Remembering Betty White

Article by Rubi Melo

Graphic by Rubi Melo

On December 31, 2021, just weeks before her 100th birthday, American actress and comedian Betty White passed away. Betty White had a long and memorable career which spanned over 80 years. She is best known for her roles in The Golden Girls, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Life With Elizabeth, which she produced, becoming the first woman in Hollywood to do so in 1950. 

White is known for her comedic roles and is probably recognized most by younger people for her role in the sitcom, The Golden Girls, which lasted seven seasons. In the show she played Rose, a bubbly character who tended to be somewhat of an air-head, but always had the best jokes. 

White was never one to take herself too seriously; she went all the way for comedy. In 2010, at 88 years old, Betty White hosted SNL for the first time. She played a part in one of the show’s ongoing series of sketches, “The Californians”, in which the cast uses valley girl accents and dramatic plot twists to make fun of Californians, specifically people who live in LA. White had a very memorable role in this sketch; she played great aunt Lana, who had a fling with the pool boy, played by Bradley Cooper. The most entertaining part is when White and Cooper share a hilarious, shocking kiss which caused an uproar of hollering and laughter from the live audience. 

White accomplished a lot in her long life, and she paved the way for other female comedians and producers. In 2014, she was awarded the title of Longest Tv Career for an Entertainer; at that time she had been in the industry for over 70 years, she has also written six books and was one of the first women in Hollywood to not only work in front of the camera, but also behind it. 

No doubt Betty White will be missed and remembered for a long time. In fact, her hometown, Oak Park, Illinois, made her birthday a special holiday, so that she will be celebrated each year on January 17th.

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