National Treasure dies at 99

Benjamin Eisa, Staff Writer

Betty Marion White, a well-known actress of the 1980s and 1990s, has passed away. She was a few weeks shy of her 100th birthday.

White skyrocketed into the public sphere with her role in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” Then in 1985, White won the hearts of viewers with her iconic role as Rose in the “Golden Girls.” She received an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. White has had different careers in the entertainment industry: actress, host, and producer. White also served as a producer and is viewed as a pioneer of American television. She played a crucial role, both behind and in front of the camera, during the early days of American television.

Yet, fans know White’s legacy goes far beyond the entertainment industry. White was involved in activism and supported many different causes over the course of her lifetime. She was a visible supporter of LGBTQ+ rights, stating, “If two people in love want to get married, let them get married.”

Never afraid to speak her mind, White was an outspoken supporter of animal rights. “You can always tell about somebody by the way they put their hands on an animal.” She passionately advocated environmental conservationism and educated others on the importance of equal access for people who rely on guide dogs.

Alongside her millions of fans, Hollywood celebrities are also mourning White’s death.

You can always tell about somebody by the way they put their hands on an animal.

— Betty White

“The world looks different now. She was great at defying expectation. She managed to grow very old and somehow, not old enough. We’ll miss you, Betty. Now you know the secret,” tweeted Ryan Reynolds, who starred alongside White in the 2009 comedy “The Proposal.”