‘Golden Girls’ actress with decades-long career dies at age 99

(NewsNation now) – Beloved actress, comedian and American icon Betty White has died, just weeks before a milestone birthday, according to several reports.

White was best known for her work on sitcoms, including her Emmy-winning portraits of Sue Ann Nivens on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and Rose Nylund on “The Golden Girls.”

White was a pioneer figure and was one of the first women to produce a sitcom about “Life with Elizabeth”, a show she helped create in 1952, which she also starred in and wrote for.

Her success continued into the 80s and 90s. In 2010, at the age of 88, she joined the cast of “Hot in Cleveland” and became the oldest person ever to host “Saturday Night Live”.

I 2021 interview with “People” days before she turned 99th birthday, White credited her longevity for being “blessed with good health” and “a sense of humor.”

“Do not take yourself too seriously,” she told the magazine. “You can lie to others – not what I wanted – but you can not lie to yourself.”

The actress was born in Oak Park, Illinois, on January 17, 1922 as Betty Marion White. But before she turned 2, in the midst of the Great Depression, her family moved to the Los Angeles area, where her show business career began at the age of 8 with a role in the radio program “Empire Builders”.

White’s first dream was to become a forester, but at that time women were not allowed to have that job. (The US Forest Service appointed her honorary forester at the age of 88.)

So she decided to become a writer instead and starred in a play at the Horace Mann Elementary School in Beverly Hills. Her first television appearance came three months after she graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1939, White said in a 1994 interview with the Archive of American Television.

In 1995, White was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame.

Despite a successful entertainment career spanning more than 90 years, White became equally famous for his tireless efforts on behalf of animals.

She served as a board member of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association and administrator of the Morris Animal Foundation since the 1970s, according to Bloomberg.

White was married three times, but said her third husband, Allen Ludden, was the love of her life. The couple was married from 1963 until Luden’s death in 1981.

White died less than 3 weeks after his 100th birthday.


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