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Following the news of the passing of Betty White, scores of the actress' former co-stars and other celebs took to social media to thank her for being a friend.
The Golden Girls, The Mary Tyler Moore and Hot in Cleveland star, one of the most beloved American actresses of all time, died at her Los Angeles home at age 99 on Friday, Dec. 31, New Year's Eve, just a little over two weeks before what would have been her 100th birthday. She was preceded in death by her husband and TV host Allen Ludden, who passed away from stomach cancer in 1981.
While publicly mourning White, some celebs recalled heartwarming personal memories about the actress. Here are some celebrity tributes to the star:
Ryan Reynolds, who starred with White in the 2009 movie The Proposal, wrote on Instagram, "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."
In his tribute, Reynolds shared a screenshot from a hilarious and profanity-laced 2016 video review White gave of his movie Deadpool.
Steve Martin tweeted, "In 1974, I was an obscure opening act for [singer] Linda Ronstadt at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. Passing through the lobby before the show, I saw Betty White and her husband Allen Ludden waiting in line. I loved Betty White, so I went up to them: 'I'm so honored to meet you both.' And then I said, 'Isn't Linda great?' She said, 'We came to see you.' I said, 'Why?' "Because we heard you were funny.' I was elated."
Jennifer Love Hewitt, who worked with White on Hot in Cleveland, her own show The Client List and the 2011 Hallmark movie The Lost Valentine, shared a tearful video message on Instagram, saying, "When I was a kid, I watched The Golden Girls with my grandmother and I fell in love with Betty White and then I got to work with her and I fell in love with her for real. And I had the greatest honor and pleasure of being really close with her and calling her a really, really good friend. One of my best friends."
She continued, "She was everything that you wanted her to be and more. So please honor her by laughing and drinking vodka—because she loved vodka, and playing Scrabble—because she loved to play Scrabble, and watching her on Golden Girls and all the amazing things that she was a part of. Hug your animals because she loved animals more than anything in the world. Miss Betty White, you are now my angel and I love you always."
Debra Messing tweeted, "Betty White. Oh noooooooo. I grew up watching and being delighted by her. She was playful and daring and smart. We all knew this day would come but it doesn't take away the feeling of loss. A national treasure, indeed. Fly with the Angels."
CNN host Don Lemon also shared a photo of himself with White, tweeting, "Noooooooooo. Say it isn't so. [broken heart emoji] #BettyWhite"
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Noooooooooo. Say it isn’t so. 💔 <br> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BettyWhite?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BettyWhite</a> <a href="https://t.co/XJCPfMEFbX">pic.twitter.com/XJCPfMEFbX</a></p>— Don Lemon (@donlemon) <a href="https://twitter.com/donlemon/status/1477001284083462146?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 31, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Marlee Matlin tweeted, "Betty White will go down in the history books as ageless..99 or 100, the numbers belie the fact that she lived the best life EVER! RIP Betty White."
Viola Davis wrote on Instagram, "RIP Betty White! Man did I think you would live forever. You blew a huge hole in this world that will inspire generations. Rest in glorious peace….you've earned your wings."
Katie Couric wrote on Instagram, "What a sad way to end an already sad year. The beloved Betty White has died at the age of 99 — just a few weeks shy of her 100th birthday. I had the privilege of interviewing Betty several times, but my conversation with her at the Central Park Zoo in 2011 has always stuck with me. 'Kindness and consideration of somebody besides yourself keeps you feeling young,' Betty told me — words I think we can all live by. Rest In Peace, Betty, we love you. ♥️♥️♥️"
She added, "Give our love to Allen as well as Mary, Rhoda, Phyllis, Murray, Mr. Grant, Georgette and of course Ted…not to mention Dorothy, Blanche and Sophia."
Happy Days alum and fellow veteran TV star Henry Winkler, who appeared on an episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1973, tweeted, "Betty White : I is very hard to absorb you are not here anymore.. But the memories of your deLIGHT are ..Thank you for yur humor , your warmth and your activism .. Rest now and say Hi to Bill."
Dionne Warwick, who appeared with White on several shows in the '70s, tweeted, "Another brilliant talent has made her transition. I had the pleasure of getting to know Betty White and shared a few giggles with her. May she rest in well-earned peace."
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Thank you for being a friend (and so so so much more) 💔 Rest easy, Betty. <a href="https://t.co/ju2SCKzZ0l">pic.twitter.com/ju2SCKzZ0l</a></p>— Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) <a href="https://twitter.com/KChenoweth/status/1477014635467452416?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 31, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Kathy Griffin tweeted, "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."
She continued, "Another time I was lucky enough to present at the primetime Emmy awards with the lake [sic] great Don Rickles. He and Betty and I...We're sitting backstage at rehearsal with the great Mary Tyler Moore. Don and Betty and I were being silly and vulgar and Mary was not having it. Mary got up and walked away and Don turned to Betty and I and said 'She was never the warmest.' We laughed way too hard."
She also recalled when the actress guest starred on her show Kathy Griffin My Life on the D List in 2009, on an episode where Griffin's mom, Maggie, has a play date with White. Griffin called it a "bucket list memory, touching and hilarious at the same time."
"We surprised Maggie, so when Betty shows up at Sizzler Senior Early Bird Special, my Mom about fell OUT!" Griffin tweeted. "And I got to spend the day on film and off camera, with my mom and Betty White. It was basically a dream girls day. Betty legit treated my mom like a friend. She answered every question, acted very shocked at every word out of my mouth, which was mandatory."
Griffin added, "She hung out with my mom, like a peer. She treated me like we were in the same club or something. She actually treated me like an equal in the comedy gurrrl world. She was as sharp and funny as she was soft and wise and no matter how long this world continues to spin, there will be only one Betty White."
Steve Aoki tweeted, "Betty White was a [goat emoji]."
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