Betty White, the legendary star of TV series like The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Golden girls, is dead. White was 99 years old and a few weeks away from his 100th birthday.
According to TMZ, and according to “law enforcement sources,” White “died in her home just before 9:30 am Friday.” White did well until he was 90, including as a regular on the TV Land sitcom. Hot in Cleveland, in which she starred for six seasons from 2010 to 2015. White’s role in the series pilot was meant to be unique, but she proved so popular that she became a full-time part of the cast. .
At the time of his death, White had the longest career of any artist in television history. Born in 1922, she made her debut in radio show business, and even hosted her own radio series, The Betty White Show, for a time in the 1940s. She appeared on television in the late 1940s, co-hosting Hollywood on TV, which made her the first female television talk show host in history. She got her first television sitcom in 1953, titled Life with Elisabeth.
This show only lasted two years, but White became a staple on television for the rest of his life. She hosted a TV version of The Betty White Show, then became a regular at many game shows, like Matching game and Pyramid. In 1973, she made her debut as the ultra-cheerful Sue Ann Nivens in the season 4 premiere of The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
In the mid-1980s, White was cast as one of four lead roles on Golden girls, a beloved sitcom about the lives of four senior women living in Florida. White was first chosen for the lascivious Blanche, while Rue McClanahan was chosen to play the sweet Rose. The two felt that they had previously played similar roles. (White on Mary tyler moore, McClanahan on Maude.) So shortly before the start of filming on the Daddy’s Girls pilot, White and McClanahan swapped roles at the suggestion of director Jay Sandrich. The rest, as they say, was history, like Golden girls ran for seven seasons and episodes from 1980, and even spawned a short-lived spin-off, The Golden Palace.
White made the news recently because she was about to celebrate her 100th birthday on January 17th. She recently appeared on the cover of People magazine, and would commemorate the day with the film’s special premiere, Betty White: 100 years young. It’s sad that she’s gone, but she leaves behind one of the greatest works in television history.