Hollywood icon Betty White would have turned 100 on January 17, 2022, and had plans to celebrate with her fans. Last year, she celebrated her 99th birthday by re-releasing one of her beloved shows.
Betty White's fans and friends from all over the world were devastated and heartbroken to hear the Hollywood legend passed away before New Years Day and a few weeks shy of her 100th birthday.
White's close friend and agent, Jeff Witjas, confirmed her passing and revealed "The Golden Girls" star died peacefully in her sleep on New Year's Eve. She experienced a mild stroke several days before.
Betty White pictured in ET's Interviews From The Vault YouTube Video [Left] White as Rose Nylund in "The Golden Girls' [Right] | Photo YouTube/ Canada ET & Getty Images
Preparation for her centennial birthday was underway at the time of her death. For the celebration, White invited fans to a special movie premiere scheduled for only one day; her birthday.
The movie was "Betty White: 100 Years Young" and featured White's celebrity friends looking back as White's most iconic roles during her career, including scenes from "The Golden Girls," "SNL," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," and many others.
A few of the stars involved in the special included Clint Eastwood, Ryan Reynolds, Jay Leno, Carol Burnett, Morgan Freeman, Tina Fey, Lin Manuel- Miranda, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Robert Redford, Valerie Bertinelli, Jimmy Kimmel, and Wendy Malick,
In a trailer for the movie celebration, White expressed she felt "so fortunate to have had a great career as I've for as long as I have." The actress's career spans over seven decades.
Last year, "The Proposal" star celebrated her birthday with the re-release of one of her notable projects, "The Pet Set" and feeding two ducks that visited her every day at her home.
She shared the news on her Instagram with clips from the 70s talk show. White joked that because it was her 99th birthday, she could stay up as late as she wanted and did not have to ask anyone for permission.
Besides "The Pet Set's" release, White shared having a sense of humor has kept her going throughout the years. She explained, "Don't take yourself too seriously. You can lie to others — not that I would — but you cannot lie to yourself."
While talking to People, the "Hot In Cleveland" star gave some advice on living a long and happy life. White stressed the importance of focusing on the positive side instead of dwelling on the downside of life.