Well I can’t celebrate a birthday without having some bad news drop on my lap! As I was enjoying my 44th birthday I get the news that beloved actress, and one of the greatest golden gal of Hollywood Better White has passed on at age 99. This really is sad as I have loved her work for decades, and she’s always been so upbeat about life, and even in the late stages of her life anytime she spoke to the media, and or gave any sort of interview she always was such a bright and just soft spoken lovely lady.
This is so sad but the beloved actress was set to celebrate her centennial birthday 100 on January 17 White, who was born in 1922, would have turned 100 on January 17. A new coffee table book celebrating White’s life and career was recently published as she neared the century milestone.
The book by a veteran entertainment journalist details White’s journey in Hollywood, including hosting an early variety-talk show. Carol Burnett and Candice Bergen are among those interviewed for the book, written by Ray Richmond and titled “Betty White: 100 Remarkable Moments in an Extraordinary Life.” Her witty style gave life to a roster of quirky characters over more than a half-century.
They included the oddball Rose Nylund in “The Golden Girls” and the outspoken caretaker on “Hot In Cleveland.” She also drew laughs in the 2009 comedy “The Proposal” and the horror spoof “Lake Placid.” White once said her character Sue Ann Nivens in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” could be “icky-sweet” but was “really a piranha type.” That role brought her two Emmys. A nationwide theatrical event of “Betty White: 100 Years Young — A Birthday Celebration,” was scheduled for Jan. 17, which would have been her 100th birthday.
The one-day-only movie event is set to highlight moments the actress had during her career with appearances by Ryan Reynolds, Tina Fey, Robert Redford, and Morgan Freeman. It’s not clear whether those event plans have changed following White’s death.