Lucille Ball’s Daughter, Lucie Arnaz, Calls Betty White ‘One of the Great Dames’ in Touching Tribute

by Quentin Blount

The daughter of Lucille Ball, Lucie Arnaz, is one of the latest in the industry to post a heartfelt tribute to the late Betty White.

It’s a heavy day for us all, folks. Betty White — the beloved actress known for her roles as Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls, and Elka Ostrovsky on Hot in Cleveland — has passed away at the age of 99.

If you know anything about classic television, you know that two of the leading females in the industry were Betty and Lucille Ball. Not only were they trendsetters and icons in their own unique ways, but they also held a very close friendship until Ball passed away in 1989. She was 77.

Even though Ball is just over ten years older than White, the two first became friends back in 1957 on the Desilu Studios lot. At the time, Lucille Ball was filming her hit show I Love Lucy. As for Betty White, she was working on a comedy series called Date with the Angels.

On Friday evening, Ball’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz, shared a touching message about her mom’s close friend.

“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 showed up. She was a class act.

A class act indeed. There really was no one quite like Betty White.

“She adored her husband, her work. She was an inspiration to this industry and it was a privilege to call her my friend.”

Betty White and Lucille Ball Fans Reply to Instagram Post

It goes without saying that Lucille Ball and Betty White were two of the biggest stars in all of television at one point. As a result, they have millions of combined fans, and many of them replied to Lucie Arnaz’s post on Friday.

“She LOVED your Mom,” one fan commented.

“Our Golden Girl Forever,” another fan wrote. “Just knew you would go out in style #NewYearsEve2021 #BettyWhite she couldn’t leave on an ordinary day.”

“One of the all time best! So heartbreaking! Rest in Peace, Amazing Lady!”

Meanwhile, Betty White took part in an “Ask Me Anything” segment on Reddit back in 2014. The entire thing is pretty amazing (check it out here). But we had to mention one particular question that was asked about Lucille Ball.

“Did you ever meet Lucille Ball?” one fan asked White. “If so, what was she like?”

“Lucy was one of my dearest friends,” White replied. “Our mothers were both best friends. She was dynamite. Everything you saw was what you got. We used to play backgammon, and she used to teach me the game but she used to move the pieces so fast. I used to say how are you teaching me if you move the pieces so fast and she would say I want to win!”