(CNN Español) — The actress Betty WhiteA television and film icon we will remember for productions such as “The Golden Girls,” “Boston Legal” and “Hot in Cleveland,” died Friday, his agent and close friend Jeff Witjas told People magazine in a statement. .
At 99, he was just weeks away from celebrating his centennial on January 17.
“Even though Betty was about to turn 100, I thought she would live forever,” Witjas said. “I will miss her very much and so will the animal world that she loved so much. I think Betty never feared dying because she always wanted to be with her beloved husband Allen Ludden. She believed that she would be with him again.”
CNN has contacted Witjas for comment.
During the first half of her career, which came to be recognized by Guinness World Records as the longest television career of a woman, White was a regular, if not very noticeable, presence on radio and television.
There were comedies from the 1950s, a talk show in 1954, and even a role in the 1962 film “Advise and Consent.” From time to time she appeared on game shows, especially on “Password,” hosted by her third husband, Allen Ludden.
“It was a bit out of place, a bit anti-female, being … you shouldn’t be funny,” White recalled in a 2017 interview with CNN, reminiscing about her early days in Hollywood. Then he recalled that in those days women were expected to just “come along and be pretty.”
But from her portrayal of the scathing kitchen diva Sue Ann Nivens on the 1970s sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” which began when she was 51 years old, White developed a knack for portraying the seemingly old woman at heart. pure and full of sincerity from the Midwest who had an unbridled inner life. In doing so, he created a new generation of fans, a base that only increased as he entered his 90s.
It was the sexually experienced, albeit naive, Rose Nylund in “The Golden Girls.”
White also played a scathing and sometimes violent secretary on “Boston Legal.” She had a guest spot on “The Simpsons,” hosted “Saturday Night Live” – the oldest person to do so – and even appeared in a Snickers ad.
Regardless, he took his success, though not his work, lightly.
“I’m going through the best time of my life, and the fact that I’m still working … how lucky can you be?” He told the Huffington Post in 2012.
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Betty White, TV and film icon, dies at 99