PHOTOS: TV pioneer Betty White, 99

Betty White, a television pioneer and Emmy-winning actress whose long career, often in comedic roles, resumed in the late 1980s, has passed away.

White, who was the last surviving star of “The Golden Girls” on television, died overnight in Brentwood, her friend and agent Jeff Witjas told the Washington Post. She was 99 years old.

For decades, White was best known for the characters she played in a pair of longtime television series – accomplice “Happy Housewife” Sue Ann Nivens on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in the 1970s and Daffy Rose Nylund in “The Golden Girls” in the 1980s and early 1990s. She received Emmy Awards for both roles.

Betty White, Gavin MacLeod, Ed Asner, Georgia Engel, Ted Knight et Mary Tyler Moore dans « The Mary Tyler Moore Show ».

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The actors of the "Spectacle de Mary Tyler Moore" pose with their Emmys on May 18, 1976.

The cast of the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” pose with their Emmys backstage at the awards show on May 18, 1976. Left to right, Ed Asner, Betty White, Mary Tyler Moore and Ted Knight.

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Allen Ludden and Betty White were married for 18 years before dying of cancer at age 63 in 1981. She never remarried.

Allen Ludden and Betty White were married for 18 years before dying of cancer at age 63 in 1981. She never remarried.

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Actress Betty White sits in a canvas chair with her name on it, looking over her shoulder.

American actress Betty White sits on a canvas chair, with her name written on the back, in a backyard garden in 1956.

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Betty White, shown March 22, 1954.

Actor Betty White is shown on March 22, 1954.

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Betty White sits on TV for her special "Betty White at home."

Betty White sits on television for her special “Betty White at Home”, which aired on May 6, 1957.

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From left to right, Betty White, Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin at the 70th Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater.

Alec Baldwin kisses Betty White’s hand, left, as Kate McKinnon, center, looks on stage during the 70th Annual Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles.

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Betty White, right, on "Saturday Night Live" in 2010 with Ana Gasteyer, left, and Molly Shannon.

Betty White, right, appears in a skit on “Saturday Night Live” in 2010 with Ana Gasteyer, left, and Molly Shannon.

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Actress Betty White poses next to a self-made wax figure at Madame Tussauds in Hollywood.

Actress Betty White poses next to a self-made wax figure during an unveiling at Madame Tussauds in Hollywood on June 4, 2012.

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Betty White, left, accepts Sandra Bullock's Life Achievement Award at the 16th Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Betty White, left, accepts Sandra Bullock’s Life Achievement Award at the 16th Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 23, 2010 in Los Angeles.

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"Golden girls" actors: Rue McClanahan, Estelle., Bea Arthur and Betty White

Cast of “The Golden Girls”: Rue McClanahan, left to right, Estelle., Bea Arthur and Betty White.

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Betty White in a scene from the NBC comedy "Off their rockers."

Betty White in a scene from the NBC comedy “Off Their Rockers”, which aired for two years.

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Zooey Deschanel and Betty White at the Emmy Awards at Nokia Theater LA Live on September 18, 2011.

Zooey Deschanel, left, and Betty White at the Emmy Awards at Nokia Theater LA Live on September 18, 2011 in Los Angeles.

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From left to right, Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves, Valerie Bertinelli and Betty White accept an award.

Wendie Malick, left to right, Jane Leeves, Valerie Bertinelli and Betty White accept an Audience Award for Favorite Cable TV Comedy for “Hot in Cleveland” on January 11, 2012 in Los Angeles.

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Actress Betty White arrives at the premiere of "You again" at the El Capitan theater.

Actress Betty White arrives at the Touchstone Pictures ‘You Again’ premiere at the El Capitan Theater on September 22, 2010 in Los Angeles.

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Former actors of the "Spectacle de Mary Tyler Moore" are gathered.

Former cast members of the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” reunite for the Ninth Museum of Television and Radio Television Festival in Los Angeles on March 21, 1992. Left to right, Gavin MacLeod, Valerie Harper, Cloris Leachman, Betty White and Ed Asner.

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Actress Betty White performs onstage at 39th AFI Life Achievement Award

Actress Betty White performs onstage at a ceremony honoring Morgan Freeman as the recipient of the 39th AFI Life Achievement Award at Sony Pictures Studios on June 9, 2011 in Culver City.

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Betty White poses with a Life Achievement Award in the press room.

Betty White poses with the Life Achievement Award in the press room during the 16th Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on January 23, 2010 in Los Angeles.

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Betty White, left, and Ellen DeGeneres attend the 41st People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theater LA Live.

Actress Betty White, left, and Ellen DeGeneres attend the 41st People’s Choice Awards at Nokia Theater LA Live on January 7, 2015 in Los Angeles.

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Ellen DeGeneres, left, and Betty White speak on stage at the 41st People's Choice Awards at the Nokia Theater.

Ellen DeGeneres, left, and Betty White speak on stage at the 41st Annual People’s Choice Awards at Nokia Theater LA Live on January 7, 2015 in Los Angeles.

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Betty White posing with a parrot at the 44th Beastly Ball at the Los Angeles Zoo.

Betty White attends the 44th Beastly Ball at the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Assn. at the Los Angeles Zoo on June 14, 2014.

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Left to right: Wendie Malick, Valerie Bertinelli, Betty White and Jane Leeves take a selfie.

Wendie Malick, left to right, Valerie Bertinelli, Betty White and Jane Leeves take a selfie on March 27, 2015 in Studio City. TV Land dedicated a plaque in honor of their sitcom “Hot In Cleveland” on Stage 19 of the CBS Studio Center.

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PHOTOS: TV pioneer Betty White, 99