Betty White, the legendary actress, and icon of the television industry dies at 99. It is assumed to be a natural death as there are no reports of any disease.
She was weeks away from her 100th birthday. She would have turned a centenarian on January 17. A movie event “Betty White: 100 Years Young- A Birthday celebration” was planned to be hosted on her birthday. She was enthusiastic and was eagerly waiting to see it with her fans.
The producers of the film said that the event will go on as planned.
“Our hearts mourn today with the passing of Betty White. During the many years we worked with her, we developed a great love and admiration for Betty as a person, and as an accomplished entertainer,” film producers Steve Boettcher and Mike Trinklein said in a media statement. “We are thankful for the many decades of delight she brought to everyone. Betty always said she was the ‘luckiest broad on two feet to have had a career as long as she did. And honestly, we were the lucky ones to have had her for so long.”
Betty White – A Beautiful Soul
Betty White is remembered by her fans for her witty and spontaneous character. She was a beautiful soul with lots of positivity and would make sure that everyone around her was happy. In the last interview she had, a few days before her birthday, she reveals that her secret to longevity is the pleasure she enjoys when she makes others happy.
A Glimpse into her Life
Betty Marion White Ludden was born on January 17, 1922, in Oak Park in Illinois. She had her education at Beverly Hills Highschool. When she was just eight years, she made her debut in radio programming in 1930. Later she began working as a radio personality in Los Angeles. After her television entry, she n]became one of the successful panelists of American game shows like Password, Match Game, To Tell the Truth, The Hollywood Squares and was known as the first lady of game shows.
She also won many awards including eight Emmy awards for her exemplary performance as a game host. She had one of the longest television careers and it earned her a Guinness World Record in 2018.
White also had her place in Hollywood. She was amazing in her roles on The Golden Girls and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Later in her career, she played important characters on Hot in Cleveland and the 2009 super hit film The Proposal.
Apart from her professional success, she is also a great humanitarian. She is a pet lover and has worked in many animal organizations as an animal health enthusiast. She is still serving as the president emerita of Morris Animal Foundation. She is also a longtime supporter of the Wildlife Learning Centre, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Actors and Others for Animals.
Betty White was the only child of her parents Christine Tess, a homemaker, and Horace Logan White, a lighting company executive.
She was married three times and has three stepchildren. Her first marriage was with Dick Barker in 1945. They got divorced in the same year. After that, she was married to actor Lane Allen in 1947. Allen and Betty lived for 2 years and got separated. Finally, she was married to Allen Ludden in 1963, whom she called the love of her life. She then became a stepmother to his three kids. She didn’t have her biological children. Later he passed away in 1981
Tributes to the Golden Girl
US president Joe Biden called her lovely lady and told the reporters “ 99 years old-as my mother would say, God, love her!”
The US Army also tweeted their respects, writing on Twitter: “Not only was she an amazing actress, but she also served during WWII as a member of the American Women’s Voluntary Services.
Ryan Reynolds tweeted “ the world looks very different now”. He had filmed with her in the superhit movie The Proposal in 2009.
A great loss to us all. We shall miss her dearly” tweeted George Takei
“What an exceptional life”, posted talk show host Ellen De Generes. I’m grateful for every second I got to spend with Betty White”
“She was everything that you wanted her to be and more,” said Love Hewitt in an emotional video.
“She is one of the most beloved female performers in the history of television,” said Bob Mauro of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, who described White as an “American institution”
She is one of the blessed human souls in the world. She inspired people, spread positivity, and always made sure that everyone around her is happy. The future generation has got a lot to learn from this mind-blowing performer as well as a great human being.