Beloved actress and comedienne Betty White, known for her iconic roles in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls, and Hot In Cleveland has passed away at the age of 99.
It has been reported that Betty White has died at her home in California on Friday, Dec. 31. She was three weeks shy of her 100th birthday.
There are no words to truly describe the greatness of Betty White. A pioneer of early television, with a career spanning eight decades in radio, television, and film. White also penned several books — both fiction and nonfiction — and worked tirelessly as an activist for animal rights. White was noted for her vast work in the entertainment industry, and remained a true legend until the very end.
One of the first women to exert control both in front of and behind the camera, White made a name for herself early on as one of the first women to produce a sitcom (Life with Elizabeth). She is of course most remembered for her roles in The Mary Tyler Moore Show (Sue Ann Nivens), The Golden Girls (Rose Nylund), and Hot In Cleveland (Elka Ostrovsky).
We lost a true treasure today. There was no one like Ms. Betty White. and there never will be again. She was a human being with a generous heart, who also didn’t let anyone else get in her way. She was someone a role model for women everywhere, and someone I inspire to be.
One of Betty White’s greatest quotes comes from her book If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t) — “Why do people say “grow some balls”? Balls are weak and sensitive. If you wanna be tough, grow a vagina. Those things can take a pounding.”
In addition to her contributions to acting, she was also supported charities and causes such as “Actors and Others for Animals” and the Morris Animal Foundation. Read more about Betty White’s charity work and events.
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