Greek American Betty White, Would have been 100 today

iconic actress betty white has sadly passed away at age 99

BETTY White is an actress and comedian who famously starred in Golden Girls.

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On December 31, 2021, it was reported that White had passed away just 18 days shy of her 100th birthday, will be remembered by NBC in the one-hour special Celebrating Betty White: America's Golden Girl." It is slated for Monday, January 31 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.

"Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever," her agent and close friend Jeff Witjas told PEOPLE at the time. "I will miss her terribly and so will the animal world that she loved so much. I don't think Betty ever feared passing because she always wanted to be with her most beloved husband Allen Ludden. She believed she would be with him again."

In the piece celebrating her 100th birthday, White was asked for the key to her longevity, to which she replied, "I try to avoid anything green. I think it's working."

Betty White

American actress and comedian who is of ¼ Greek descent, Betty White was born on January 17, 1922, in Oak Park, Illinois.

She is the only child of Christine Tess Cachikis and Horace Logan White.

Betty, a pioneer in the television industry decided to become an actress during her High School years. She was the first woman to produce her own TV sitcom and has gone on to win 7 Emmy Awards during her long TV career.

The actress has made countless appearances in films and on television, but is memorably famous for playing Rose Nylund in ‘The Golden Girls’, Sue Ann Nevins on ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ and her most recent character Elka Ostrovsky on ‘Hot in Cleveland’.

Betty’s other honours in the industry include receiving 3 Screen Actors Guild awards, 3 American Comedy Awards, a Grammy, and having a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 1995 she was also inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. Not to mention as of 2013, she holds the Guinness World Records for the longest television career for a female entertainer.

Sadly, White was the last surviving member of the MTM and The Golden Girls casts.