Betty White Dead at 99, Just Days Short of Turning 100

Emmy-winning TV star  Betty White, known for her roles in “The Golden Girls” and “Hot in Cleveland,” has died age 99 in her home in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Police Department reportedly found White dead at her home in 500 block of N. Carmelina Ave. in Los Angeles at 9:30 a.m. Friday morning and believed that she died Thursday night.

“Betty died peacefully in her sleep at her home early this morning. Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever,”  said her agent and close friend Jeff Witjas.

Witjas was referring to White’s upcoming birthday on January 17 and said that White had not been ill or had caught COVID-19.

“My 100th birthday… I cannot believe it is coming up, and People Magazine is celebrating with me! The new issue of @people is available on newsstands nationwide tomorrow,” said White last December 29. 

White was born Betty Marion White in Oak Park, Illinois, on January 17, 1922, and grew up in Los Angeles where she finished her education at Beverly Hills Unified School District in Beverly Hills and Beverly Hills High School.

White started her entertainment career after being on a guest call on Empire Builders, a radio program in 1930 when she was eight years old then sang songs from The Merry Widow television show after graduating high school before eventually modeling and performing at the Bliss Hayden Little Theatre. 

In 1949, she started hosting The Betty White Show and co-hosted with Al Jarvis on his daily live television variety show Hollywood on Television.

White later starred in her own show Life With Elizabeth in 1952 where she was one of the very few women that had creative control in Hollywood. 

Since then, White has gone on to guest in various game shows and starred in numerous TV shows as America’s great-grandma and was noted for her role in the seven-season long NBC’s “The Golden Girls.”

White has been nominated three times for the Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series in 2011, 2012, and 2013. and won the first two times. 

Throughout White’s career, she was nominated for 21 Primetime Emmys, with five total wins including the 2015 Daytime Emmy for Lifetime Achievement and a Los Angeles Emmy Award.

White has also been given the  Humane Award, named “Ambassador to the Animals,” and became an honorary forest ranger, her lifelong dream. 

White has been married three times throughout her life but has never had kids of her own. 

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