Legendary Hollywood star Betty White, whose up-for-anything charm made her a television
mainstay for over six decades, died on December 31, 2021, at the age of 99, bringing her ebullient
life to a conclusion.

Confirming her death, White’s agent Jeff Witjas had told PEOPLE, “Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would
live forever. I will miss her terribly and so will the animal world that she
loved so much. I don’t think Betty ever feared passing because she always
wanted to be with her most beloved husband Allen Ludden. She believed she would
be with him again.”

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Today, January 17, marks what would’ve been Betty White’s 100th birthday. On this occasion, here are a few things you may not have known about the legendary actor. 

1. White, who died just weeks before her 100th birthday, which would have taken place on January 17, rose
to fame for her roles on ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ and ‘Golden Girls‘. She also produced the sitcom ‘Life With
Elizabeth’ which earned White her first Emmy.

2. The TV icon had a deep love for animals. In an interview with PEOPLE in 1999, she said had “26 dogs” at the point.

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3. White is also an honorary United States Forest Ranger. At the age of 88, she accepted the honorary designation at a ceremony held by the US Forest Service.

4. The ‘Golden Girls’ star holds the Guinness Book of World Record title for Longest TV Career for an Entertainer (Female), which she was awarded in 2014. 

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5. In 2014, White became the oldest person to earn an Emmy nomination. At the age of 92, she earned the nod for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program for the senior citizen-centric prank show ‘Betty White’s Off Their Rockers.’