Television’s eternal Golden Girl, Betty White, has passed away. Her age was officially announced as 99.
“Even though Betty was set to turn 100, I felt she would live forever.” “As will I, and the animal kingdom she cherished so deeply. My guess is that Betty never worried about dying so long as she could spend eternity with her dearest spouse, Allen Ludden. She had high hopes of reuniting with him.”
“Betty Died Quietly in her Sleep at her House Early this Morning.”
The seasoned actress recently expressed her gratitude for the gift of good health, saying, “I’m so happy to be in such good health and feel so well at this age.” “That’s incredible.”
That she was “born a cockeyed optimist,” as White puts it, explains her perpetual good mood. I inherited it from my mother, and it hasn’t altered throughout the years,” she remarked. Positive thinking comes naturally to me.
“If I can help it, I steer clear of green things. That’s the impression I get.”
She always liked the idea of being outside and writing, but after playing the lead in the play she had written for her final year of high school, she realised that she really preferred acting.
She dropped out of college to pursue a career in radio acting, but not before marrying twice. She first wed WWII pilot Dick Barker in 1945 (the marriage lasted barely a few months when he took her home to an Ohio poultry farm).
After her marriage ended in 1949, she began working with an L.A. disc jockey named Al Jarvis in local TV, which led to her debut sitcom, the widely broadcast Life with Elizabeth. While the show itself was a series of domestic comedies starring White’s daffy Elizabeth and Del Moore’s irritated husband Alvin, the show won White her first Emmy despite its cheap budget and modest sets.
After completing high school in the 1940s, White launched her entertainment career. Her career in media began in radio, where she eventually hosted The Betty White Show. In 1949, she began co-hosting Al Jarvis’s daily Los Angeles variety show Hollywood on Television alongside him.
When Jarvis left in 1952, White took over as host and presided over five and a half hours of live, improvised television six days a week for a full year. After being nominated for the first time as a television actress in 1951, she won the award the following year. The new awards event was the first to have a category and award particularly for women working in television.
I’m Talking About the Golden Girls, of Course.
Afterward, White’s work schedule only picked up speed, culminating in her role as the endearing Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls (1985–1992). Rose Nylund of St. Olaf, Minnesota, was Charlie Nylund’s former wife.