We're heading into the new year with heavy hearts as we learn of the passing of comedian, actress, and cultural icon Betty White. Her sudden passing now has the world looking back at her impressive life and career. So, let's take a trip down memory lane and revisit her unforgettable time in Hollywood…
On December 31, 2021, the 99-year-old star died in the comfort of her Los Angeles home. Over the decades, White became one of the most prominent figures in the entertainment industry, with her roles ranging from hosting radio shows to starring in blockbuster movies. Her extensive 75-year-long career won the Golden Girls actress a series of awards, including nine Emmy Awards, one Grammy Award, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three American Comedy Awards. She was also a tireless activist, advocating for causes such as animal welfare and LGBTQ rights. Her accomplishments also include a list of publications, including If You Ask Me: (And of Course You Won't), in which she offered a humorous take on life as a celebrity.
No surprise, White's death has left the internet overflowing with love for the woman who brought us joy and laughter over the decades. Even President Joe Biden released a statement in which he called White a "cultural icon who will be sorely missed." Other celebrities who paid tribute include Ryan Reynolds, Dolly Parton, Sandra Bullock, Ellen DeGeneres, Seth Meyers, and Conan O'Brien.
On January 1st, 2022, Saturday Night Live also aired a rerun of a 2010 episode hosted by Betty White, in celebration of the icon and her contributions to their show. SNL’s commemoration of White was met with a wave of appreciation from fans on social media, who reposted their favorite parts from the episode. White had posted on Twitter just three days prior to her death, anticipating her 100th birthday, which would have been on January 17th, 2022. “I cannot believe [my 100th birthday] is coming up and People Magazine is celebrating with me!” her final tweet read.
Here’s to remembering Betty White, First Lady of television, and a true icon of American culture!