My First Five Husbands...And the Ones Who Got Away

By Rue McClanahan

  • Release Date: 2007-04-10
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 71 Ratings


Rue McClanahan, best known for her portrayal of Blanche Devereaux on the Emmy-award winning series The Golden Girls reveals her life in and out of the spotlight in a laugh-out-loud funny memoir about love, marriage, men, and getting older that is every bit as colorful as the characters she played.

Raised in small-town Oklahoma in a house “thirteen telephone poles past the standpipe north of town,” Rue developed her two great passions—theater and men—at an early age. She arrived in New York City in 1957 with two-weeks worth of money in her pocket, hustled her way into a class with the legendary Uta Hagen, and began working her way up in the acting world against the vibrant, free-spirited backdrop of the sixties. That’s when she met and married Husband #1—a handsome rogue of an aspiring actor who quickly left her with a young son. Still, she was determined to make it on the stage and screen—and in the years that followed, rose to the top of the entertainment world with a host of adventures (and husbands) along the way.

From her roles on Broadway opposite Dustin Hoffman and Brad Davis, to her first television appearances on Maude and All in the Family, to the Golden Girls era and beyond, My First Five Husbands is the irresistible story of one woman’s quest to find herself. Rue is proof that many things can and do get better with age—and that, if she keeps her wits about her, even a small-town girl can make it big.

People always ask me if I'm like Blanche. And I say, 'Well, Blanche was an oversexed, self-involved, man-crazy, vain Southern Belle from Atlanta—and I'm not from Atlanta!’” —Rue McClanahan

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  • Interesting and Enjoyable Read!

    By Long legion
    I really enjoyed reading Rue McClanahan's memoir. She focused primarily on her beginnings in show business and although some of the references were before my time, I still enjoyed the story. She was very forthcoming with facts but I would have liked a bit more "soul searching". My First Five Husbands is an enjoyable read
  • Enjoyed the book - cover to cover

    By Peggy's reviews
    What a life! Rue is so human and yet a celebrity. Pleasant reading with many insights.
  • Love love love RUE

    By ash2009grad
    Best book I've ever read!!! If you like Rue McClanahan you will love her life story!!! It has something for everyone!!!!
  • Honest & Funny

    By lauren...
    A must fog any Rue fan.