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Thursday, 3 June 2010

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Golden Girl Rue McClanahan has died at the age of 76. That makes actress, Betty White the last of the Golden Girls and winner of at least a million dollar tontine.

The tontine is named after a banker named Lorenzo de Tonti, who invented it in France in 1653. The rules are simple. Each person in the group contributes regularly. The money stays invested and grows as there are fewer and fewer people who own it. Once it is down to one person, they get the whole ball of wax.

Although McClanahan was in "All In The Family' and "Maude", she is best known as the Southern belle Blanche Devereaux on "The Golden Girls" which ran from 1985 until 1992.

She won an Emmy for Best Lead Actress in 1987.

Upon hearing the news, Betty White asked for a moment of silence, followed by a rousing "Yahoo!" and "Somebody get me to that bank in Burbank!"

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