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Betty White: 1922-2021

Betty White: 1922-2021

September 1954. "Actress Betty White rehearsing and performing on her local Los Angeles daytime television show." Look magazine photo archive. View full size.

        Betty White, who created two of the most memorable characters in sitcom history -- the nymphomaniacal Sue Ann Nivens on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and the sweet but dim Rose Nylund on “The Golden Girls” -- died on Friday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 99.

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You will be missed --

For all the smiles, laughter through the years, for your devotion to all animals; we thank you and will miss you. You are with your beloved Allen - shine, bright star, shine.

America's Sweetheart

What an awesome and beautiful lady!
Betty, thank you for the entertainment and many laughs you gave us.
Thank you for your love of dogs and animals.
Thank you for just being Betty White.
You are an American legend.
RIP dear sweet lady.

The Lady was a class act.

I once saw Betty White on a talk show (years ago when on-air language was strictly enforced) and she was asked how she and Allen Ludden met. This was before he died. She told the story of how they met and dated then added how he asked her several times to marry him. She went on with that she just wasn't interested in getting married, having been married twice before, neither of which lasted very long. She ended with "Well, Allen just kept asking and asking so I finally said Yes. I figured that was the only way to stop the S.O.B. from bothering me."

Betty White was the master of the setup.

Thanks for the memories ...

... and Rest In Peace, dear Betty.

The end of more than one era

'The Golden Girls', 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show': all gone now. (Four MTM stars died in 2021: Ed Asner, Cloris Leachman, Gavin MacLeod, and now Betty White.)

A couple of years before she joined MTM, Betty White and her husband Allen Ludden appeared on 'The Odd Couple' with Tony Randall and Jack Klugman as contestants on Ludden's show 'Password'.

January 17

was going to be a big celebration for her. Many stars involved, including Robert Redford, whom she claimed to have a massive crush on.

One more day —

and it would have been 1922-2022. We'll miss you, queen of television.

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