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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.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

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.

carol a
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carol a

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.

Anonomys
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Anonomys

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

Sandy
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Sandy

Oh my No…… Rest in peace dear lady.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

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.

JustSaying
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JustSaying

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.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

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… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

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.

Kay
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Kay

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

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

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

Devin Murphy
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Devin Murphy

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

Satan
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Satan

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)

Steve
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Steve

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.

The other Lis
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The other Lis

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.

Celia
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Celia

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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The Bold and the Beautiful to Dedicate Episode to Betty White On What Would Have Been Her 100th Birthday

Television legend, Betty White, who passed away a few weeks ago at the age of 99, will have the upcoming Monday, January 17th of The Bold and the Beautiful dedicated to her.

What makes the choosing of this date to honor White s so meaningful is that it would have marked Betty’s 100th birthday.

Within her storied career, Betty played Ann Douglas on The Bold and the Beautiful – the mother to Pam and Stephanie.  She made her final appearances on B&B in 2009 when the show killed-off the character.

White, passed away a few weeks ago on New Year’s Eve, and earlier this week it came to light that she suffered a stroke six days before her death.

Pictured in this post are Alley Mills (Pam_, the late Lee Phillip Bell (Co-creator B&B and Y&R), Betty White and Susan Flannery (Ex-Stephanie).

So, what do you think of B&B honoring Betty on what would have been her 100th birthday by dedicating the episode to her? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives, General Hospital, and The Young and the Restless Receive WGA Award Nominations

Nominations were announced Thursday morning for the WGA Awards in the fields of television, new media, news, radio/audio and promotional writing.

In the Daytime Drama category, the writing teams from Days of our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless scored nominations.

Of note: The Bold and the Beautiful chose not to submit themselves for competition this year.  So, it was not a matter of the series not receiving enough votes to be in contention.

The winners will be announced on Sunday, March 20, at the 74th annual Writers Guild Awards.

Here are the full writing teams nominated in the Daytime Drama category below:

General Hospital, Head Writers: Chris Van Etten, Dan O’Connor Associate Head Writer: Anna T. Cascio Writers: Barbara Bloom, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Shannon Peace, David Rupel, Lisa Seidman, Scott Sickles; ABC

The Young and the Restless, Head Writer: Amanda L. Beall Writers: Susan Banks, Jeff Beldner, Sara A. Bibel, Brent Boyd, Susan Dansby, Christopher Dunn, Sara Endsley, Janice Ferri Esser, Marin Gazzaniga, Lynn Martin, Natalie Minardi Slater, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati Writers: Lorraine Broderick, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Jamey Giddens, David Kreizman, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine D. Schock, Elizabeth Snyder; NBC

To view the entire list of nominees click here.

So, who do you hope takes home the prize for the WGA Award for writing in a daytime drama series … DAYS, GH or Y&R? Comment below.

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Guiding Light Favorite Robert Newman is Y&R’s New Ashland Locke

Major casting news! The Young and the Restless has recast the role of Ashland Locke, previously played by Richard Burgi who has exited the CBS daytime drama series.

According to Soap Opera Digest, longtime Guiding Light veteran, Robert Newman (Ex-Josh Lewis) will be taking over the role.

Look for Robert to begin airing next month in February.

Over the weekend, Burgi announced via his Instagram story that he was no longer with top-rated soap opera.

Newman’s daytime career also included time on Santa Barbara and General Hospital.

So, what do you think of Robert Newman as the Genoa City’s new Ashland Locke? Comment below.

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