Betty White is dead: Ryan Reynolds, Katie Griffin and others share memories of the showbiz icon

Twitter fired up anecdotes from Betty White’s incredible 80-year career after the cultural icon died on New Years Eve, shortly before her 100th birthday.

On New Year’s Eve, the world has lost a loyal friend.

Comedy legend Betty White died on December 31st just weeks before her 100th birthday.

Innovative Golden girls and The Mary Tyler Moore Show The star has shone for 80 years in business, becoming a cultural icon in her 80s and 90s.

LAPD spokesman Mike Lopez said New york post that officers answered a radio call on Friday at around 9:30 am regarding a “natural death investigation” at the home of a 99-year-old in Brentwood, California.

Later, her agent and close friend Jeff Witjas confirmed the news. People magazine.

White has been set to premiere a one-day event to celebrate her landmark birthday. Betty White: 100 Years of Youth – Birthday Celebration was to be distributed by Fathom Events and shown in 900 theaters nationwide on January 17, 2022.

And, of course, we all knew the truth – but did she realize that she was a real icon of pop culture?

“My selfish answer is of course I am the center of the storm!” White once said. mail with a laugh. “It’s a joke. I’m just grateful to be working and it starts from the very beginning. When you start, you are so grateful that you have a job … and you pervade that feeling throughout your career. At least I have.

Heartbroken fans and stars, including President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, paid tribute to her long life and eclectic social media career.

Mr. Biden shared his thoughts during Friday’s press conference. “It’s a shame. She was a lovely lady. Flotus added,” Who didn’t love Betty White? We’re so sad. “

And after gentle jokes with White just a day before her passing, actor Ryan Reynolds shared his remorse for his colleague and friend.

Naturally, her comedy friends had some select memories of the deceased icon.

Her Hot in Cleveland Co-star Valerie Bertinelli shared darker condolences.

White’s advocacy efforts were also noted in a flashback.

Anthony Allen Ramos, Head of Human Resources at GLAAD, shared that “Betty White was an icon in the entertainment industry and a true friend of the LGBTQ community.”

“Her character is Rose on Golden girls was instrumental in bringing mainstream attention to LGBT issues on television, namely the episode that raised HIV awareness in 1990, ”he said. “Throughout the rest of her career, White has used her platform to advocate for many issues affecting the LGBTQ community, including marriage equality and support for queer youth at risk.

White was a frequent visitor to the GLAAD Media Awards and one of our most vivid memories of her was when she spoke out in support of marriage equality at the 24th annual GLAAD Media Awards in 2013, stating, “I just I want to say to all condemning people: if two lovers want to get married, let them get married! “”

Will and Grace Actress Debra Messing was also among the many shocked celebrities who took to Twitter to share their thoughts and memories.

Betty White. Oh, noooo, – wrote Messing. “I grew up watching and admiring her. She was playful, bold and smart. We all knew that this day would come, but it does not remove the feeling of loss. Indeed, a national treasure. Fly with the angels. “

Actor Henry Winkler tweeted: “Betty White: [It] it is very difficult to understand that you are no longer here. But the memories of your REPUBLIC remain. Thank you for the humor, warmth and activity. Now take a rest and say hello to Bill. “

Netflix’s Jarett Wieselman added: “Betty White has been an icon, a legend, and has constantly found a way to become the present moment throughout her nearly 70-year career.

“Pioneer. Original. And a really kind soul. May she be forever surrounded by four-legged animals in heaven. “

One ardent fan wrote: “Leaving Betty White hurts. May our Golden Girl rest in eternal peace. “

“Taking Betty White two weeks before she turns 100 is actually 2021 – that will stab us and then turn it around to end the year,” another user said with heartbreak.

Actress and Oscar winner Marley Matlin added, “Betty White will go down in the history books as timeless. 99 or 100, the numbers disprove the fact that she’s had the best life EVER! Rest in peace, Betty White. “

Comedian Katie Griffin shared an anecdote from her time working together in the 90s in a series of tribute tweets.

“1) Betty White. Where do I begin? I’ve known her for a long time, but I think I first met her when she was a guest star on the show. Suddenly Susan in the late 90s. Everyone was very excited about her participation in the show. I accidentally parked in her parking space that day.

“She walks in, screaming from behind the stage for everyone to hear:“ Where is that red-haired bitch who stole my parking space ??? »FUNNING. This is how friendship was born. “

George Takei said: “Our national treasure, Betty White, did not last long before her 100th birthday. Our Sue Ann Nivens, our beloved Rose Neelund, came down from heaven to delight the stars with her unique style, humor and charm. A great loss for all of us. We will miss her very much.

This article originally appeared on New york post and was reproduced with permission

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