It’s a tragic December 31st for a great American television actress. American icon Betty White has passed away, just weeks before her 100th birthday …
According to the US site TMZ, Betty White died at her home today.
Betty White has had the longest female career in television and has appeared in several series over the past 8 decades, starting in 1939.
She is also famous for her lead role as Rose Nylund in “The Golden Girls”, which aired from 1985 to 1992.
In 1954, she hosted and produced her own daily talk / variety show, The Betty White Show, on NBC (her second show to feature that title). Like her sitcom, she had creative control over the series and was able to hire a director.
The show faced criticism because of the participation of Arthur Duncan, an African-American artist, as a regular member of the cast.
Criticism continued to follow when NBC expanded the show nationwide. Local southern stations have threatened to boycott unless Duncan is removed from the series.
In response, White said, “I’m sorry. Live with it.” and gave Duncan more airtime4,5. Initially an audience success, the show changed slots several times and suffered a decline in viewership.
At the end of the year, NBC quietly canceled the series.
She gets her first major role in the television series The Mary Tyler Moore Show6 where she plays Sue Ann Nivens, from 1973 to 1977.
She then continued in many TV series, such as Snavely, With This Ring, or Eunice, before finding her most outstanding role. From 1985 to 1992, she played the very lunar and naive Rose Nylund in the series Les Craquantes (The Golden Girls). To this day, she was the only survivor of the series’ quartet of actresses. (Wikipedia)