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Betty White, Multi-Emmy Winner, Sitcom Star, and B&B Alum, Dies at 99

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Just heartbreaking news to end 2021.  The beloved Betty White has passed away at the age of 99, just weeks before what would have been her 100th birthday.

White, died Friday morning peacefully at her home, according to TMZ and a statement from her longtime agent, Jeff Witjas.  He also shared: “Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever. I will miss her terribly and so will the animal world that she loved so much. I don’t think Betty ever feared passing because she always wanted to be with her most beloved husband Allen Ludden. She believed she would be with him again.”

Betty was best-known for her roles on The Golden Girls as Rose Nyland and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, where she played the happy homemaker Sue Ann Nivens. With Betty’s passing all of the cast members of The Mary Tyler Moore Show are gone.

More recently in her career, Betty appeared on the sitcom Hot in Cleveland for a five-year run as Elka Ostrovsky, and hosted and executive-produced Betty White’s Off Their Rockers. 

Betty won five Primetime Emmy Awards: two for ‘Mary Tyler Moore,’ one for “Golden Girls” and one for her 1975 ‘SNL’ appearance.  She was also honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Daytime Emmys in 2015.

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In 2006, she came to the The Bold and the Beautiful and played Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery) and Pam Douglas’ (Alley Mills) mother, Ann.  She played the role in appearances through 2009, when Ann died in emotional scenes featuring Flannery, Mills and White.

Betty was widely-known for her being an animal activist.

Share your thoughts and remembrances of Betty White in the comment section below.  But first, watch some moments from her performances as Sue Ann Nivens, and then Ann’s death on The Bold and the Beautiful ,and her being honored at the Daytime Emmys.

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So sad for the rest of us who so enjoyed her in life. I hope her husband Allen had his hand out waiting to bring Betty with him.

Betty’s win for SNL was for 2010 (Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series) when she hosted the show. As the oldest SNL host ever (at 88), she was also one of the best hosts (in my opinion). Of course, I loved her other work as well.

When I found out about this I felt so sad inside.SHe was a great lady.May you rest in peace Betty.You will be missed.

Also, all of The “Golden Girls” are gone. Not just the MTMS cast…

Oh my No…… Rest in peace dear lady.

A truly sad day for me but one in which I’m also profoundly grateful. Grateful for the many great memories of mirth, pathos, and inspiration that BETTY WHITE gave to all of us. I grew up with (and still watch) THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW and, later, THE GOLDEN GIRLS — the only sitcoms I have the entire series of. Betty was an underrated dramatic actress as well as a brilliant comedienne. And she had those rare qualities that today’s fly-by-night stars don’t possess: humility and gratitude. She will be missed by millions.

I thought this was fake news, but it seems not.
When you’re 99.99999 years old, you might as well be 100.

Peace be with you.

I am heartbroken at the loss of Betty White. My first memories of her are on Life with Elizabeth back in the 50s. I was a small child at the time and thought she was hilarious. I followed her through her various daytime talk shows and animal shows, Password, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls and Hot in Cleveland. I so loved her many visits to The Carol Burnett Show to play Eunice’s snooty sister, Ellen. She was always glorious in whatever she did.

Thank you Betty White for sharing your beautiful soul with us for all these years. You are finally reunited with your beloved Allen. May you rest in peace.

I felt so sad hearing the news but if there was any suffering, glad that you are now at peace. Iam not really sure if there is a here after but if there is, Iam sure Alan was waiting for you. Dear Betty, you gave millions of us so much joy and happiness and ” thank you for being a friend” to us all.

Lovely career to bad she was a hateful liberal you call my friend a bitch in the view abs you do not even know her! Ugh

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If you call Betty White a hateful liberal, I bet you are a hateful CONTROL FREAK.

Betty was essentially in every sense of the words, One of a kind. She felt like a family member, a Best Friend, a teacher, a doting wife and beloved animal whisperer. She was every single piece of jewels and so much more that made up a national treasure, one that we should all cherish each and every day, and one we can all learn from. She will forever be missed, and She will forever be Loved. #RIPBettyWhite

Betty White is NOT in Hell… but we would have loved to have her here. With air conditioning, of course!

How many people in the acting business can say that they were on two hit shows and outlived the entire casts of both of them (MTM & Golden Girls)

I once briefly met Betty walking by her table at a charity event. I said “God Bless You, Betty White” to which she quickly replied “why, I didn’t sneeze”.

Betty won a daytime Emmy for hosting “Just Men” in the early 80s. Check out the clip on YouTube.

Before Ed Asner died earlier last year he poignantly noted that he and Betty were the only ones left from the old Mary Tyler Moore gang and he would be joining the others soon. It so striking Mrs. White died on the last day of 2021. They are all together now.

Love you, Betty—-you will always be alive in my heart—your goodness, altruiism and sincere love for others, will be forever remembered. I will continue to enjoy your presence by watching reruns of your sitcoms, Match Game and Password. May your sweet repose be peaceful. ❤️

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EXCLUSIVE: Jacob Young, Joan Collins and Nadia Bjorlin to Prague to Film ‘Murder Between Friends’

On Thursday night during the Michael Fairman Channel’s livestream interview centering around Jason Cook’s (ex-Shawn, DAYS and ex-Matt, GH) latest movie Four For Fun which stars Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-JR, AMC, ex-Rick, B&B and ex-Lucky, GH), revealed another upcoming film project with some very familiar faces.

