As if 2021 wasn’t bad enough, with just hours left on the clock, it took away a beloved national treasure who needs no introduction, Betty White.
Just two weeks before her 100th birthday, Jan. 17, White passed away at the age of 99. The legendary actress was best known for her roles in the iconic shows “Golden Girls” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” She also starred in popular movies like “The Proposal,” which gave the world this famous and hilarious clip featuring White “bullying” Ryan Reynolds behind the scenes.
White, born in 1922 in Oak Park, Illinois, broke the Guinness World Record for the longest TV career for a female entertainer in 2013. She first broke out into the TV scene in 1949 on the live variety show “Hollywood on Television.”
White was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1995. She also snagged 23 Emmy nominations and six wins during her long and legendary career that spanned eight decades. In 2012, White even set the record for the oldest Emmy nominee at 90 for outstanding host for a reality or reality-competition program for her show “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers.”
Outside of acting, White also served in the American Women’s Voluntary Services during WWII. She supported several charitable and philanthropic causes throughout her life, including a long history of animal rights advocacy with the Morris Animal Foundation.
Shortly after her passing, many stars took to Twitter to express their condolences, including Ryan Reynolds:
The Army also tweeted about White’s passing:
Fellow Saturday Night Live alum Seth Meyers took to Twitter to share a very “Betty White-esque” story about the legendary actress. Shortly after joining the cast of “Hot in Cleveland,” White became the oldest person to host SNL in 2010, at the age of 88:
And Viola Davis paid homage to White’s legacy, which Davis said will “inspire generations” to come:
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