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Betty White’s death affects many around world


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Betty White admires her cake during her 90th birthday celebration in 2012.

A woman known for charm, comedy and roles on popular television shows such as “The Golden Girls” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” Betty White was a very important woman within pop culture ever since she starred on “Life with Elizabeth” back in the early 50s. Although she first came into the spotlight in the late 30s, this show embarked her on her journey as an actress. People loved her for her bright demeanor and her wit. Betty was known for her comedic roles on many sitcoms. She made America smile and laugh with her, all while being a good person. 

While known for being a comedic genius and a well-loved woman, she was also known heavily for her impressive age. When White starred on Saturday Night Live, she joked about her old age, stating, “At my age if you want to connect with old friends you need a Ouija Board.” Betty White died on Dec. 31, 2021, just three weeks before her 100th birthday. 

White’s most iconic roles on popular television sitcoms such as the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Golden Girls” won the hearts of many. Her character on the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” was more unapologetically “raunchy,” while she was more laid back on “The Golden Girls.” Tackling real world issues within both shows, White and the other actors and actresses made the show seem fun and nonchalant. Mimicking the life of older women within America made this show great and let the target audience easily relate to it. However, “The Golden Girls” specifically reached the younger audience. Generation Z started to fall in love with White. 

Despite her age, White was truly young at heart. Gen Z truly fell in love with her due to her personality and morals. White was a true advocate for equal rights and stayed true to these morals. One of her famous quotes being, “I don’t know how people can get so anti-something. Mind your own business, take care of your affairs, and don’t worry about other people so much.” 

However, White did not have to adjust these beliefs, she always thought this way. In her variety show “The Betty White Show,” White was the first producer to hire a female director. She also invited Arthur Duncan onto the show to tap dance. Many people did not enjoy Duncan being on the show due to the fact that he was a black man. White simply told the media, “Live with it.” Shortly after, her show was shut down, however, the impact still held. Duncan personally thanked White for kick-starting his career into true fame. She was also a known ally for people within the LGBTQ+ community. “I don’t care who anybody sleeps with. If a couple has been together all that time – and there are gay relationships that are more solid than some heterosexual ones – I think it’s fine if they want to get married,” White said. 

Betty White will not only be known as an amazing actress, host, comedian and author. She will also be recognized as being a genuinely good person. She has, and always will, touch people’s hearts through the T.V. screen.