Cherished Television Icon Betty White Dead on the Cusp of 100th Birthday
A many weeks shy of her 100th birthday, Betty White, the cherished actress and funnyman whose career in Hollywood gauged nearly eight decades and included stints on megahit shows like The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Golden Girls, has failed. She was 99.
White failed at her home in California on Friday,Dec. 31. A representative for the Los Angeles Fire Department told Rolling Stone “ We responded to a medical aid request. The call was entered at 933a.m. We've determined death of an roughly 99- time-old lady.”
White’s agent and friend, Jeff Witjas, told People, “ Indeed though Betty was about to be 100, I allowed she'd live ever. I'll miss her terribly and so will the beast world that she loved so important. I do n’t suppose Betty ever stressed passing because she always wanted to be with her most cherished hubby Allen Ludden. She believed she'd be with him again.”
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White was set to turn 100 times old onJan. 17, and the actress was going to celebrate the corner with a special movie event, Betty White 100 Times Young, which was to feature White participating stories from throughout her career, plus classic clips from her filmography and a lost occasion from her first sitcom. Plenitude of celebrity guests had been tapped to appear as well, including Ryan Reynolds, Tina Fey, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Morgan Freeman, Jay Leno, Carol Burnett, and others.
In an interview with People, published onDec. 28, White said, “ I ’m so lucky to be in similar good health and feel so good at this age.” She added that she was “ born a tilted optimist. … I got it from my mama, and that noway changed. I always find the positive.”
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.White’s remarkable résumé included work in radio, TV, and film, while she also penned several books — both fabrication and nonfiction — and worked lifelessly as an activist for beast rights. She was nominated for 21 high- time Emmys and won five, her first for Supporting Actress on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1976, her last for guest-hosting Saturday Night Live in 2010. A inexhaustible worker, White joked during an interview with CNN in February 2017, “ I ’m still suitable to get a job, at this age. I'll go to my grave saying,‘Can I come by and read for that hereafter?’“
While White’s myriad places included Television judge, cleaner- pieces star, and regular host and guest on colorful game shows and talk shows, she was best known for her work in comedy. Beforehand on in her career, White said, she was regularly typecast as “ harsh sweet,” but her turn as Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show allowed her to embrace similar spoony characteristics while cankering them with a ribald edge that came her trademark for decades to come.
Born outside Chicago in 1922, White’s family moved to Los Angeles during the Great Depression. She discovered acting in high academy, and in the Forties scored her first jobs on radio, ultimately garnering her own program, The Betty White Show. In 1949, she landed her first major TV part as theco-host of Hollywood on Television, a live, original variety show that ran for a whopping five and a half hours, six days a week. White outlived herco-host, Al Jarvis, and piloted the show solo for several times, honing her uproarious craft.
“ When you ’re on that numerous hours with no script, you know, you get veritably comfortable — perhaps exorbitantly comfortable — with that small followership,” she told NPR in 2011. “ As I say, you hit andrun.However, you drop it, and also you try to get down as presto as you can, If there’s a double meaning. … You can go past that magic moment to note on commodity, and the laugh is killed.”
In the early Fifties, Whiteco-founded her own product company and retooled one of her Hollywood on Television derisions into her first sitcom, The Life of Elizabeth. Not only did White play the title part, but she was also a patron on the nationally distributed show, making her one of the many women in Hollywood with creative control both on-and out-camera. White garnered her first Emmy nomination for the series in 1951.
In 1962, White appeared in her first movie, the drama Advise and Consent, but over the coming two decades, she cemented her place as a TV chief. White starred in several sitcoms and variety programs and came a chief on the game- show circuit, utmost famously as a competitor on Word (she married host Allen Ludden in 1963; he failed from stomach cancer in 1981). White was also a favorite Tonight Show guest and hosted the Rose Parade for NBC for 19 times. In 1973, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, looking for an “ harsh sweet Betty White type” to play Sue Ann Nivens, cast the factual actress. But what was supposed to be a guest appearance fleetly came a recreating gig that relaunched White’s amusement career and won her two Emmys.
After The Mary Tyler Moore Show wrapped in 1977, she continued to work regularly. Most specially, she starred on her own program, The Betty White Show, and in 1983 began hosting the game show Just Men!, for which she came the first woman to win the Emmy for Outstanding Game Show Host. White scored hersecond-most iconic part, as the lovably dim Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls. The show was a conditions smash, ran for seven seasons, and helped win White her third Emmy, although in that CNN interview she remembered it for its groundbreaking premise.
“ Golden Girls was a big advance. A situation comedy about old women? What's that? I suppose it changed a lot of the thinking and opened the way for a lot of aged women.”
After The Golden Girls, again White’s career continued with many bumps or interruptions. Along with her regular amusement work, she published her bio, Then We Go Again My Life in Television, in 1995, and continued to serve as a trustee and a member of the board of directors of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (she called theL.A. Zoo her “ home down from home” in a New York Times interview).
While White remained a constant presence in the pop knowledge, she endured yet another monumental moment, in 2010, when she starred alongside Abe Vigoda in a Snickers Super Bowl marketable. The spot kick- started a addict crusade for her to host Saturday Night Live, and in May 2010 she did, pairing with cherished alums similar as Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, and Rachel Dratch. In the ensuing months, White’s rearmost sitcom, Hot in Cleveland, premiered on TV Land. The show came a surprise megahit and ran for six seasons.
Indeed after Hot in Cleveland wrapped, and well into her nineties, White kept busy with the occasional guest appearance and small part. She popped up on an occasion of SpongeBob SquarePants in 2016, and in 2019 advanced her voice to two animated flicks, Trouble, and Toy Story 4 (in the ultimate, she played a chew toy aptly named “ Bitey White”). White was also the subject of a PBS talkie, Betty White First Lady of Television.
In January 2017, White spoke with Katie Couric, on her 95th birthday. When Couric asked White what she hoped people would suppose when they heard her name, she snappily fooled, “ Oh, she’s so gorgeous and sexy!” White also added, “ I just appreciate the fact that people have been so kind to me all these times. The fact that I ’m still working, that’s the thing I ’m most thankful for.”