Actress Betty White passed away at the age of 99, leaving the entertainment industry in a state of grief. The cultural icon apparently passed away on December 31 at her home, as first reported by TMZ. White made a remarkable impact on the whole entertainment industry with her appearances in “The Golden Girls,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” and “Hot in Cleveland.”
Unfortunately, White’s latter years coincided with the COVID-19 epidemic. The friendly White was reportedly relegated to hiding out in her latter years due to lockdowns, mask regulations, and social exclusion. In reality, White’s agent, Jeff Witjas, told TMZ in May that the number of in-person encounters with White was minimal.
The source reported that she would communicate with others by phone and mail, and she would only sometimes see her closest friends. Aside from a few ducks on her property that would greet her every day, she didn’t have any pets at the time, despite being an animal enthusiast. Betty White’s prolonged solitude raises the question of when exactly she last made a public appearance.
Betty White attended the 2018 Emmy Awards.
Betty White made her final public appearance at the 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards, according to Us Weekly. There, she was presented by Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon to a standing ovation. “Little did I imagine then that I would be here and it’s unbelievable that I’m still in this profession… and you are still putting up with me,” she said during her address.
She went on, “I’m thanking you.” It’s amazing that you can work in one field for this long and still have people tolerate you. I wish my home did that! ” Speaking of home, White spent most of her last years there while the COVID-19 epidemic swept the globe. According to TMZ, she passed the time by engaging in a variety of other hobbies when she wasn’t sending letters or calling her friends and family.
Three days before her unexpected death, on December 28, People claimed that White was enjoying “a tranquil life” in California and kept herself occupied with card games, crossword puzzles, sports (golf was her favorite! ), “Jeopardy!”, and animal documentaries.