Legendary Actress Betty White Dies Aged 99

Iconic actress Betty White has passed away, less than three weeks before celebrating her 100th birthday.

Betty White made the world laugh starring on popular sitcoms such as “The Golden Girls” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” and she won two Emmys for her work on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” playing Sue Ann Nivens.

ABC News confirms that White was actually planning to celebrate her 100th birthday with a star-studded event featuring several celebrities including Ryan Reynolds, Tina Fey, Robert Redford, Clint Eastwood, and Morgan Freeman.

Considered as a pioneer of early television and known as the First Lady of Television, with an amazing career spanning eight decades, White was among the first women to exert control in front of and behind the camera and even the first woman to produce a sitcom (Life with Elizabeth).

White became a recurring panelist of various American game shows such as Password, Match Game, Tattletales, To Tell the Truth, The Hollywood Squares, and The $25,000 Pyramid. She also became the first woman to receive the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host for the show Just Men! Her most popular roles include playing Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1973–1977), Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls (1985–1992), and Elka Ostrovsky on the TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland (2010–2015).

White received eight Emmy Awards in various categories in the span of her career, three American Comedy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and a Grammy Award. She also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, she’s a 1985 Television Hall of Fame inductee and she even earned a Guinness World Record in 2018 for working longer in television than anyone else in that medium.

ABC News confirms that A film honouring White will still be released on her birthday as planned, and it will be shown in more than 900 theatres across the US from January 17.

 

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