PHOTOS: Television pioneer, Emmy winner Betty White dead at 99

Betty White, photographed May 31, 2009, at age 87.
Betty White, photographed on May 31, 2009, at age 87, played about every role in Hollywood. That year, she played an aging, truth telling, off–the–wall grandmother in the rom-com called “The Proposal.”
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Betty White, a television pioneer and Emmy-winning actress whose long career, often in comedic roles, took flight again in her late 80s, has died.

White, who was the last surviving star of television’s “The Golden Girls,” died overnight in Brentwood, her friend and agent Jeff Witjas told the Washington Post. She was 99.

For decades, White had been best known for the characters she played in a pair of long-running TV series — the conniving “happy homemaker” Sue Ann Nivens on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in the 1970s and daffy Rose Nylund on “The Golden Girls” in the 1980s and early 1990s. She received Emmy Awards for both roles.

Betty White, Gavin MacLeod, Ed Asner, Georgia Engel, Ted Knight and Mary Tyler Moore in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."
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Cast members of the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" pose with their Emmys on May 18, 1976.
Cast members of the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” pose with their Emmys backstage at the awards ceremony on May 18, 1976. From left are, Ed Asner, Betty White, Mary Tyler Moore and Ted Knight.
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Allen Ludden and Betty White were married for 18 years before he died of cancer at 63 in 1981. She never remarried.
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Actor Betty White sits in a canvas chair with her name on it, looking over her shoulder.
American actor Betty White sits in a canvas chair, with her name written on the back, in a backyard garden in 1956.
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Betty White, shown March 22, 1954.
Actor Betty White is shown on March 22, 1954.
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Betty White sits on a television for her special "Betty White at Home."
Betty White sits on a television for her special “Betty White at Home,” which aired on May 6, 1957.
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From left, Betty White, Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin at the 70th Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater.
Alec Baldwin kisses the hand of Betty White, left, as Kate McKinnon, center, watches onstage at the 70th Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on Sept. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles.
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Betty White, right, on "Saturday Night Live" in 2010 with Ana Gasteyer, left, and Molly Shannon.
Betty White, right, appears in a skit on “Saturday Night Live” in 2010 with Ana Gasteyer, left, and Molly Shannon.
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Actress Betty White poses next to a wax figure in her likeness at Madame Tussauds in Hollywood.
Actress Betty White poses next to a wax figure in her likeness during an unveiling at Madame Tussauds in Hollywood on June 4, 2012.
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Betty White, left, accepts the Life Achievement Award from Sandra Bullock at the 16th Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Betty White, left, accepts the Life Achievement Award from Sandra Bullock at the 16th Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 23, 2010, in Los Angeles.
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"The Golden Girls" cast: Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty, Bea Arthur and Betty White
“The Golden Girls” cast: Rue McClanahan, from left, Estelle Getty, Bea Arthur and Betty White.
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Betty White in a scene from the NBC comedy "Off Their Rockers."
Betty White in a scene from the NBC comedy “Off Their Rockers,” which aired for two years.
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Zooey Deschanel and Betty White during Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 18, 2011.
Zooey Deschanel, left, and Betty White at the Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 18, 2011, in Los Angeles.
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From left, Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves, Valerie Bertinelli and Betty White accept an award.
Wendie Malick, from left, Jane Leeves, Valerie Bertinelli and Betty White accept a People’s Choice Award for favorite cable TV comedy for “Hot in Cleveland” on Jan. 11, 2012, in Los Angeles.
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Actress Betty White arrives at the premiere of "You Again" at the El Capitan Theatre.
Actress Betty White arrives at the premiere of Touchstone Pictures’ “You Again” at the El Capitan Theatre on Sept. 22, 2010, in Los Angeles.
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Former cast members of the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" are reunited.
Former cast members of the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” are reunited for the Museum of Television and Radio’s ninth Television Festival in Los Angeles on March 21, 1992. From left are Gavin MacLeod, Valerie Harper, Cloris Leachman, Betty White and Ed Asner.
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Actress Betty White performs onstage at the 39th AFI Life Achievement Award
Actress Betty White performs onstage at a ceremony to honor Morgan Freeman as the recipient of the 39th AFI Life Achievement Award at Sony Pictures Studios on June 9, 2011, in Culver City.
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Betty White poses with a Life Achievement Award in the press room.
Betty White poses with the Life Achievement Award in the press room at the 16th Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Jan. 23, 2010, in Los Angeles.
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Betty White, left and Ellen DeGeneres attend the 41st People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.
Actress Betty White, left and Ellen DeGeneres attend the 41st Annual People’s Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Jan. 7, 2015, in Los Angeles.
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Ellen DeGeneres, left, and Betty White speak onstage at the 41st People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre.
Ellen DeGeneres, left, and Betty White speak onstage at the 41st People’s Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Jan. 7, 2015, in Los Angeles.
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Betty White posing with a parrot at the 44th Beastly Ball at Los Angeles Zoo.
Betty White attends the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Assn.'s 44th Beastly Ball at Los Angeles Zoo on June 14, 2014.
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From left: Wendie Malick, Valerie Bertinelli, Betty White and Jane Leeves take a selfie.
Wendie Malick, from left, Valerie Bertinelli, Betty White and Jane Leeves take a selfie on March 27, 2015, in Studio City. TV Land dedicated a plaque in honor of their sitcom “Hot In Cleveland” on Stage 19 at CBS Studio Center.
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