just have happy accidents.”

You can find The Bob Ross Coloring Book for about $14 on Amazon. Oh, and if you need even more Ross in your life, there’s now a Bob Ross wall calendar, too.

All images courtesy of Rizzoli.

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8 Movies That Almost Starred Keanu Reeves
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He may not have the natural ease of Al Pacino, the classical training of Anthony Hopkins, the timeless cool of Jack Nicholson, or the raw versatility of Gary Oldman, but Keanu Reeves has been around long enough to have worked alongside each of those actors. Yet instead of Oscar nods, the actor whose first name means “cool breeze over the mountains” in Hawaiian has a handful of Razzie nominations.

While critical acclaim has mostly eluded Reeves during his 30-plus years in Hollywood, his movies have made nearly $2 billion at the box office. Whether because of his own choosiness or the decisions of studio powers-that-be, that tally could be much, much higher. To celebrate The Chosen One’s 53rd birthday, here are eight movies that almost starred Keanu Reeves.

1. X-MEN (2000)

In Hollywood’s version of the X-Men universe, Hugh Jackman is the definitive Wolverine. But Jackman himself was a last-minute replacement (for Dougray Scott) and other, bigger (in 2000) names were considered for the hirsute superhero—including Reeves. Ultimately, it was the studio that decided to go in a different direction, much to Reeves’ disappointment. “I always wanted to play Wolverine,” the actor told Moviefone in 2014. “But I didn't get that. And they have a great Wolverine now. I always wanted to play The Dark Knight. But I didn't get that one. They've had some great Batmans. So now I'm just enjoying them as an audience.”

2. PLATOON (1986)

For an action star, Reeves isn’t a huge fan of violence, which is why he passed on playing the lead in Oliver Stone’s Oscar-winning Vietnam classic. “Keanu turned it down because of the violence,” Stone told Entertainment Weekly in 2011. “He didn’t want to do violence.”

3. THE FLY II (1989)

Few people would likely mistake Reeves for the son of Jeff Goldblum, but producers were anxious to see him play the next generation of Goldblum’s insectile role in the sequel to The Fly. But Reeves wasn’t having any of it. Why? Simple: “I didn't like the script,” he told Movieline in 1990.

4. SPEED 2: CRUISE CONTROL (1997)

Speaking of sequels (and bad scripts): Reeves was ready to reprise his role as Jack Traven in Jan de Bont’s second go at the series … then he read it. “When I was offered Speed 2, Jan came to Chicago and so did Sandra, and they said, ‘You’ve got to do this,’” Reeves recalled to The Telegraph. “And I said, 'I read the script and I can’t. It’s called Speed, and it’s on a cruise ship.” (He's got a point.)

Even when the studio dangled a $12 million paycheck in front of him, Reeves said no. “I told [William Mechanic, then-head of Fox], ‘If I do this film, I will not come back up. You guys will send me to the bottom of the ocean and I will not make it back up again.’ I really felt like I was fighting for my life.”

5. HEAT (1995)

Reeves’ refusal to cave on Speed 2 didn’t sit well in Hollywood circles. And it didn't help that he also passed on playing Chris Shiherlis (Val Kilmer’s role) in Michael Mann’s Heat in order to spend a month playing Hamlet at Canada’s Manitoba Theatre Centre. From that point on, Reeves told The Telegraph that it’s been a struggle for him to book any studio movies. “That’s a good old Hollywood story! That was a whole, 'Hey, kid, this is what happens in Hollywood: I said no to the number two and I never worked with the studio again!’”

6. BOWFINGER (1999)

By the time Frank Oz’s Bowfinger rolled around, Eddie Murphy was pretty much the go-to guy for any dual role part, but the movie wasn’t always intended to play that way. Steve Martin, who both starred in and wrote the movie, had actually penned the part of Kit Ramsey for Reeves (whom he had worked with a decade earlier in Parenthood).

“When Steve gave me the script for Bowfinger, it wasn't written for Eddie Murphy,” producer Brian Grazer explained. “It was written for a white action star. It was written for Keanu Reeves, literally. I said, 'Why does it have to be an action star?' He said, 'That's the joke.' I said: 'What if it were Eddie Murphy, and Eddie Murphy played two characters? That could be really funny.' He said: 'You know, that'd be great—that'd be brilliant. Let's do that.' He processed it in about a minute, and he made a creative sea change.”

7. WATCHMEN (2009)

A year before Zack Snyder’s Watchmen hit theaters, Reeves confirmed to MTV what many had speculated: that he had turned down the chance to play Dr. Manhattan in the highly anticipated adaptation. But it wasn’t because of lack of interest on Reeves’ part; it just “didn't work out.” Still, he made it as far as a set visit: “They were shooting in Vancouver while we were filming so I went over to the set to say, 'hi.' They showed me some stuff and it looks amazing! I can’t wait. It’s going to be so killer, man!”

8. TROPIC THUNDER (2008)

By the time Ben Stiller’s Tropic Thunder made its way into theaters in the summer of 2008, the meta-comedy had been more than a decade in the making. So it’s understandable that the final product veered from Stiller’s original plan for the film, which included Reeves playing the role of Tugg Speedman (Stiller’s eventual part). Initially, Stiller had planned to cast himself as smarmy agent Rick Peck (Matthew McConaughey picked up the slack).

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