Betty White Passes Away at 99

By Kiani Shabazz

Beloved actress, comedian, and cultural icon Betty White has passed away just weeks before her milestone birthday in her Los Angeles home just before 9:30 AM on Friday. She was 99. 

The television star had the longest-running career for any woman in TV prior to her death, starring in multiple shows over the past 8 decades, starting her career back in 1939. 

Betty is perhaps most famous for her lead role as Rose Nylund in The Golden Girls which ran from 1985 to 1992. She'd been in many other big hits throughout her prolific career. 

White’s breakout comedic role came in 1973 when she played Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which ran until 1977, and then she got her starring role in The Betty White Show.

With 115 acting credits to her name, White had roles in productions like "Life with Elizabeth," "Date with the Angels," "The Love Boat," "Mama's Family," "The Golden Palace," "Ladies Man," "That '70s Show," "Higglytown Heroes," "Boston Legal," "The Bold and the Beautiful," "Pound Puppies," "Hot in Cleveland," and many other shows and films.

Betty was 99 and she would have celebrated her 100th birthday on January 17. Rest in Peace to an absolute cultural icon.