Betty White, a longtime television star who enjoyed a second wave of popularity in her 90s, died only a few weeks away from what would have been her 100th birthday.
White, a television star known for her roles on The Golden Girls and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, died on Friday. Law enforcement said White died at her home Friday morning, according to TMZ.
"Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever," White's agent and close friend, Jeff Witjas, told People on Friday. "I will miss her terribly, and so will the animal world that she loved so much. I don't think Betty ever feared passing because she always wanted to be with her most beloved husband, Allen Ludden. She believed she would be with him again."
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While White has emphasized staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic, Witjas was unwilling to confirm whether White had been vaccinated, saying that was a personal matter.
White had 115 acting credits to her name, including The Golden Girls, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Betty White Show, The Love Boat, That 70's Show, Community, Hot in Cleveland, and several others. The Emmy Award-winning actress was also a staple of game shows in the 1960s and 1970s, making several appearances on Password, What's My Line, Match Game, and Pyramid.
A grassroots campaign of more than 500,000 supporters on Facebook in 2010 led to White becoming the oldest host of Saturday Night Live at age 88.
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White had several awards to her name, including eight Emmys, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her husband, Allen Ludden, died in 1981.