The nation’s sweetheart, Betty White, has tragically passed away aged 99 and the whole world is in mourning.
One man who’s paid his respects is none other than Ryan Reynolds who shared a heartbreaking tribute to the star.
The star was born on January 17, 1922, in Oak Park, Illinois, before moving to LA aged 2.
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It was here where she would eventually work as an assistant at a local TV station.
But it wasn’t until the early 1950s that she’d have her first taste of television…
#WomensHistoryMonth #WomenInComedy Betty White, best known as Sue on Mary Tyler Moore and Rose on The Golden Girls.… https://t.co/RumBgnObAQ
— Queen Bs (@ImprovsQueenBs)
Here, she developed the show, titled Life with Elizabeth with George Tibbles.
The show made White one of the first female producers in Hollywood…
Betty White in the 1950s for The Betty White Show and Life with Elizabeth. https://t.co/DgJd4mcOik
— James Paul (@curiousjamesp)
“He wrote and I produced,” White explained to The Hollywood Reporter. “I was one of the first women producers in Hollywood.”
Life with Elizabeth – 1953 -1955. Betty White won her 1st Emmy for starring in this series. BTW She was also the 1s… https://t.co/7XACKG7bGO
The show’s entire premise came from a sketch White had done previously on local television.
But it wasn’t until The Mary Tyler Moore Show when White’s TV career got the huge boost it needed.
@cattbutt Sue Ann Nivens, The Mary Tyler Moore Show. No argument. https://t.co/Jx3OszC7Le
— J. L. J. Kennedy (@daphneheard)
The actress starred as Sue Ann Nivens, the co-worker to the show’s star, Mary Tyler Moore, in a Minneapolis television newsroom. Sue Ann was known for cracking funny, yet poignant quips at Moore’s expense.
And it seemed her hard work paid off…
Because she won 2 Emmys for her work on the hit series!
And, as the ’80s rolled around, White took on a role that was a sharp contrast from Sue Ann…
The role of sweet Rose Nylund on the popular sitcom The Golden Girls, along with co-stars Rue McClanahan, Bea Arthur, and Estelle Getty.
The show chronicled the lives of 4, elderly, female friends…
And to say it was a smash hit is an understatement.
The series landed among the top-ranked shows during its 7 seasons on air and bagged several coveted awards.
But sadly, in 1992, we waved a reluctant goodbye to the Golden Girls.
White enjoyed a steady television career, until 2010 that is, where, once again her wit saw her launch back into the spotlight.
We all remember that candy bar ad during the 2010 Super Bowl, right?
Well, it quickly became a fan favorite and spurred White on to become the oldest person to ever host Saturday Night Live.
She was reluctant to do the show at first…
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“It was the scariest thing I’ve ever done. It was really funny stuff, but it was a challenge,” she recently revealed to Newsweek.
2010 also saw White return to the series television…
She landed a role on the sitcom Hot in Cleveland, alongside stars Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, and Wendie Malick. At first, she only signed on for the pilot, but she later joined the cast permanently. “It’s just a terrific show. The chemistry between the girls is so great,” she told Newsweek at the time.
Earlier this year, she discussed her secret to a long life…
“A sense of humor,” she said. “Don’t take yourself too seriously. You can lie to others – not that I would – but you cannot lie to yourself.”
She also swore by hot dogs.
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Which she enjoyed while celebrating the big nine-nine with a side of french fries.
She also joked: “I can stay up as late as I want without asking permission!”
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As if we needed another reason to adore her!
But yesterday heartbreaking news emerged.
Betty White passing away hurts. May our Golden Girl rest in eternal peace. pic.twitter.com/wkSJZcZMWA
— THEE Stephanie. (@qsteph) December 31, 2021
Betty White has tragically passed away.
Tributes have been pouring in for Betty since the news of her death first emerged.
— Betty White (@BettyMWhite) December 28, 2021
With many legends from the entertainment industry paying tribute to Betty.
Many are talking about Ryan Reynolds beautiful tribute.
The world looks different now. She was great at defying expectation. She managed to grow very old and somehow, not old enough. We’ll miss you, Betty. Now you know the secret. pic.twitter.com/uevwerjobS
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) December 31, 2021
Taking to Twitter, Reynolds wrote:“The world looks different now. She was great at defying expectation. She managed to grow very old and somehow, not old enough. We’ll miss you, Betty. Now you know the secret.”
Rest in peace Betty.
Betty White: First Lady Of Television — and our hearts. Rest in Peace ❤️ pic.twitter.com/AInUQ80HHn
— Netflix (@netflix) December 31, 2021
The world has lost a true legend.
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