Actress Rue McClanahan passed away this morning after suffering a stroke. Most people knew her as Blanche from The Golden Girls, but what a lot of people don't know is that before she started acting professionally , Rue McClanahan was trained in dance her whole life (On a "Lifetime Portrait" TV program, Ms. McClanahan stated that she did "toe and tap" and showed pictures of her dancing en pointe). Her dance training showed up in her acting-- McClanahan had an excellent sense of physical comedy and body language on-screen. She also brought her dancing abilities onto 'The Golden Girls,' performing tap dances or ballroom dances in several episodes.
A full article about McClanahan's passing on People Weekly's website can be found here.
Rest in Peace, Blanche Devereaux. Have a spiffy eternity.