Entertainment Icon Betty White Dies Weeks Ahead Of 100th Birthday

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One of America’s favorite actresses and an all-around entertainment icon, Betty White, has died. She was 99.

TMZ broke the news on White, reporting that she passed away early Friday at her home.

“A trailblazer and pioneer in media, Betty had the longest running career for any woman in TV prior to her death — starring in multiple shows over the past 8 decades, starting way back in 1939,” TMZ wrote.

White was born on Jan. 17, 1922 and became most well-known recently for her role as Rose Nylund on “The Golden Girls,” a show that developed a cult following and remains popular in syndication today. It originally aired from 1985-92.

She also had a long and fruitful career as a comedian.

“Betty got her start in radio in the ’40s, making appearances on ‘Blondie,’ ‘The Great Gildersleeve,’ and ‘This is Your FBI,'” TMZ wrote. “She eventually got her own radio program. In 1949, Betty began working on a televised variety show with Al Jarvis called ‘Hollywood on Television’ — which she later co-hosted — before breaking out into more TV roles in the ’50s and beyond.”

White had 115 acting credits to her name in all.

“She has received numerous accolades over the course of her career, including multiple Emmys, Screen Actors Guild Awards, American Comedy Awards and even a Grammy,” TMZ noted. “She’s been nominated for several Golden Globes and has also been honored with lots of Lifetime Achievement Awards and celebrations through several organizations.”

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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