On December 31, 2021, we were all saddened by the death of Betty White. She was only a few weeks away from her 100th birthday, which she would have celebrated today. She was a national treasure and hilarious in everything she was in.

So in honor of today, Betty White’s birthday, I implore you to make a donation in her name to the humane society nearest to you. Adopt a pet if you can, or donate your time as a volunteer. She was a supporter of animals and wouldn’t take a role if she couldn’t bring her dogs.

Betty was born in Oak Park, Illinois and was married three times, her last husband was Allen Ludden, and they were married for 18 years before his death in 1981. She did not marry again, and she had no children.

I remember her as Rose Nylund, the ditzy Minnesota native that moved to Miami after her husband died and started almost all of her stories with, “Back in St. Olaf…”, on the Golden Girls.

Her Hollywood career started in 1945, and she was often in TV movies and other sitcoms. Some of her well-known roles include; Sue Ann Nivens on the Mary Tyler Moore Show, Ellen Harper Jackson in Mama’s Family, and Elka Ostrovsky in Hot in Cleveland.

Regardless of what she was in, nobody could compare to Betty White. May she rest in peace and know that even at 99 years old, she was taken too soon.

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