Betty White, icon and the Internet’s favorite grandma, passed away today at the age of 99. White was an actress whose career spanned radio, film, and television, acting for over 70 years. She is best known for her work on The Golden Girls, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and Hot in Cleveland. According to her agent, she died in her sleep in her home. She was only seventeen days away from turning 100.
White first started acting after serving as a volunteer in World War II, as part of the American Women’s Voluntary Services. She started in radio, getting her own show, before transitioning to TV. She was also the first woman to produce a sitcom, Life with Elizabeth, and the first woman to win the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host. She worked on other classics like The Proposal, The Match Game, The Bold and the Beautiful, and even hosted Saturday Night Live.
Our national treasure, Betty White, has passed just before her 100th birthday. Our Sue Ann Nivens, our beloved Rose Nylund, has joined the heavens to delight the stars with her inimitable style, humor, and charm. A great loss to us all. We shall miss her dearly.
I met Betty White several times over the years, in many green rooms. She was a vanguard who paved the way for women in TV. Now we say goodbye to her irrepressible presence, and like millions of others, I will miss her. Thank you for all the joy and laughter, Betty ❤️ pic.twitter.com/XTxLaVFTlw