Betty White, star of The Golden Girls and Hot in Cleveland, Dies at 99
Betty White, star of the famous show ‘The Golden Girls’ has died at the age of 99 today. Her agent and close friend Jeff Witjas said in a statement, "Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever. 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.”
Betty was gearing up to celebrate her 100th birthday n January 17th. She was excited about turning 100 and had told PEOPLE magazine, "I'm so lucky to be in such good health and feel so good at this age.”
She was born in Oakland, Illinois, in 1922. White began her career in 1939 singing an abridged version of Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow on an experimental television transmission.
White appeared in the very first television broadcast, dancing in an experimental broadcast, and in the 1940s was tapped as “girl Friday” on a local Los Angeles talk show “Hollywood on Television”, which aired for five-and-a-half hours each day, six days a week.
She received multiple Emmy nominations throughout her career. She was also a vocal animal-rights advocate. White was also the author of several books, including If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t)