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On December 31st, Betty White died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 99 — just weeks away from what would have been her 100th birthday. The outpouring of grief from celebrities and her fans across the globe was immediate, for White touched generations of viewers in her decades-spanning career. (She rightfully earned the title “First Lady of Television” through her work on the early programs Life with Elizabeth, The Betty White Show and Date with the Angels. A constant presence on the pop culture landscape, White was a fixture on game shows and became known for her dedication to animal rights and LGBTQ+ issues. It was in the 1970s that a new rush of popularity for White began thanks to her role as Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Nearly a decade after that program ended, Betty White took on her most popular character — the sweet Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls. Following several guest spots on TV and in film — most notably playing against type as a foul mouthed woman in Lake Placid — White enjoyed a period of success spurred by her continuing popularity and a newfound appreciation for her impressive body of work among viewers too young to experience it the first time around. As a result, she was cast as one of the leads in the popular sitcom Hot in Cleveland and also hosted a 2010 episode of Saturday Night Live following a fan-driven petition to have her do so. She was a living legend, and even though she is now gone, she never really truly will be thanks to the myriad performances that she leaves behind. We encourage you to share your thoughts on all things Betty White below, from your favorite roles of hers to insights on why you think you was so beloved. R.I.P. Betty White and indeed, thank you for being a friend to all.