Betty White: Golden Girl

Nitya Chadha, Alumni Editor

On December 31, 2021, The Golden Girl Betty White died peacefully in her sleep. An iconic actress and memorable performer, White had a career spanning over 50 years. She was born on January 17th, 1922, in Illinois, later moving to Los Angeles with her family during the Great Depression. Betty began her impressive career as a singer on the radio and gradually moved on to acting on television. Best known for her role in an Emmy Award-winning sitcom Golden Girls, White shined in every television role she received. In fact, she was nominated for several Emmys, ultimately winning the “Outstanding Supporting Actress” and “Outstanding Lead Actress” awards. Adding to her line of achievements, White won a Teen Choice Award, a Grammy, and even a TCA lifetime achievement award, exemplifying her incomparable talent. However, White did not just make an impact in the professional sphere. Her positive outlook on life and witty sense of humor made her a source of admiration for many of her friends and family. She often said, “It’s your outlook on life that counts. If you take yourself lightly and don’t take yourself too seriously, pretty soon you can find the humor in our everyday lives. And sometimes it can be a lifesaver.”  Exemplifying her whimsical nature, White exclaimed, “Since I am turning 99, I can stay up as late as I want without asking permission.” Thus, whether it be through her movies or her incredible outlook on life, White will forever be a beloved icon through the history of American cinema.