Betty White Through The Years: Celebrate The Late ‘Golden Girls’ Icon’s 100th Birthday

Betty White would have celebrated her 100th birthday on January 17. In honor of her legendary life and career, take a look back at photos of the 'Golden Girls' star through the years

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A legend remembered. Betty White would have turned 100 on Jan. 17, 2022. While we can’t party with her, we can definitely celebrate her life! In memory of the late star, who passed away Dec. 31, 2021, let’s a look at photos of the beloved actress throughout her impressive career, which spanned over seven decades.

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Betty White poses for a gorgeous portrait in 1965, when she was 43 years old (AP Images)

Betty’s career started off with a bang in the 1950s when she landed the starring role in the sitcom Life with Elizabeth. Full of charisma, Betty played the titular housewife in the comedy about a married couple that frequently broke the fourth wall. A classic of its time! She was a sought-after actress, starring in projects such as Date with the Angels, but it wasn’t until landing the role of Sue Ann Nivens in The Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1973 that she became a household name.

From there, her star power only grew stronger. The sweet brunette had a fiercely funny streak that landed her The Betty White Show in 1977 after departing Mary Tyler Moore, and, of course, Golden Girls in 1985. Rose Nylund in Golden Girls is arguably Betty’s most iconic role to date — and she still teased the possibility of returning to the role up until her passing.

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Betty White gives a speech onstage at the 2018 Emmy Awards (AP Images)

Going out on a high note, the legend passed away on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 2021, after suffering a stroke. It was just 17 days before her big 100th birthday. In her final tweet, the star looked foward to celebrating 100, as she wrote, “My 100th birthday… I cannot believe it is coming up and People Magazine is celebrating with me!”

Celebrate what would have been comedy legend Betty White’s 100th birthday with these fabulous photos, from The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Hot in Cleveland, and beyond. Scroll through our gallery for many memories of the screen icon.

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