Hollywood Actress Betty White Dies Just Shy of Her 100th Birthday
The comedy actress Betty White, who retired after a career spanning more than 80 years after starring in Emmy-winning sitcoms “The Golden Girls” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” has died. People magazine said she was less than three weeks away from her 100th birthday.
Jeff Witjas, the actress’ agent, told the magazine: “I thought Betty would live forever, even though she was approaching her 100th birthday.” No cause of death was given.
White was an anomaly in an entertainment industry where actresses over 40 face career twilight, as she was a star in her 60s and a pop culture phenomenon in her 80s and 90s.
The 92-year-old star, who was renowned for her likability, continued to star in her sitcom, “Hot in Cleveland,” until it was cancelled in late 2014.
According to White, her longevity was the result of good health, good fortune, and a love of her work.
She was honoured for her long career at the 2018 Emmy Awards ceremony, where she said she was amazed she was still in the business. It is incredible that you can work so hard and still have people put up with your antics. I wish my family was like that.”
Betty White was a lovely lady
When she was asked what she wanted to do after such a long career, her standard response was “Robert Redford.” She was not afraid to mock herself or to crack a snarky joke about her sexual life.
In 2013, the New York Times wrote, “Old age hasn’t diminished her.”
U.S. President Joe Biden said to reporters shortly after her death: “That’s a shame. Betty was a lovely lady.” His wife Jill Biden said: “Who didn’t like Betty? We are deeply saddened by her passing.”
Betty Marion White was born on Jan. 17, 1922, in Oak Park, Illinois. During the Great Depression, her family moved to Los Angeles, where she went to Beverly Hills High School.
Despite having no children, White worked for animal causes. She turned down a role in the movie “As Good as It Gets” because of a scene that included a dog being tossed down a garbage chute.