white: Betty White, TV’s Golden Girl, dies days before 100th b’day – Times of India


NEW YORK: Betty White, who created two of the most memorable characters in sitcom history, the nymphomaniacal Sue Ann Nivens on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and the sweet but dim Rose Nylund on “The Golden Girls” — and who capped her long career with a comeback that included a triumphant appearance as the host of “Saturday Night Live” at the age of 88 — died on Friday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 99. Her death, less than three weeks before her 100th birthday, was confirmed by Jeff Witjas, her longtime friend and agent.
White won five Primetime Emmys and one competitive Daytime Emmy — as well as a lifetime achievement Daytime Emmy in 2015 — in a TV career that spanned eight decades, and that the 2014 edition of “Guinness World Records” certified as the longest for a female entertainer. But her breakthrough came relatively late in life, with her work on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” from 1973 to 1977, for which she won two of her Emmys. As Sue Ann, the host of a household-hints show on the TV station where Moore’s character worked, the bedimpled White was annoyingly positive, but also manipulative and bawdy — the sexpot next door, who would have you believe she slept with entire army brigades during WW2.
She won another Emmy in 1986 for a different kind of character: the naive, scatterbrained Rose on “The Golden Girls”.
White won her final Emmy in 2010 as outstanding guest actress in a comedy series for hosting the Mother’s Day episode of “SNL.” She followed that appearance with a regular role on another sitcom, “Hot in Cleveland,” and then with a book contract and her own reality show. She was bigger than she had been in decades. But she didn’t see her resurgence as a comeback. “I’ve been working steady for 63 years,” she told ABC News in 2010. “But everybody says, ‘Oh, it’s such a renaissance.’ Maybe I went away and didn’t know it.”
White broke into TV in 1949 on a local talk show. She had a few shows of her own in the 1950s, including a variety show (which she produced and on which she drew both praise and criticism for featuring a black tap dancer, Arthur Duncan, as a regular, an unusual move for the time).
Off-screen, White tirelessly raised money for animal causes, hosting a TV show and writing books on animal love, which she said stemmed from her family taking care of as many as 15 dogs at a time during the Great Depression.





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