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My First Five Husbands..: And the Ones Who Got Away Hardcover – 10 Apr 2007

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; 1 edition (10 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767926765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767926768
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.3 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 645,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A thoughtful and effervescent tour...fans will relish these sweet and tart memories." --"Publishers Weekly"
"An easygoing, entertaining chronicle . . . McClanahan's folksy, humorous tone is like a night out with "The Golden Girls."" --"Library Journal"
"McClanahan's unpretentious candor and wit reveal an irrepressible personality full of vitality and determination."
"--BookPage"
"Readers will be inspired by [McClanahan's] optimism and perseverance." --"Time Out New York"

"McClanahan's unpretentious candor and wit reveal an irrepressible personality full of vitality and determination." --"BookPage"
"Fans will relish her sweet and tart memories" --"Publishers Weekly
""Like a night out with the "Golden Girls." "--"Library Journal"

"McClanahan's unpretentious candor and wit reveal an irrepressible personality full of vitality and determination." --"BookPage"
"Fans will relish her sweet and tart memories" --"Publishers Weekly
""Like a night out with the "Golden Girls." "--"Library Journal"

McClanahan s unpretentious candor and wit reveal an irrepressible personality full of vitality and determination. "BookPage"
Fans will relish her sweet and tart memories "Publishers Weekly
" Like a night out with the "Golden Girls. " "Library Journal"" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Rue McClanahan was born in Healdton, Oklahoma, and graduated cum laude in theater from the University of Tulsa. Most noted for her role as Blanche on "The Golden Girls, "McClanahan has had a number of well-known starring roles in television and on Broadway. In addition to her work as an actress, McClanahan speaks regularly for breast cancer awareness and prevention of cruelty toward animals. She lives in New York City with her husband, Morrow Wilson, and her cat, Bianca. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 July 2007
Format: Hardcover
I love "The Golden Girls" and couldn't wait to read Rue McClanahan's autobiography. She writes in a manically bubbly style, gushing over the highs and lows of a long show-biz career and a love-life that was so hot it would make even Blanche Devereaux blush.

Eddie Rue McClanahan was born into a conservative Oklahoma family during the Depression, and from an early age wanted two things: To be an actress and to be popular. Popular, to Rue, meant being loved and adored by men, and she was always falling in love too easily and only later wondering why she didn't make better decisions. She was a struggling stage actress in New York with two quick marriages and divorces under her belt when she met Norman Lear who began casting her in TV sitcoms. Two more divorces later, she landed the role of the man-hungry Blanche on "Golden Girls," and gained world-wide fame. Breast cancer and husband number 5 bring her story up to date.

I was fascinated with Rue's unfailing optimism, her determination to succeed in show business, and her abysmally poor decisions when it came to romance. I gave up counting how many affairs she had, and was slack-jawed at the speed with which she married and then hated each husband. Some were physically and emotionally abusive, which was beyond self-destructive; her revolving-door romances were selfish and cruel to her son, who often disliked and was abused by her men. Now in her seventies, Rue still sees herself as an ageless coquette, the belle of the ball desired by every man who sees her. She's happy now, and I'm glad, but her choices in life were often childish and always self-serving. Rue's fans won't be able to put this page-turner down.
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I loved this book - she seems like a warm, kind person, even with all the husbands and boyfriends!! If you loved the series '"The Golden Girls" you'll love this as she has some anecdotes about the programmes.
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I couldn't wait to get my hands on Rue's autobiography and I wasn't disappointed when I did. Full of little pearls of wisdom and candidly funny truths I steamed through this book with avid eyes in less than 4 days.
Rue doesn't hold back in this book, it is true to her beautiful soul and reminds us why we miss her so much. if I could give more than 5 starts I would. I learnt so much about Rue (and Hollywood!) that I felt like I knew her by the end. She speaks to the reader as if you're a friend.
Thank you for being a friend Rue. And thank you for leaving this book behind so we all have a little piece of you.
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This is a wonderful book wrote by a gutsy lady. A must read . Delivered on time well packed. From start to end I couldn't get enough.
I wish I ha known this lady what an interesting life she led. Wrote in such a way you feel you are there
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I've only just started watching ""The Golden Girls" over the last few months. I fell in love with the show, And had to get Rue's autobiography. It was seriously interesting and made me smile a time or two. I do recommend this book for fans of The golden girls or fans of Rue's. :)
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My first five husbands by the one and only Rue, is wonderful. As a huge huge fan of The Golden Girls (And the Golden Palace) i really couldnt wait to read about Rue and her life story, i was not disapointed in the slightest, i found the book a joy to read, it was not only eye opening (what a awesome life she led) but extremely funny, i couldn't put it down. A must read!
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Being a huge fan of Golden Girls, I was glad to have found an autobiography of one of the members. But what a disappointment - the most boring book I've ever read! Interesting details were hardly mentioned, all you really get is a never-ending list of names of plays and TV shows or husbands, boyfriends and some other aquaintances. No depth, instead immensely superficial, reads like some banal story from Oklahoma......
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If you like Rue then this book is for you. Bit of a sob story in parts but good reading.
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