The entertainment world is in mourning as legendary actress and comedian Betty White has passed away at the age of 99. According to TMZ, White passed away at her home on Friday morning. The Golden Girls actress was going to turn 100 on January 17.
“I thought she would live forever. I’ll miss her terribly,” said White’s agent Jeff Witjas confirming the passing. “I don’t think Betty ever feared passing because she always wanted to be with her husband. She believed she’d be with him again.”
White is most famous for her acting as she had breakout roles in the 70s and 80s. She played Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show from 1973 to 1977 and then starred in The Golden Girls as Rose Nylund from 1985 through 1992. White stayed active even in her later years as she starred in TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland from 2010 through 2015. The comedy legend also stayed active doing voice acting as she voiced Yoshie in the English dub of Ponyo, Grammy Norma in The Lorax, and Bitey White in Toy Story 4.
Betty White: First Lady Of Television — and our hearts. Rest in Peace ❤️ pic.twitter.com/AInUQ80HHn
— Netflix (@netflix) December 31, 2021
White began her career in the 1930s when she was just eight years old. She became the first woman to produce a sitcom (Life in Elizabeth) and was a staple on game show panels. Her television career spans over nine decades, which has earned her a Guinness World Record. She’s received eight Emmy awards over her career, three American Comedy Awards, and a Grammy Award.
A documentary film Betty White: 100 Years Young – A Birthday Celebration was scheduled to release in January and was to feature a star-studded cast of entertainers reflecting on White’s career that included Ryan Reynolds, Tina Fey, Robert Redford, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Jay Leno, Carol Burnett, Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel, Valerie Bertinelli, James Corden, Wendy Malick, and Jennifer Love Hewitt. No word yet on if the special will be retooled or released as planned.
Thank you for being our friend.
NBC will miss our Golden Girl. pic.twitter.com/J2EEGxxuHZ
— NBC Entertainment (@nbc) December 31, 2021
ComingSoon sends condolences to White’s friends and family.