On Friday, December 31st, America’s sweetheart Betty White passed away at the age of 99. She was loved by many and an amazing actress, her death spread fast in the media through all platforms. She was most known for her role in the show Golden Girls and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. These sitcoms were chosen in the list of 101 Best Written TV Series of All Time which shows a lot about her character and the kind of actress she was. Her career lasted over seven decades, that’s quite inspiring!
Betty Marion White Ludden was born on January 17, 1922, in Oak Park, Illinois. She grew up as the only child of Horace and Tess White, an electrical engineer, and a homemaker. When she was 2, she moved to Los Angeles with her family which is when all the magic started. White began her television career in the late 1930s. She starred on Life with Elizabeth in the 1950s and maintained her popularity as a TV personality through appearances on talk shows, game shows, and variety shows.
Then came The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the 1970s and the following decade with the start of The Golden Girls. Then in her 90s, Betty joined the cast of Hot in Cleveland in 2010 which is the same year she became the oldest host of Saturday Night Live!
We asked OHS students if they could say any words about Betty White. Grace O said, “Betty White was such an amazing, positive role model. I always saw her as someone who was kind towards every person she worked with.” Another student Erin M said, “I’ll miss seeing her be an advocate for the older generation.” Student Gia M said, “I adored her confidence and obviously loved her on Golden Girls. She was a positive role model and icon for young women.” Betty will be deeply missed by many!