Jacob Young shared an exclusive that he is set to direct, produce and star in a Agatha Christie-like murder mystery feature film aptly tiled Murder Between Friends.

Speaking on the upcoming project, Jacob said, “I’m flying at the end of the March to Prague to direct, produce and star in a film with Joan Collins (ex-Dynasty). Nadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe, Days of our Lives) is in it, and Toby Alexander Smith from Eastenders (ex-Gray Atkins). Plus, a couple of my Broadway friends and a very well known Czech actress (Hana Vagnerova).”

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According to Jacob, the production start date is April 1st. He added on the premise of the film, “It’s very Agatha Christie sort of ‘Knives Out’ without having a hundred million dollars to shoot it, but still will be a lovely film nonetheless.” Young said the plan is to finish all principal photography by April 17th.

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IMDb has more on the film. It shared that former All My Children star Trent Garrett (ex-Asher Pike) is listed as co-directing the feature. Mark Rozzano is listed as writer of Murder Between Friends.

So, what do you think about this upcoming feature from Jacob that will feature Joan Collins, Nadia Bjorlin et al? Share your thoughts in the comment section. 

Then below, check out the full livestream conversation with Jason Cook, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young on ‘Four For Fun’ and their notable soap roles.

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The Young and the Restless Renewed for Four More Years at CBS

Congratulations are in order to the cast, crew, creatives and fans of CBS’ The Young and the Restless. On Wednesday, the top-rated daytime drama was renewed by the network for four more years.

The renewal will bring Y&R through the 2027-2028 television season, and brings the series through its 55th season. The Young and the Restless has continued to remain the #1 daytime drama for over 36 years and is CBS’ longest-running series.

In a statement, Amy Reisenbach, president of CBS Entertainment shared, “The Young and the Restless has been a staple of daytime television for over 50 years, and it is with great pleasure that we will continue that legacy at CBS,The talented cast and writers deliver compelling performances and stories on a daily basis and have provided iconic moments that have kept the show on top of the ratings and thrilled generations of fans for over five decades. We look forward to seeing what new creative twists and turns they have planned for the folks of Genoa City.”

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According to CBS, Y&R is averaging 3.50 million viewers this season. The series is also the #1 daytime program among African American viewers. Full episodes of the series are streaming on Paramount+ and CBS TVE.  The soap opera airs weekdays at 12:30-1:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m.-12:30 p..m. PT.

Y&R notables are also celebrating anniversaries in 2024 including series icons: Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) for 45 years this month, and Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) for 44 years. In April, the show will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Nikki and Victor’s wedding, which aired in April 1984 and was one of the highest-rated episodes in the history of the show.

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Other notable cast anniversaries in 2024 include: Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott) at 35 years and Joshua Morrow (Nicholas Newman), Sharon Case (Sharon Newman) and Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Summers) all at 30 years.

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The Young and the Restless debuted on March 23, 1973 and the show celebrated its 50th anniversary season in 2023. Y&R was co-created by the late William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell. At present, Josh Griffith currently serves as the series executive producer and head writer.

Share your thoughts on the news that Y&R had been given a four-year renewal by CBS and will continue on with the lives of the people you love in Genoa City through its 55th season via the comment section below.

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Kimberlin Brown ‘Killed-Off’ as Sheila Carter on The Bold and the Beautiful in Shocking Twist

The Monday, February 26th episode of CBS daytime’s The Bold and the Beautiful brought with it the apparent end to one of the all-time villains of soap opera.

In story, Steffy Forrester (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) was being stalked by Sheila (Kimberlin Brown) in the dark. Eventually, Steffy stabs Sheila in the heart with a knife and she apparently dies.

Speaking with TV Insider, Brown admitted that it is extremely hard to leave a now iconic role she made soap-famous since 1990 on first The Young and the Restless and then The Bold and the Beautiful.

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Kimberlin expressed: “It’s a tough place for me to be in right now; I’m not going to lie about this. I guess if anyone were going to take Sheila down, I’m happy it’s Steffy. I just wish that no one was taking Sheila down.”  Three time Daytime Emmy-winner, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood expressed: “It’s bittersweet because I absolutely love working with Kimberlin; she is just the consummate professional.”

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However, the stabbing is vindication for Steffy as Wood related, “This is her moment. How long has it taken Steffy to take her down and it’s finally happening, so it’s going to be a big shock.”

As to her B&B death scene and to her future plans, Brown revealed, “Laying there on that floor when the paramedics pronounce the time of death, my eyes were closed and you’re holding your breath so it doesn’t look like you’re breathing. It was just like, ‘Wow, OK, I guess we’ll have to see what might come next for me.’”

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If this holds up and Sheila is “dead” dead, it will open up the story and trouble in the marriage of Finn (Tanner Novlan) and Steffy, because ultimately, Steffy killed her husband’s biological mother.

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This is leading many to believe this move will bring Steffy back together with Liam (Scott Clifton) while Finn and Hope (Annika Noelle) draw closer. Is that part of the reason for Sheila’s death? Stay tuned.

What do you think about The Bold and the Beautiful killing-off Sheila Carter and Steffy to be the one who put an end to her life? Comment below.

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