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TMZ: Legendary actress Betty White dies at 99

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Posted at 1:18 PM, Dec 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-31 16:40:32-05

TULSA, Okla. — Sad news to end 2021.

TMZ is reporting legendary comedic actress Betty White died just days before her 100th birthday. White, an Emmy award-winning actress, starred on "Golden Girls" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."

White was beloved by generations with a career that started in radio and transitioned to television and film. In her career, she won 5 Primetime Emmys and a Daytime Emmy.

Born in Oak Park Illinois in 1922, White started her career hosting and guesting on radio shows before transitioning to televised game shows, her first show "Life with Elizabeth" in 1955. She garnered acclaim and attention playing Sue Ann Niven on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and later starred as Rose Nylund on "The Golden Girls."

She became known to another generation of fans starring as irreverant characters in films like "Lake Placid" and "The Proposal." She is also the oldest person to host "Saturday Night Live."

White's upcoming 100th birthday was being planned as a live stream celebration to raise money for White's favorite causes: animal charities.

A cover story on People magazine features an interview about the event with White, she tweeted about it just days ago.

In a statement to People, White's longtime agent said White knew she'd be reunited with her beloved husband.

"Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever. 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."

Friends and fans started sharing tributes to the legendary actress.

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