Actress Betty White, in a career spanning over more than seven decades, made the US television lively with popular sitcoms ‘The Golden Girls’ and ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’. However, her fans woke up to the unfortunate news of her sad demise.
The 99-year-old actress was known as the first lady of television and breathed her last on December 31, 2021.
The pioneering Emmy-winning comedienne enjoyed one of the longest careers in showbiz history: she began regularly appearing on television in 1949 and had a voice role in "Toy Story 4" in 2019.
"Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever," her agent Jeff Witjas told People magazine in a statement.
"I will miss her terribly."
A TMZ report, quoted a law enforcement source saying White died at her home on Friday, and the cause of her demise was not immediately revealed.
The news sparked an outpouring of tributes, with President Joe Biden tweeting, "Betty White brought a smile to the lips of generations of Americans. She's a cultural icon who will be sorely missed."
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which hands out the Oscars, said White was "a legend, trailblazer and cultural icon who blessed generations with her talent and humour. She will be truly missed."
White was one of the first woman producers on the 1950s sitcom "Life With Elizabeth," in which she also starred. Later, as a nonagenarian, she interacted with much younger fans on Instagram.
"It's incredible that I'm still in this business -- and you are still putting up with me!" White said at the 2018 Emmys.
In all, she won five primetime Emmys, two daytime awards including one for lifetime achievement, and a regional Emmy in Los Angeles. White, whose signature halo of white-blonde hair and clear blue eyes were instantly recognisable, adopted a variety of on-screen personas.
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