Betty White has reportedly passed away at the age of 99 just ahead of her 100th birthday, according to TMZ. The sad news broke on Friday afternoon with the tabloid revealing they received word from law enforcement about her passing at her home earlier Friday morning.
This surely comes as a shock to most with Betty White recently opening up about how great she felt in a handful of interviews. “I’m the luckiest broad on two feet to be as healthy as I am and to feel as good as I do,” she just told ET earlier this week.
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Betty White’s Legacy Far Surpasses ‘Golden Girls’
Although Betty White received a lot of notoriety for her lead role as Rose Nylund in “The Golden Girls,” her resume spanned far wider than the show’s ’85-’92 run. In fact, she earned the title for the longest-running career for any woman in TV prior to her sudden and unexpected passing.
You can relive some of her best moments as Rose here–a character that has brought so much joy and laughter to audiences far and wide. A character that any generation can appreciate. Check it out:
What you might not know is that the legendary Betty White actually got her start in radio in the ’40s. During this time, she worked on projects like “This Is Your FBI,” “The Great Gildersleeve,” and “Blondie.” She even got her very own radio program before entering the world of television around ’49. The variety show she entered was called “Hollywood on Television” and eventually she even got to co-host the project with disc-jockey Al Jarvis.
The rest of her career is rather hard to sum up because her acting credits were so plentiful. They include “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Love Boat,” “The Golden Palace,” “That ’70s Show,” “The Proposal,” and more.
That last one is one of the projects Betty White worked on with Ryan Reynolds, which sparked their hilarious ongoing “flirting.”
A List of Awards As Long As Her Career
Primetime Emmy Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, American Comedy Awards, and even a Grammy. If you can name it, Betty White probably earned herself one (or even a couple). The beloved icon wrangled up several Lifetime Achievement Awards during her Hollywood career with many of them related to her contributions to comedy.
You might remember her hilarious “Off Their Rockers” comedy show which ran on NBC for three seasons. It starred Betty White as she led a group of elderly folks on a mission to pull the best pranks. It’s exactly the way a lot of people choose to remember her on this sad day. A champion of laughter and a force of good in this world.