“She passed peacefully surrounded by her loving family as they celebrated her life listening to music from her favorite movie, The Quiet Man,” her family said in a statement.
Betty White Ludden (born Betty Marion White; January 17, 1922), known professionally as Betty White, was an American actress, animal rights activist, author, comedienne, producer, radio host, singer, and television personality. Regarded as a pioneer of television, White was one of the first women to have control both in front of and behind the camera; and is recognized as the first woman to produce a sitcom, which contributed to her receiving the honorary title as the Mayor of Hollywood in 1955.
She is known for her Emmy Award winning roles as Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1973–77) and Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls (1985–92). The Writers Guild of America has included both sitcoms in its list of the 101 Best Written TV Series Of All Time. A staple guest of many American game shows such as Password, Match Game and The $25,000 Pyramid, White has been dubbed the ‘First Lady of Game Shows’ and became the first woman to receive an Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host in 1983 for the show Just Men!. From 2010 to 2015, she starred as Elka Ostrovsky in the TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland, for which she has won two consecutive Screen Actors Guild Awards, and from 2012 to 2014, she presented the practical-joke show Betty White’s Off Their Rockers. In 2010, she became the oldest person to guest-host Saturday Night Live, a performance which earned her a Primetime Emmy Award.
In a career that has spanned more than 75 years, she received eight Emmy awards, three American Comedy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild awards, and a Grammy. Due to her pioneering efforts in early television and her acting legacy, White received numerous honorary awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award at the American Comedy Awards (1990), the TCA Career Achievement Award (2009), the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award (2010), the Excellence in Comedy Award at the Britannia Awards (2010), Favorite TV Icon at the People’s Choice Awards (2015), and the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Daytime Emmys (2015). She was also inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame in 2008. In 2013, the Guinness World Records recognized White as having the longest television career for a female entertainer.
She will be greatly missed!