In celebration of what would have Betty White’s 100th birthday, her assistant has shared one of her last photos taken before White’s death.
Alongside the picture, White’s assistant also shared a heartfelt message to fans.
And it has left fans feeling extremely emotional.
Scroll on to see the post…
The star was born on January 17, 1922, in Oak Park, Illinois, before moving to LA aged 2.
It was here where she would eventually work as an assistant at a local TV station.
But it wasn’t until the early 1950s that she’d have her first taste of television…
Here, she developed the show, titled Life with Elizabeth with George Tibbles.
The show made White one of the first female producers in Hollywood…
“He wrote and I produced,” White explained to The Hollywood Reporter. “I was one of the first women producers in Hollywood.”
The show’s entire premise came from a sketch White had done previously on local television.
But it wasn’t until The Mary Tyler Moore Show when White’s TV career got the huge boost it needed.
The actress starred as Sue Ann Nivens, the co-worker to the show’s star, Mary Tyler Moore, in a Minneapolis television newsroom. Sue Ann was known for cracking funny, yet poignant quips at Moore’s expense.
And it seemed her hard work paid off…
Because she won 2 Emmys for her work on the hit series!
And, as the ’80s rolled around, White took on a role that was a sharp contrast from Sue Ann…
The role of sweet Rose Nylund on the popular sitcom The Golden Girls, along with co-stars Rue McClanahan, Bea Arthur, and Estelle Getty.
The show chronicled the lives of 4, elderly, female friends…
And to say it was a smash hit is an understatement. The series landed among the top-ranked shows during its 7 seasons on air and bagged several coveted awards.
But sadly, in 1992, we waved a reluctant goodbye to the Golden Girls.
White enjoyed a steady television career, until 2010 that is, where, once again her wit saw her launch back into the spotlight.
We all remember that candy bar ad during the 2010 Super Bowl, right?
Well, it quickly became a fan favorite and spurred White on to become the oldest person to ever host Saturday Night Live.
She was reluctant to do the show at first…
“It was the scariest thing I’ve ever done. It was really funny stuff, but it was a challenge,” she recently revealed to Newsweek.
2010 also saw White return to the series television…
She landed a role on the sitcom Hot in Cleveland, alongside stars Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, and Wendie Malick. At first, she only signed on for the pilot, but she later joined the cast permanently. “It’s just a terrific show. The chemistry between the girls is so great,” she told Newsweek at the time.
Earlier this year, she discussed her secret to a long life…
“A sense of humor,” she said. “Don’t take yourself too seriously. You can lie to others – not that I would – but you cannot lie to yourself.”
She also swore by hot dogs.
Which she enjoyed while celebrating the big nine-nine with a side of french fries.
She also joked: “I can stay up as late as I want without asking permission!”
As if we needed another reason to adore her!
But then, heartbreaking news emerged.
Betty White has tragically passed away.
Tributes have been pouring in for Betty since the news of her death first emerged.
With many legends from the entertainment industry paying tribute to Betty.
Many are talking about Ryan Reynolds beautiful tribute.
Taking to Twitter, Reynolds wrote:
“The world looks different now. She was great at defying expectation. She managed to grow very old and somehow, not old enough. We’ll miss you, Betty. Now you know the secret.”
Just before she died, White posted one heartbreaking final tweet.
The post was made just before she tragically passed away and referenced her upcoming 100th birthday.
In it she wrote…
“My 100th birthday… I cannot believe it is coming up, and People Magazine is celebrating with me!”
The day White had been waiting for finally arrived yesterday, sadly without the golden girl herself.
Further breaking the hearts of everybody around the entire world.
White would have turned 100-years-old yesterday.
And in honour of that, people have been celebrating her incredible life…
Thousands of people around the world took to social media to celebrate White.
Many fans even started a #BettyWhiteChallenge movement that urged people to donate to their local animal shelter in her name.
This kindness truly imortalizes the icon, and spreads the ethos she’s always believed in.
Betty White: 100 Years Young – A Birthday Celebration was also released in cinemas yesterday after the producer decided to still go ahead with it.
The movie even features an interview with White that was filmed just days before her passing, the Daily Mail reports.
And White’s assistant, Kiersten, also celebrated her birthday in a post on Facebook.
Sharing one of the last photos of White, Kiersten shared a heartfelt message and it has sparked a lot of emotion with fans…
Sharing one of the last photos of White to her Facebook page, Kiersten wrote:
“Hello Everyone! It’s Kiersten. Betty’s Assistant. On this special day, I wanted to share this photo of Betty.”
“It was taken on 12/20/21,” she continued. “I believe it’s one of the last photos of her.”
“She was radiant and beautiful and as happy as ever. Thanks to all of you who are doing kind things today and every day to make the world a better place.”
Rest in peace Betty.
The world has lost a true legend.