Betty White died

December 31, 2021 • 2:53 pm

Betty White was one of those people who seemed immortal, but, alas, it proved not to be. In fact I found out about that she died yesterday in a tweet from God:

The Golden Girl was 99, and it was less than three weeks from her 100th birthday on January 17. The cause of death hasn’t been reported.

A statement from her agent and friend::

“Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever,” Witjas said. “I will miss her terribly and so will the animal world that she loved so much. I don’t think Betty ever feared passing because she always wanted to be with her most beloved husband Allen Ludden. She believed she would be with him again.”

And from CNN:

But starting with her performance as acerbic kitchen diva Sue Ann Nivens on the 1970s sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” — beginning when she was 51 — White developed a knack for portraying the apparently pure-hearted elder, full of Midwestern sincerity, who had a randy inner life. In doing so, she created a new generation of fans, a base that only grew larger as she entered her 90s.

She was the sexually experienced, if otherwise naïve, Rose Nylund on “The Golden Girls.”

White also played a flinty and sometimes violent secretary on “Boston Legal.” She had a guest spot on “The Simpsons,” hosted “Saturday Night Live” — the oldest person ever to do so — and even appeared in a self-mocking ad for Snickers candy bars.

Through it all, she took her success — if not her work — lightly.

“I’m having the time of my life, and the fact that I’m still working — how lucky can you get?” she told the Huffington Post in 2012.

Here’s her Snicker’s commercial:

17 thoughts on “Betty White died

    1. I contemplate how close, but not quite, to 100 in this case (or any age) one can get and be acknowledged to be age 100 (or a given age). Is it a matter of hours or seconds? My grandfather died one day before turning 94 in 2000. We listed his age as 94 in his obituary. Seemed totally reasonable to me. Otherwise, should we have insisted on 93 years, 364 days? (2000 would have had a February 29, an extra day, so it seems he would have been age 94, 93 years plus 365 days, on the mark.)

  1. I am very sorry to learn of Betty White’s death. I remember her most for her role on the “Golden Girls” as the naive Rose, often being unaware of the snide remarks directed at her by the other girls, but always kind and endearing.

  2. Just yesterday, I was checking out the upcoming events at the local cineplex out on the boulevard. (I see almost all of my movies at the non-profit downtown — which I refer to as the “arthouse,” although it shows a mixture of arthouse fare and first-run films on its four screens. But I check out the cineplex, too, since it does simulcasts from the Met and European opera houses and screens the occasional anniversary retrospective of Hollywood classics). I saw that it had a 100th birthday celebration scheduled for Betty White on January 17th.

    I can’t say I was planning to attend, but I always really liked Betty White. I go back with her to the daytime game show “Password,” hosted by her husband Allen Ludden, which I’d watch as a schoolkid on snow days in the winter when school was cancelled. She was always funny. And she had range, too. You ask me, there’d have to be something wrong with anyone who disliked Betty White.

  3. It was my pleasure to work with Betty at many L.A. zoo functions and she was the most natural person you can imagine. She was always exactly like you’d think she’d be…funny, sunny and a little bit naughty. I’ve been thinking just now about how she and Jeff, the head elephant keeper, would walk with GITA…an Asian elephant. She & Betty were buddies and the three of them would walk out in the public area of the zoo (before it opened, of course.) Gita would grab a piece of bamboo and carry it along in her trunk–just rambling like the old friends they were.

    Now you know I have no belief whatsoever in an afterlife…BUT….if I did….Gita would be there, waiting for Betty, so they could have a morning ramble through the trees…on their way to meet Allen Ludden for breakfast!

    (HELL! I’ve made myself cry again.) 🙁

  4. It was my pleasure to work with Betty at many L.A. zoo functions and she was the most natural person you can imagine. She was always exactly like you’d think she’d be…funny, sunny and a little bit naughty. I’ve been thinking just now about how she and the head elephant keeper would walk with GITA…an Asian elephant. She & Betty were buddies and the three of them would walk out in the public area of the zoo (before it opened, of course.) Gita would grab a piece of bamboo and carry it along in her trunk–just rambling like the old friends they were.

    Now you know I have no belief whatsoever in an afterlife…BUT….if I did….Gita would be there, waiting for Betty, so they could have a morning ramble through the trees.

  5. I was having a New Year’s drink with a girl friend & my son texted me that she had died & I started crying at the bar. I loved her. She was so totally cool. I loved her in the MTM show but EVERYTHING she did was fabulous & oh so professional.

  6. I loved Betty White and the Golden Girls. It is still one of my favorite shows to watch, over & over, and I still love them. The last of the Golden Girls is gone, but she was wonderful and I will miss seeing her. I also loved her for her love and care of animals. My heart is crying.

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