Hollywood Pays Tribute to Betty White: ‘Our National Treasure’

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Hollywood dignitaries, from Ryan Reynolds to Seth Meyers, took to social media on Friday to pay tribute to the late Betty White. White, the 99-year-old “Golden Girls” star, TV trailblazer and cultural icon whose legendary career spanned eight decades, died Thursday night at her home in Brentwood.

White died just shy of what would have been a milestone 100th birthday on Jan. 17.

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Ryan Reynolds, who starred alongside White in “The Proposal” wrote on Twitter, “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.”

Sandra Bullock, White’s co-star in “The Proposal” shared a statement with Variety. “I don’t drink vodka … but I will tonight, on ice, with a slice of lemon with a hot dog on the other side and just be ok being sad. I’ll have to buy some rose-colored glasses because Betty was that for all of us,” said the actress.

In a statement, Lucie Arnaz (“The Lucy Show”) wrote, Betty White was one of the great dames. Sassy. Sexy. Super smart. We met through our mutual concern for the treatment of furry four-legged friends and created Actors and Others For Animals. She showed up. She was a class act. She adored her husband, her work. She was an inspiration to this industry and it was a privilege to call her my friend.”

President Joe Biden called White a “cultural icon.” The President wrote, “Betty White brought a smile to the lips of generations of Americans. She’s a cultural icon who will be sorely missed. Jill and I are thinking of her family and all those who loved her this New Year’s Eve.”

He also paid tribute via to White via NBC News White House Correspondent Mike Memoli. “That’s a shame. She was a lovely lady. … 99 years old. As my mother would say, God love her,” Biden said.

Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the house called White a “pioneering actress.” Pelosi wrote, “Today, we lost a beloved TV icon. Betty White was a pioneering actress, who blessed generations of Americans with her talent and humor for 8 decades. May it be a comfort to her loved ones and many admirers that so many mourn with them during this sad time.”

Seth Meyers wrote on Twitter, “RIP Betty White, the only SNL host I ever saw get a standing ovation at the after party. A party at which she ordered a vodka and a hotdog and stayed til the bitter end.”

Comedian Kathy Griffin who appeared with White in the comedy series, “Suddenly Susan” recalled in a series of tweets, “Betty White. Where do I begin? I’ve known her long, but I think the first time I met her was when she was a guest star on Suddenly Susan in the late 90s. Everyone was very excited she was on the show. I had accidentally parked in her parking spot that day. She walks in…yells from the back of the soundstage for everyone to hear “Where’s that redheaded bitch who stole my parking spot???” SWOON. A friendship was born.”

“Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig shared, “Man, 2021, you just couldn’t slip out without one more punch in the face, could you? So sad to hear comedy legend Betty White has passed. It’s hard to imagine a world without her. It’ll be a much less funny place, that’s for sure. RIP Genius Betty.”

“West Side Story” star Ariana DeBose wrote on Twitter, “So we’re eating cheesecake in honor of Betty White. Who’s with me?”

Ellen DeGeneres said, “What an exceptional life. I’m grateful for every second I got to spend with Betty White. Sending love to her family friends and all of us.”

Henry Winkler wrote, “Betty White: I is very hard to absorb you are not here anymore. But the memories of your delight are. Thank you for [your] humor, your warmth and your activism. Rest now and say Hi to Bill.”

Robert Iger, the executive chairman of The Walt Disney Company, also paid tribute to White on Twitter. “Rest in peace #bettywhite, our Golden Girl, our friend, and our neighbor,” he wrote. “Your wit, your charm, your warmth and your smile will always be with us.”

Oscar-winning director Matthew Cherry, of the animated short “Hair Love,” echoed the sentiments of what most people felt upon hearing the news, simply writing, “Nooooooo.”

Broadway star Stephanie J. Block quote-tweeted Shakespeare in her tribute to White.

Levar Burton paid tribute by saying the world had lost one of the “best human beings ever.”

George Takei also remembered the star saying, “Our national treasure, Betty White, has passed just before her 100th birthday. Our Sue Ann Nivens, our beloved Rose Nylund, has joined the heavens to delight the stars with her inimitable style, humor, and charm. A great loss to us all. We shall miss her dearly.”

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