Rue McClanahan

by ethnic on June 3, 2010

Creative Commons License photo credit: vectorlyme Rue (right) with a fan

Birth Name: Eddi-Rue McClanahan

Date of Birth: February 21, 1934

Place of Birth: Healdton, Oklahoma, U.S.

Date of Death: June 3, 2010

Place of Death: New York City, New York

Ethnicity: English, some Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), Welsh, German, 1/64th Choctaw Native American, distant French-Canadian, Dutch, remote Portuguese

Rue McClanahan was an American actress. She is known for her role as Blanche Devereaux on the sitcom The Golden Girls.

Rue was the daughter of Dreda Rheua-Nell (Medaris) and William Edwin “Bill” McClanahan. She had English, some Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), Welsh, German, 1/64th Choctaw Native American, distant French-Canadian, Dutch, and remote Portuguese, ancestry. Her Portuguese ancestor is Domingo Medearis, who was born in Portugal, c. 1620.

Rue’s niece is actress Amelia Kinkade (Amelia Eileen Kinkade, the daughter of Rue’s sister, Melinda Lou McClanahan, and of Emmett Sheridan Kinkade).

Rue’s paternal grandfather was Jesse/Jessie/Jess Edwin McClanahan (the son of Edwin/Edmund French McClanahan and Margaret Emeline Richardson). Rue’s great-grandfather Edwin was the son of Enoch Cox McClanahan and Andromache America Mills.

Rue’s paternal grandmother was Fannie Florence Copeland (the daughter of James Granville Copeland and Mary Denby “Polly” Edge). James was the son of Moses Wilkerson Copeland and Nancy Webb. Mary Denby was the daughter of William D. “Moses” Edge and Eliza Ann Denby.

Rue’s maternal grandfather was Thomas Edward Medaris (the son of Oliver/Ollie Cromwell Medaris and Eliza Jane Sessums/Sessoms). Oliver was the son of Oliver Cromwell Medaris/Medearis and Mary Melvina Goodman.

Rue’s maternal grandmother was Ida Alice “Allie” Airington/Arrington (the daughter of Levi Airington/Arrington and Margaret Emma Mock). Ida was enrolled in the Choctaw tribe. Levi was the son of Drury/Drew Airington/Arrington, Jr. and Nancy Taylor. Levi’s great-grandmother, SheNiYah Hanak, was a Choctaw Native American. Margaret was the daughter of Moses Anderson Mock and Louisa Pinson.

Rue was a sixth cousin, once removed, of actor and filmmaker Clint Eastwood, through shared McClanahan ancestry.

Sources: Genealogies of Rue McClanahan –

Genealogies of Rue McClanahan (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogy of Rue’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Mary Melvina Goodman –

Genealogy of Rue’s maternal great-great-great-grandfather, Gabriel Loving Medaris –

Information about Rue’s maternal eight times great-grandfather, Domingo Madeiras/Madeiros –

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

andrew August 16, 2017 at 2:16 pm

I’ve found a genealogical relation between her and Clint Eastwood:

Rue’s paternal great-great-great-great-great-great-grandparents, Elijah McClanahan and Emy Ewing, were also Clint’s maternal great-great-great-great-great-grandparents.

Clint’s maternal great-great-great-great-grandfather was this man:

Elijah was the grandson of Elijah McClanahan and Ann Ewing, so Clint descends twice from that couple

follers August 16, 2017 at 2:20 pm


andrew August 16, 2017 at 2:23 pm

This is a closer kinship than Domingo Madeiras’ ones so must add it!

follers August 17, 2017 at 1:06 am

That wasn’t Eastwood’s 4th great-grandfather.

If your other relationship is correct, McClanahan and Eastwood would be sixth cousins, once removed.

andrew August 17, 2017 at 3:40 am

Check here:

It would be legit enough to be added. They’re both bigger than Lily Allen, Britt Robertson etc

follers August 18, 2017 at 6:19 pm

See, the Elijah McClanahan on Wikipedia wasn’t Eastwood’s ancestor.

andrew August 19, 2017 at 5:55 am

Why not? he is the maternal grandfather of Virginia Lafayette White. He was the son of William McClanahan (the son of Elijah McClanahan, born 1713 in Northern Ireland) and Sarah Neely

follers August 19, 2017 at 7:32 am

Ah, yes, that’s right.

neiltennant June 26, 2016 at 3:29 pm

1/64 native american ? what a stupid thing to count those roots

she looked like a typical stereotypical european woman from germany or britain

andrew August 16, 2017 at 1:02 pm

Not this time because Ida Alice “Allie” Airington Medaris was enrolled to Choctaw tribe since she was 9 years old

* Oliver Cromwell Medaris, Jr., was the son of Oliver Cromwell Medaris, Sr., and Mary Melvina Goodman (her genealogy:

Genealogy of Oliver Cromwell Medaris, Sr.’s father, Gabriel Loving Medaris:

Gabriel’s great-great-great-grandfather was Domingo Madeiras, the same ancestor of Al Gore, John Huston and Caleb Followill.

At this site here’s the complete genealogy of Domingo Madeiras’ descendants:

sadie March 25, 2012 at 2:07 am

Rue left us too soon she was a class act. She will be sorely missed :(

Alice December 31, 2011 at 9:17 am

What a nice combination.

Adriana June 4, 2010 at 5:16 am

R.I.P. :-(

kira June 3, 2010 at 9:08 pm

didnt know she had a cool background!

total23 June 3, 2010 at 5:19 pm

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