Fans around the world loved the late actress, Betty White, and she knew it.
The actress/comedian passed away on New Year’s Eve, just a few weeks away from her 100th birthday. She peacefully died of natural causes in her Los Angeles home.
In a recent interview, White’s friend and agent, Jeff Witjas, revealed that he often reminded Betty of her popularity among fans. He told People Magazine, “She knew it, but I would tell her often. Even when she wasn’t working, I said, “Betty, millions of people out there are still asking for you.” He wanted his friend to understand how much people admire her.
“I don’t know if she ever embraced it, or really, really felt it. The extent of it.”
We hope White passed knowing how much she meant to millions all around the world. She lit up million’s screens with her jokes, dimples, and kind smile. She proved to be the type of woman you could hug and feel the love. White played the virtual role of everyone’s grandmother.
Since her death, fans and celebrities expressed their condolences. This included stars like Ryan Reynolds, Sandra Bullock, Reese Witherspoon, Viola Davis, Debra Messing, and Diane Kruger.
Witjas told interviewers that her popularity went ‘beyond love.’ He continued by saying, ‘Betty lived a great life and she lived a life that she chose. She was happy. Every time I told her, “Betty, you’re loved,” she would look at me with a wry smile and say, “Really?” I hope she knew. I think she did. It was something beyond love.’
Lucille Ball’s Daughter Remembers Betty White
Back in 2014, White talked about her late friend on an “Ask Me Anything” segment on Reddit. When a fan asked her about her relationship with Ball, White was ready to answer. “Lucy was one of my dearest friends. Our mothers were both best friends. She was dynamite. Everything you saw was what you got.”
Since 1949, White brought smiles to the faces of millions. One of those hearts was the daughter of another beloved Hollywood star, Lucie Arnaz.
Arnaz is the daughter of another classic television actress, Lucille Ball. Before Ball passed away in 1989 at the age of 77, she was a close friend of the Golden Girls actress. The two became friends back in 1957 in the Desilu Studios. Both ladies filmed television series there. Ball filmed I Love Lucy, while White worked on a comedy series called Date with the Angels.
On Friday, Arnaz shared a sweet message on her Instagram: “
“Betty White was one of the great dames. Sassy. Sexy. Super smart. We met through our mutual concern for the treatment of furry four-legged friends and created Actors and Others For Animals. She was an inspiration to this industry and it was a privilege to call her my friend.”