Betty White, the beloved fixture on TV shows and movies such as “The Golden Girls,” “Boston Legal,” and “Hot in Cleveland,” died on Friday, leaving a nation in mourning. The legendary actress and comedian was just weeks away from her 100th birthday on Jan. 17. Betty White was honored by Guinness World Records as the longest television career by a female entertainer. White, who was married twice before, was reluctant to marry again even after meeting the love of her life, Allen Ludden.
“I came to the point of regretting that year that I wasted saying ‘no.’ I would have given anything to have it back,” she said of her love affair with Ludden, according to CNN. White and Ludden were married for 18 years until Ludden’s death from cancer in 1981. White never remarried after that.
Tributes poured in on Twitter, including one from Barack Obama’s White House photographer Pete Souza that includes a photo of White with the former President.
She made us laugh. Thank you Betty White. RIP. pic.twitter.com/d6XeLrlnm1
— Pete Souza (@PeteSouza) December 31, 2021
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Dr. Dre, Easy E, Betty White. pic.twitter.com/VKZc0YuRAy
— Dean Lopata 🤨 (@DLoIndustries) December 31, 2021
Betty White brought a smile to the lips of generations of Americans. She’s a cultural icon who will be sorely missed. Jill and I are thinking of her family and all those who loved her this New Year’s Eve.
— President Biden (@POTUS) December 31, 2021
Set up a little memorial for Betty at the Hot in Cleveland house. You were truly a beautiful rose in all of our lives. #BettyWhite #HotInCleveland #GoldenGirls #BirthdayGirlGetsTheRose #RIPBettyWhite pic.twitter.com/KUUmwL8xBo
— Betty White Diamonds (@HoJoLego) December 31, 2021
— Pej Vahdat (@pejvahdat) December 31, 2021
— Kathy Reichs (@KathyReichs) December 31, 2021
I believe in my heart that when it comes to the Great Accounting, Betty White earned enough extra points to qualify as a centenarian so she called it a day and went home early. pic.twitter.com/fWdpT3mnLW
— Hart Hanson (@HartHanson) December 31, 2021
We are huge fans of the Golden Girls here at the Political Tribune. My colleague, Andrea, gave our publisher and me t-shirts for Christmas with the actors’ faces from the Golden Girls emblazoned across them with ‘The Squad” written underneath. Thank you for being a friend.