Betty White dies just before her 100th birthday

Betty White (Photo courtesy of Angela George via wikimedia commons)

Betty White, the award-winning, television pioneer died at the age of 99. The actress was just weeks shy of her 100th birthday.

White first appeared on screen in 1939 in a career that lasted more than 60 years.

Some of her best-known roles include Life with Elizabeth, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Golden Girls, and Hot in Cleveland.

The actress won multiple Primetime and Daytime Emmy Awards and several American Comedy Awards throughout her career. She was also inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1995.

White led the way for women in the entertainment industry. In the 50s, with her show Life with Elizabeth, she became one of the few women in television with full creative control in front of and behind the camera, as co-producer and star.

In 1954, White hosted and produced her own daily talk/variety show, The Betty White Show, which enabled her to hire a female director.

She faced criticism for featuring an African American performer on the show, but stood by him despite the threat of boycotts of the show.

White was married twice in her lifetime. She never remarried after her second husband, Allen Ludden died from stomach cancer in 1981.

White was an animal lover and advocate. She worked with many animal organizations, including the Los Angeles Zoo Commission, The Morris Animal Foundation, African Wildlife Foundation, and Actors & Others for Animals.

The cause of White’s death hasn’t been revealed.