Inside the Emerald City: Wicked's Headmistress Madame Morrible

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03 Oct 2013

Rue McClanahan
Photo by Joan Marcus

Late Emmy Award winner Rue McClanahan was Broadway's second Morrible. Best known for her work on two classic television sitcoms, "Maude" and "The Golden Girls," she appeared on Broadway in the revival of The Women, as well as California Suite, Sticks and Bones, Father's Day and Jimmy Shine. Her film credits are numerous.


"Well, this whole experience is just a little piece of heaven," McClanahan told about her role in Wicked in 2005. "I've been allowed to develop my own character, which I'm still working on. I'll probably still be working on it seven-and-a-half months from now. She starts out so likable and apparently trustworthy and good, and then by the end she's an absolute daughter of Satan and gets dragged off to prison. She goes crazy. She has always been a little crazy, and she's been covering it up because she wants power. She's power mad. And she, you know, by the way, is the brains behind everything."


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