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Betty White dies at age 99

Betty White obit
Posted at 2:34 PM, Dec 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-31 19:03:53-05

Actress and comedienne Betty White died Friday. She was 99 years old.

White, whose career in entertainment spanned more than eight decades, became to be known as Hollywood's grandmother. Her quick wit, especially in her later years, was beloved by all.

White's longtime agent Jeff Witjas said in a statement to the Associated Press and ABC News that she had a "fantastic life and career."

White gained national prominence by playing Sue Ann Nivens on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" in the 1970s. She is perhaps best known for her work on "Golden Girls," the 1980s sitcom that broke boundaries by providing a starring vehicle for later-aged actresses.

Even into her 90s, White worked regularly. She had a starring role on the sitcom "Hot in Cleveland" until the show ended its run in 2015.

White also lit up movie screens with her memorable roles in the horror spoof “Lake Placid” and the comedy “The Proposal,” alongside actors Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock.
She really gained notoriety when she starred in a Snickers commercial that ran during the Super Bowl in 2010.

Afterward, she co-hosted "Saturday Night Live," for which she won her seventh Emmy award.

White's death comes just days before her 100th birthday, which would have occurred on Jan. 17.

Tribute from her famous friends began rolling in after news broke of her passing.

"Our national treasure, Betty White, has passed just before her 100th birthday," "Star Trek" star George Takei tweeted. "Our Sue Ann Nivens, our beloved Rose Nylund, has joined the heavens to delight the stars with her inimitable style, humor, and charm. A great loss to us all. We shall miss her dearly."

"Tonight we will raise MANY glasses to the WONDERFUL legacy of Betty White!!!" Bravo's Andy Cohen said on Twitter.

"Betty White: I is very hard to absorb you are not here anymore.." "Happy Days" actor Henry Winkler said. "But the memories of your deLIGHT are ..Thank you for your humor, your warmth, and your activism .. Rest now and say Hi to Bill."

"A spirit of goodness and hope," journalist Dan Rather tweeted. "Betty White was much beloved because of who she was, and how she embraced a life well-lived. Her smile. Her sense of humor. Her basic decency. Our world would be better if more followed her example. It is diminished with her passing."

Cleveland organizations react to White's death

White was a fan-favorite in Cleveland. Several organizations posted on social media following her death.

The Cleveland Browns tweeted a photo of her wearing a shirt with the team's name.

And the Cleveland Guardians posted an older photo of White from her youth.

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo posted a photo of White on Facebook from back when she visited the giraffe exhibit.

One thing is clear, White touched the hearts of many both in Cleveland and around the world.