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THE LEGENDARY ‘GOLDEN GIRL’ BETTY WHITE DIES AT 99, JUST WEEKS SHY OF HER 100TH BIRTHDAY
Monday, Jan 17, 2022

Thank you for being a friend, Betty White.

Betty White, a quick-witted comedian, actress, and TV pioneer whose career spanned over nine decades, passed away on Friday, December 31, 2021. She was 99-years-old and just a few weeks shy of celebrating her centennial birthday on January 17th. LAPD spokesman Mike Lopez said officers responded to a call around 9:30 a.m. regarding “a natural death investigation” at Betty’s Brentwood home, Page Six reports. Her agent Jeff Witjas confirmed her death to People magazine who just did a cover story to celebrate her upcoming 100th birthday.

“Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever,” Witjas shared. “I will miss her terribly and so will the animal world that she loved so much. I don’t think Betty ever feared passing because she always wanted to be with her most beloved husband, Allen Ludden. She believed she would be with him again.”

 

Betty, who’s best known for her longtime role as Rose on The Golden Girls (1985–1992), was a trailblazer who broke many barriers for women in Hollywood—hence her title as the honorary Mayor of Hollywood in 1955. After making her experimental acting debut on The Merry Widow TV show in 1939, she went on to become the first woman to produce a sitcom, Life with Elizabeth (1953), and would later hold the record for the longest TV career of any entertainer ever, earning her a title in the Guinness Book of World Records. In addition to her gift as a Golden Girl, some of her most memorable works also include her role as the loveable Sue Ann Nivens in The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1973–1977), and Elka Ostrovsky in the TV sitcom Hot in Cleveland (2010–2015).

THE GOLDEN GIRLS — Season 1 — Pictured: (l-r) Bea Arthur as Dorothy Petrillo Zbornak, Rue McClanahan as Blanche Devereaux, Estelle Getty as Sophia Petrillo, Betty White as Rose Nylund– Photo by: Herb Ball/NBCU Photo Bank

 

Many celebrities took to social media to pay homage to five-time Emmy-award-winning TV pioneer and beloved fan favorite, Betty White. LeVar Burton called Betty “one of the best humans ever” while Dionne Warwick said she was a “brilliant talent” who has earned her rest. Legendary comedian and actor Steve Martin recalled a memorable encounter with Betty when he was just an “obscure opening act,” Dan Rather spoke of her “spirit of goodness and hope,” Ryan Seacrest mourned the loss of a “true American icon” from Times Square, and Ellen DeGeneres shared her gratitude for the time she spent with Betty.

 

 

 

 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Betty White’s family, friends, and fans as we mourn the loss of another Hollywood legend. Watch the video below to remember how Betty celebrated her 99th and final birthday.

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