In Memoriam: Betty White

Betty White, American actress and comedian passed away on December 31, 2021, at the age of 99.

Regarded as a pioneer of television, she was one of the first women to have control both in front of and behind the camera, and is recognized as the first woman to produce a sitcom. She is known for her Emmy Award-winning roles as Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls, and Elka Ostrovsky on Hot in Cleveland. In a career that spanned more than 75 years, she received eight Emmy awards in various categories (five Primetime and three Daytime), three American Comedy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild awards, and a Grammy. She also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Betty White was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1995. Source:

“Betty White is one of the few people who walks into the room and you know her,” Carl Reiner said on the 2018 PBS special Betty White: First Lady of Television. “You’ve known her all your life. She’s one of those people that are always welcome on any show she’s on.” Betty White had one of the longest careers in television history, breaking barriers as the first woman to navigate the medium. “I think the reason for the longevity is that several generations have gotten to know me over the years, so I’ve become sort of part of the family,” she told Larry King in 2010.

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