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When a beloved celebrity passes, the world stops for a moment. When news broke on Dec 31 that America’s cherished grandma Betty White passed away, not only did the world stop, but it wept. White touched everyone in some way, whether it was one of her iconic characters, her humanitarian work with animals, or a hilarious quote you kept close to you. She died at age 99, nearly two weeks from turning 100 — a milestone she desperately wanted to hit.
Everyone in Hollywood seemed to have a fond memory of White, remembering the good times throughout this tragic one. Her dress designers Pol’ Atteu and his husband, Patrik Simpson, recalled their times with her, and how she was on the last legs of her life. They told HollywoodLife, “Betty was the sweetest person… I have celebrated many, many birthdays with Betty and even made her cakes a couple of times. For a long time, Betty and I had a phone conversation every single Wednesday, and we talked for so long…She always asked how I was doing and how my husband was doing.”
He added, “In October, we had contacted her management about doing a gown for her 100th birthday. We were told her health was failing and that a gown would not be needed.”
She lived 99 years of life, yet it still didn’t feel like enough to us. White had an incredible life, both professionally and personally. She experienced true love, accomplished her dreams, fought for human rights, and became a trailblazer for women in the entertainment industry — all while being kind and hilarious through it all.
Her life was an extraordinary one, through and through. In honor of what would’ve been her 101st birthday, check out Betty White’s amazing life and career through photos below.
A version of this post was originally published on Jan 2022.