LOS ANGELES, Dec. 31, 2021—Cultural icon Betty White passed away today at her Brentwood home in Los Angeles.
She was 18 days away from celebrating her 100th birthday.
An actress and comedian, White starred in a number of television hits throughout her career, including The Mary Tyler Moore Show from 1973-1977, The Golden Girls from 1985-1992 and Hot in Cleveland from 2010-2015.
Her television career, which began in 1949, spanned over nine decades which earned her distinction in the Guinness Book of World Records as having the longest television career.
She most recently appeared in the January 2022 issue of People Magazine that hit newsstands just recently.
White began her entertainment career in radio before transitioning to television where she was a staple on game shows such as Password (with her third husband, host Allen Ludden whom she met on the show), Match Game, To Tell the Truth, The Hollywood Squares and the $20,000 Pyramid.
She had her own television show—twice—in 1954 and 1977.
White is most remembered for her roles as obnoxiously perky Sue Ann Nivens, the star of “The Happy Homemaker,” a fictitious cooking and decorating show on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and as “Golden Girl” Rose Nylund, a Norwegian American from Minnesota who, as White said, was naïve and “not the brightest nickel in the drawer, but funny.”
Her popularity opened doors for quirky opportunities, including a Super Bowl Snickers commercial in 2009 and a turn at hosting Saturday Night Live in 2010, after a Facebook grassroots campaign called “Betty White to host SNL (Please)” gathered nearly 500,000 signatures. She is the oldest SNL host to date and garnered her eighth Emmy Award for “Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.”
Prior to the announcement of her death, select theaters across the United States planned to celebrate White’s 100th birthday with a showing of a new documentary celebrating her life and career, titled Betty White: 100 Years Young—A Birthday Celebration. The film’s producers announced the event will go on as planned in celebration of White’s life.
In addition to her acting, White authored seven books, including several about her life and career.
Her awards include seven Emmys and three American Comedy Awards. She was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1995 and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame alongside her late husband Allen Ludden.