RIP Betty White: the last Golden Girl makes her way to the proverbial golden gates
Actress and comedienne Betty White has died, aged 99, just two weeks short of her 100th birthday.
Her death was confirmed by longtime agent Jeff Witjas and publicist Pam Golum this morning.
White was most famous for her role as Rose Nyland – the most naive but also one of the funniest characters on hit TV show, The Golden Girls.
But it was The Mary Tyler Moore Show that made White a television mainstay, playing a man-crazy TV hostess.
Born Betty Marion White Ludden, in Oak Park, Illinois, White was the only child of Christine Tess, a homemaker, and Horace White, a lighting company executive. During the Great Depression, her father went on to help build radios.
Betty White initially aspired to be a forest ranger but soon pursued an interest in writing and eventually a career in acting.
Her acting career has spanned eight decades, and she came to be known as ‘The First Lady of Television’ and ‘The First Lady of Game Shows’. She appeared in everything from Match Game to The Bold and the Beautiful; Saturday Night Live to Boston Legal; and later in her career, TV Land and Hot In Cleveland.
White worked longer in television than anyone else in that medium, earning her a Guinness World Record in 2018.
Betty White would have turned 100 on January 17, 2022.
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