Betty White, an American actress and comedian who rose to fame for her comedic work on numerous television sitcoms including “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Golden Girls,” and “Hot in Cleveland” among others, has died at age 99.
Her agent and close friend Jeff Witjas has confirmed the news. He said it was not clear whether White took her last breath on Thursday night or Friday. “I never thought she would pass away,” explained Witjas to The Associated Press. “She was my closest friend; she was the most optimistic person I’ve ever met.
Betty White passes away at 99, just a few days before her 100th birthday.
On January 17, 2022, Betty White was going to celebrate her 100th birthday with her fans. She had previously planned a unique movie event – “Betty White: 100 Years Old A Birthday Celebration.” Here is her most recent tweet announcing the celebration of her 100th birthday. Unfortunately, she has passed away only a few days before this might
— Betty White (@BettyMWhite) December 28, 2021
About Betty White
She has been working in the business for over eight decades, and she is regarded as a pioneer of early television. She’s not only recognized for her on-screen performance, but also for her behind-the-scenes work.
Betty White brought a smile to the lips of generations of Americans. She’s a cultural icon who will be sorely missed. Jill and I are thinking of her family and all those who loved her this New Year’s Eve.
— President Biden (@POTUS) December 31, 2021
Betty White is the first woman to have a national television show, Life with Elizabeth. In 1955, she was made honorary Mayor of Hollywood after being named as such in a poll. She has played numerous roles on TV shows including Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls, Elka Ostro
She was also a frequent participant on American game shows such as Password, Match Game, Tattletales, To Tell the Truth, The Hollywood Squares, and The $25,000 Pyramid. White became well-known as “the first lady of game shows.” She was also seen in several American programs including The Bold and the Beautiful, Boston Legal
She has received several honors as a result of her exceptional work, including a Grammy Award, numerous Emmy Awards, American Comedy Awards, and Screen Actors Guild Awards to mention a few. She is also well-known for being an animal rights activist.
Tributes pour in via Twitter
Following the announcement of her death, social media has been flooded with tributes from her fans, celebrities, and politicians, including US President Joe Biden who praised the late legend. “Betty White brought a smile to the lips of generations of Americans,” wrote Biden. “She’ll be sorely missed as a cultural icon. Jill and I are keeping
The world looks different now. She was great at defying expectation. She managed to grow very old and somehow, not old enough. We’ll miss you, Betty. Now you know the secret. pic.twitter.com/uevwerjobS
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) December 31, 2021
So sad to hear about Betty White passing. I loved watching her characters that brought so much joy. Thank you, Betty, for making us all laugh! https://t.co/iOkmHLrW21
— Reese Witherspoon (@ReeseW) December 31, 2021
RIP Betty White, the only SNL host I ever saw get a standing ovation at the after party. A party at which she ordered a vodka and a hotdog and stayed til the bitter end.
— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) December 31, 2021
We are saddened by the passing of Betty White.
Not only was she an amazing actress, she also served during WWII as a member of the American Women's Voluntary Services.
A true legend on and off the screen. pic.twitter.com/1HRDYCeV7w
— U.S. Army (@USArmy) December 31, 2021
Betty White: First Lady Of Television — and our hearts. Rest in Peace ❤️ pic.twitter.com/AInUQ80HHn
— Netflix (@netflix) December 31, 2021
We also mourn the death of this legendary actress and comedian!