I was contemplating on whether or not I should write an article on remembering Betty White, considering like many others, I think that I’m in the same place, as many others, and what she has meant to me, and has brought into my life. From watching her when she had joined the cast of The Mary Tyler Moore Show (I’ve seen the series at least a couple of times), where her Mary Tyler Moore family made an appearance in an episode, with Mary Tyler Moore, having made another appearance in an episode in the beginning of the second season, making it two episodes where she had guest starred; to having watched The Golden Girls, more so, last year, upon millions and millions who had streamed the series when it was on Prime Video, for a limited time, to watching Hot in Cleveland. Oh, did I mention that I’d watch those classic game shows with my mom, when I was very young, like Match Game, Password, where Betty had met and reunited with her husband, Allen Ludden.
Before I continue, I have to say, with the few episodes that I had seen of I Love Lucy, I like classic movies and T.V., particularly with my mom who would re-watch shows, like Betwitched when I was a kid amongst others, as well as my uncle, she’d watch whatever episode of the series was airing, therefore, I had watched it, too. Next to Lucille Ball, as the Queen of Television, and a comedic genius, I’d say that Betty White is right beside Lucille Ball in this regard.
“Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever,” her agent and close friend Jeff Witjas told PEOPLE in a statement on Friday. “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.”
Witjas adds, “Betty died peacefully in her sleep at her home early this morning.”
White was gearing up to celebrate her 100th birthday on Jan. 17. Ahead of her centennial year, in a cover story, White opened up to PEOPLE about how she was feeling about turning 100 years old.
“I’m so lucky to be in such good health and feel so good at this age,” said the veteran actress. “It’s amazing.”
According to White, being “born a cockeyed optimist” was the key to her upbeat nature. “I got it from my mom, and that never changed,” she said. “I always find the positive.”
A video of Betty White and Joan Rivers roasting each other during an interview in 1983, had gone viral after Betty White’s passing.
When I think of Betty White, not only do I think of the comedic lady that she was, but also that she was a classy, lovely lady, that I had come into my home that brought me laughter, as she had done to many others. There isn’t many like Betty White (or a Lucille Ball). She is (both are) one of a kind.
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