Actor Betty White proved the rare concept that the older a performer got, the more fans they earned and the sharper their sense of humor became, leaving fans devastated to learn that she passed away today at the age of 99. Getting her start as a radio personality back in the ’40s before jumping over to television as a frequent host and game-show personality, White was earning acclaim when her career was in its relative infancy. In the ’70s, White earned multiple Emmy Awards for her role on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, while her performance in The Golden Girls would arguably be the defining performance of her career.
“Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever,” her agent and close friend Jeff Witjas shared with PEOPLE. “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.”
Scroll down to see fans sharing their love for the late actor.
Assistant Ryan Reynolds
This clip of Betty White with Ryan Reynolds lives rent free in my head. pic.twitter.com/82SpPWH3Nq
— Ahmed Ali (@MrAhmednurAli) December 31, 2021
“Live With It.”
Let us not forget that in 1954 Betty White’s show was canceled shortly after receiving backlash for her refusal to cancel Black tap dancer, Arthur Duncan. She extended his airtime instead, and responded to racists with “I’m sorry. Live with it.” pic.twitter.com/Fi6pFqSdXx
— Pen Griffey Jr. (@britttbanks) December 31, 2021
“Incredible Person, Life, and Career”
RIP Betty White. ? What an incredible person, life & career. May we all live as fully as she did.
Because I’ve been binge-watching “Mary Tyler Moore,” I’ll mostly remember her as Sue Ann Nivens. She was perfectly cast. pic.twitter.com/BT12iTSVA6
— Momma DCI Lou Who ? (aka Ann) (@MommaDCI) December 31, 2021
Betty White transcended generation. She was an entertainer well-known and respected and loved by everyone, regardless of age. That, alone, is a remarkable achievement for someone whose life spanned eighteen presidential administrations.
— Charlotte Clymer ??? (@cmclymer) December 31, 2021
Hilarious News Anchor
One of my favorite moments from The Mary Tyler Moore Show is when Sue Ann (Betty White) gets the chance to deliver rather horrible the news but can’t help but use her fake homemaker persona. pic.twitter.com/8PuRkka1AL
— I Want My NTV (@NtiAning) December 31, 2021
“Kindness and Consideration”
“Kindness and consideration of somebody besides yourself keeps you feeling young”
~ Betty Whitepic.twitter.com/ZXP4R8FYyO
— Jon Erlichman (@JonErlichman) December 31, 2021
— Erika (@erikabromley) December 31, 2021
RIP Betty White ? pic.twitter.com/Vd06CLuvGB
— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) December 31, 2021
One of the Funniest
RIP to one of the funniest people ever, Betty White. pic.twitter.com/LkHTkdJQmp
— Ryan Schocket (@RyanSchocket) December 31, 2021
Icon and Legend
Betty White was an icon, a legend, and consistently found a way to be the moment over her nearly 70 year career.
A trailblazer. An original. And a truly kind soul. May she be forever surrounded by four-legged animals in heaven. pic.twitter.com/agiNKiSY7O
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) December 31, 2021