Thank you for being a friend: Betty White has passed away at 99
Betty White, the iconic television star who won the hearts of generations of fans over a decades-long career, has died aged 99.
White’s death was confirmed by his longtime agent Jeff Witjas during a phone call Friday with publicist Pam Golum. White would have turned 100 on January 17, 2022.
âI really never thought she was going to die,â Witjas told The Associated Press. “She meant a lot to me as a friend. She was the most positive person I have ever known.”
Her combination of sweetness and daring brought a roster of quirky characters to life in notable roles, including Rose Nylund in Golden girls and Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. She continued to work on television in the 2000s with roles on Love glory and beauty, Boston Legal and later Hot in Cleveland.
Betty White: First Lady of Television – and our hearts. Rest in peace â¤ï¸ pic.twitter.com/AInUQ80HHn
White has won numerous awards for his television work, including five Primetime Emmys and two Daytime Emmys, including a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Daytime Emmys.
She was also a television pioneer by co-founding a production company and as the co-creator, producer and star of the 1950s sitcom. Life with Elisabeth.
WATCH | Betty White appearance on the CBC Flashback in 1966:
White has stayed young in part thanks to his ability to play debauchery or villainy while beaming kindness. His movie roles in the horror parody Lake placid and comedy Proposal were marked by the surprisingly salty language of its characters.
The world is different now. She was good at defying expectations. She managed to get very old and somehow not old enough. We will miss you, Betty. Now you know the secret. pic.twitter.com/uevwerjobS
But she was hardly chosen for the role of “Happy Homemaker” Sue Ann Nivens in The Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1973. She and her husband, Allen Ludden, were close friends of Moore and Moore’s former husband, producer Grant Tinker. There were concerns that if White failed on the series, which was already a huge success, it would be embarrassing for the four of them.
But CBS casting executive Ethel Winant said White was the logical choice. Originally intended as a one-time appearance, Sue Ann’s role lasted until Moore ended the series in 1977.
âAlthough she is insanely sweet on her cooking show, Sue is definitely the piranha type,â White said. The role won her two Emmy Awards as a supporting actress in a comedy series.
White has made frequent appearances on game shows, late-night talk shows, and in commercials during his lauded career; in 2010, then 88, became the oldest person to house Saturday Night Live following a social media campaign to get her on the show.
RIP Betty White, the only SNL host I have ever seen, received a standing ovation at the after party. A party at which she ordered a vodka and a hot dog and stayed until the end.
White said his longevity was the result of good health, good fortune and love for his job.
âIt’s amazing that I’m still in this business and you still support me,â White said during an appearance at the 2018 Emmy Awards, where she was honored for her long career.
“It’s amazing that you can stay in a career for so long and people still support you. I wish they would do that at home.”
Betty White will always be hot in Cleveland. RIP to a TV legend. pic.twitter.com/wEtgvnExE9
A film in honor of White on his birthday will be released as scheduled for a day-long screening at more than 900 theaters across the country, said Steve Boettcher and Mike Trinklein, producers of Betty White: 100 Years – A Birthday Celebration.
“We will go ahead with our plan to show the film on January 17th in the hopes that our film will provide everyone who loved her with a way to celebrate her life – and find out what made her such a great. national treasure, âthey said in a statement. .
Hold on Golden girls
In 1985, White starred on NBC with Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty in Golden girls. Her cast of mature actresses, playing single retired Miami women, pitched a bet in a youth-conscious industry. But it turned out to be a solid success and lasted until 1992.
White played Rose, a sweet, dark widow who managed to misinterpret most situations. She’s driven her roommates crazy with quirky childhood stories in the fictional St. Olaf, Minn., A quirky version of Lake Wobegon.
The role won her another Emmy, and she reprized it in a short-lived spin-off, The Golden Palace.
After the death of his co-star Arthur in 2009, White said Entertainment tonight: “She showed me how to be very brave by acting. I will miss that courage.”
But it was in 2010 that White’s fame exploded like never before.
In a Snickers commercial that premiered during that year’s Super Bowl airing, she imitated a low-energy dude getting tackled during a backlot football game.
“Mike, you play like Betty White over there,” quipped one of her buddies. White, flat on the ground and covered in mud, retaliated, “That’s not what your girlfriend said!”
The instantly viral video helped spark a Facebook campaign titled âBetty White to Host SNL (Please?)!â, Which half a million fans led her to co-host Saturday Night Live in a much-watched edition this Mother’s Day weekend. This appearance earned him a seventh Emmy Award.
“Who didn’t like Betty White?” “
White began her television career as a $ 50-a-week sidekick to a local Los Angeles TV personality in 1949. She was hired for a local daytime show starring Al Jarvis, the disc. – Los Angeles’ most famous jockey.
It was then that she received advice to start lying about her age.
âWe’re so age-conscious in this country,â she said in a 2011 interview with The Associated Press. âIt’s silly, but that’s how we are. So I was told, ‘Stop four years now. You will bless yourself later.’
âI was born in 1922. So I thought, ‘I always have to remember that I was born in 1926.’ But then I would have to do the math.
âIn the end, I decided to go with it. “
We are saddened by the passing of Betty White.
Not only was she an incredible actress, she also served in WWII as a member of the American Women’s Voluntary Services.
A true legend on and off the screen. pic.twitter.com/1HRDYCeV7w
White wasn’t afraid to laugh at herself and throw out a joke about her sex life or a sarcastic crunch you wouldn’t expect from a smiling, white-haired elderly woman. She was often asked if, after such a long career, there was still something she wanted to do and the standard response was: “Robert Redford.”
“Old age has not diminished it,” wrote The New York Times in 2013. “It gave it a second lease of life.”
Minutes after news of her death was announced, US President Joe Biden told reporters: “It’s a shame. She was a lovely woman.” His wife Jill Biden said: “Who didn’t love Betty White? We are so sad over her death.”
Betty White has brought smiles to generations of Americans. She is a cultural icon that will be greatly missed. Jill and I think of her family and everyone who loved her this New Year’s Eve.