‘Golden Girls’ Star Betty White Dies on New Year’s Eve

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White was the last living star of the beloved show. The comedy legend would’ve turned 100 on Jan. 17, 2022.

Betty White, the beloved actress and comedic legend, passed away on New Year’s Eve, two weeks before her birthday. 

White, 99, would’ve hit the century mark on Jan. 17, 2022. 

White was a trailblazer and pioneer on television dating back to 1939.  

White’s most famous, Rose Nylund in The Golden Girls, aired from 1985 to 1992. The Golden Girls superstar had a treasure chest of comedic and life-altering lines. A favorite of many is, “My mother used to say: the older you get, the better you get. Unless you’re a banana.” 

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The love of White blossomed with age and her work will remain ageless. She stood up for Black people during a time where doing so could’ve altered her career. 

Rose was a favorite of many in The Golden Girls, which led to a viral tweet and video of The Golden Girls’ theme song. 

White first started out in radio in the 1940s before venturing over to television in numerous roles and co-hosting shows. 

The more her personality shined, the more White was able to captivate her audience with stomach-churning laughs, flair and passion. 

She has 115 acting credits and won five Primetime Emmy Awards. Two came from her role in Mary Tyler Moore, one for Golden Girls and another for her Saturday Night Live appearance in 1975. She also won Screen Actors Guild Awards, American Comedy Awards and a Grammy in 2012. 

White was also nominated for multiple Golden Globes and received several Lifetime Achievement Awards.

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