Betty White, The True ‘Golden Girl,’ Passes Away at 99


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The star of Golden Girls and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Betty White passes away at the age of 99, just three weeks short of her centennial birthday.

Melanie Vargas, Staff Writer

Betty White, a famous actress who created some of the most unforgettable sitcom characters in history passed away on Friday at the age of 99. Her death was confirmed by her longtime friend and agent, Jeff Witjas. She sadly passed away less than three weeks before her 100th birthday. White has an admirable up-for-anything charm that made her a television mainstay for more than 60 years as TV hostess Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and loopy housemate Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls.

“Farewell to the legendary Betty White. Thank you for all the laughter and joy you brought into this world. Rest In Peace” Joe Jonas tweeted. 

 White launched her TV career in daytime talk shows and her combination of sweetness and edginess gave life to a roster of quirky characters in shows. White had not only become the hippest star around but also became a role model for how to grow old joyously. As her popularity grew her birthday became a national event: In January 2012, NBC aired “Betty White’s 90th Birthday Party” as a star-studded prime-time special. 

“The world looks different now. She was great at defying expectations. She managed to grow very old and somehow, not old enough. We’ll miss you, Betty. Now you know the secret,” tweeted Ryan Reynolds, who starred alongside White in the 2009 comedy The Proposal.

In a career spanning seven decades, White won multiple Emmys making fans laugh with her numerous portrayals. In 2010, she made another unforgettable television appearance when she became the oldest person to ever host Saturday Night Live. The episode earned her another Emmy nomination. She earned an astounding 21 Emmy nominations during her career, winning the award five times. 

Valerie Bertinelli, who co-starred alongside White in Hot In Cleveland tweeted, “Rest in peace, sweet Betty. My God, how bright heaven must be right now.”