America Loses Its Golden Girl


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Betty White 1988 Emmy Awards

Paulina Prechtel, Reporter

Golden Girls sensation Betty White passed away on December 31, 2021, after 99 years of blessing our world with her happy spirit.

Holding the 2014 Guinness World Record for ‘Longest TV Career for an Entertainer (female),” Betty White captivated the minds of many through the eight decades of her acting career. While she is known for starring as Rose in Golden Girls, White  actually originally auditioned for the Blanche role, but was cast as Rose because of her experience playing the promiscuous party girl Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Not long before White’s death, while discussing almost reaching her 100th birthday milestone with Entertainment Tonight, she shared some words.

“[I’m] amazed,” White said. “No, seriously, I’m the luckiest broad on two feet to be as healthy as I am and to feel as good as I do!” 

Known as the Queen of Comedy, White was featured in over 120 sitcoms and movies. Some well known ones are Golden Girls, That 70’s show, and Young and Hungry. Throughout her array of roles in all these different shows, White created and maintained friendships that she carried with her forever.

“The world looks different now. She was great at defying expectations.” said her good pal actor Ryan Reynolds. “She managed to grow very old and somehow, not old enough. We’ll miss you, Betty. Now you know the secret.” 

Impacting the lives of many, White will continue to be known across generations as America’s iconic and beloved actress.