Betty White has passed away at 99. The beloved member of the Golden Girls cast and so many other memorable hits has died just weeks before a milestone 100th birthday. The comedy legend meant the world to millions of fans who are expressing their shock and sadness.
The world lost a true friend on New Year’s Eve. Betty was often called America’s Grandma for her roles as such in movies like The Proposal. However, Betty did not enjoy a role like that in her real life.
Despite being married three times, Betty hasn’t had her own children. During her lifetime, husbands included Dick Barker, Lane Allen and Allen Ludden. She was very open throughout the course of her life about not wanting to have kids.
Given her outspoken nature, Betty did not turn away when she was asked why she didn’t have children. During a 2012 interview with CBS, Betty White explained why she chose not to be a mom and if she ever regretted the decision.
No, I’ve never regretted it. I’m so compulsive about stuff, I know if I had ever gotten pregnant, of course, that would have been my whole focus. But I didn’t choose to have children because I’m focused on my career. And I just don’t think as compulsive as I am, that I could manage both.
Betty White decided to focus on her silver screen career, starring in numerous TV shows and movies, including The Golden Girls, Saturday Night Live, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Bringing Down the House. She did become stepmother to three children from a previous marriage with Allen Ludden. White’s costar in the 2009 romcom The Proposal, Sandra Bullock, recalled that White felt “blessed” to be a stepmom.
Having over 120 acting credits to her name, Betty enjoyed a long life full of prestige, laughs and Hollywood glamor. Her career spanned eight decades but Betty White remained timeless. Betty White’s legacy and memory will certainly be celebrated forever. We are deeply saddened by this loss. RIP Betty White.
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