Betty White Dies at the age of 99

 Betty White, the actor whose warmth and deadpan comic delivery earned her an eight-decade career and the title of America's most trusted celebrity, has died at the age of 99.

She was 99 years old and would have been 100 on January 17.

Her representative confirmed White's death.

Guinness World Records certified White as having the longest-running career of any female television performer, and she began her start in entertainment in 1939 on a television show, dancing in her high school graduation gown. White, on the other hand, endeared herself to generations with a succession of iconic parts, notably on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (1973-1977), "The Golden Girls" (1985-1992), and "Hot in Cleveland" (1993). (2010-2015).

As GIFs of Golden Girls one-liners swept over the internet via social media, and White's star seemed to grow even higher in the closing years of her ninth decade, she talked to People magazine ahead of her centennial and revealed her secret to longevity: "I try to stay away from anything green," she joked. "I'd say it's working."

White began her career in television as an assistant, but she worked her way up to become one of the industry's first female producers in 1952 with her sitcom "Life With Elizabeth," which she co-created with George Tibbles.

White is best remembered for her fast one-liners as the foolish yet endearing Rose Nylund on "The Golden Girls," which ran on NBC from 1985 to 1992. White co-starred with Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty, all of whom were younger than her but who she outlived.

White received eight Emmys (including prime-time and daytime honors) and a Grammy Award for best spoken word album for "If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won't)." She was also given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, adjacent to Ludden's.

White remained current throughout her long and illustrious career by doing what she does best: never passing up an opportunity to deliver a nice punchline.

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