Olly Parton paid tribute to Betty White by saying she will “live forever”, after the Golden Girls star died less than three weeks before her 100th birthday.
The death of the award-winning actress, best known for playing Rose on the 1980s sitcom, sparked a wave of grief and memories.
White has appeared on hit American sitcoms including Hot In Cleveland, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Betty White Show, and Life With Elizabeth over a career spanning more than 80 years.
Parton wrote on Twitter: “Looking at the news last night, I learned of Betty White’s passing.
“Betty will live forever not only in this world, but in the next world. I will always love her like the rest of us!
US President Joe Biden is also among the prominent figures who have expressed sorrow over his death, writing on Twitter: “Betty White has brought smiles to generations of Americans.
“She is a cultural icon that will be sorely missed. Jill and I think of her family and everyone who loved her this New Years Eve.
Veteran singer Bette Middler also expressed her sadness, writing: “#BettyWhite has passed away. 2021 was really a female dog and a 1/2.
Ryan Reynolds, who starred with White in the 2009 romantic comedy The Proposal, also paid tribute after the couple shared a long friendship and a pleasant flirtation.
He wrote in a moving tribute: “The world is different now.
“She was excellent at defying expectations.
“She managed to get very old and somehow not old enough.
“We will miss you, Betty. Now you know the secret.
In an interview with People ahead of White’s next 100th birthday on January 17th, she teased him about having a crush on her, saying, “Heard Ryan can’t get over his thing. for me but Robert Redford is The One. “
Reynolds responded by tweeting, “I’m so sick of the media exploiting past relationships just to generate clicks.”
The comedian and actress Griffin recalled fond memories with White in a lengthy social media post where she revealed that the first time she met White was when the actress appeared on the sitcom Suddenly. Susan in the late 1990s and Griffin got a joke from White for stealing her parking space.
She added: “She treated me like we were at the same club or something.
“She actually treated me like an equal in the world of gurrrl comedy.
“She was as strong and funny as she was gentle and wise and no matter how long this world continues to spin, there will only be one Betty White.”
Former first lady Michelle Obama said White had “broken down barriers” and that her joy would be missed by people around the world.
Sharing a photo of the actress with family dog Bo, she wrote: “Betty White broke barriers, defied expectations, served her country and made us all laugh.
“Barack and I join with so many around the world who will miss the joy she brought to the world.
“I know our Bo can’t wait to see her in Heaven.”
The Legally Blonde star Witherspoon praised White for “making us all laugh” as she shared Vanity Fair magazine’s announcement about her death, adding: “So sad to hear of Betty White’s passing.
“I loved watching his characters who brought me so much joy.
“Thanks, Betty, for making us all laugh!” “
American talk show hosts Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey paid separate tributes to White.
DeGeneres said White had led an “exceptional life” and that she was “grateful for every second” she was able to spend with her.
Sharing a photo of the couple together, Winfrey said she was, “Celebrating 99 years of your love on the planet.
“Thanks Betty White. “
American singer and TV presenter Dionne Warwick called her a “brilliant talent” and said she had “had the pleasure of meeting Betty White and sharing some giggles with her”.
Singer Nancy Sinatra has revealed that she couldn’t stop crying after news of White’s death.
She added: “Godspeed, Betty White, you will be remembered and cherished forever.”
Sarah Jessica Parker of Sex And The City shared on Instagram a photo of White from her youth wearing a red and white striped outfit and a pearl necklace, and described her as a “treasure.”
While Jamie Lee Curtis, who starred alongside White in the 2010 American comedy You Again, posted a couple’s magazine cover with Kristen Bell and wrote, “What women WANT is to live a life. like Betty White.
“Full of love, creativity, integrity, humor, dedication and a life of service to animals. “
Curtis also encouraged people to donate to an animal rights group on White’s behalf, as she said the actress would “love” it.
Actress Kerry Washington also shared an image of a young white in a white and black evening gown, as well as a music video from their Saturday Night Live skit together for the comedy show’s 40th anniversary.
Washington said working with the veteran actress and comedian was “an absolute privilege of a lifetime” and a moment she “will cherish forever.”
She added, “Heaven just had a new superstar to celebrate with tonight!”
“An icon, a legend, a pioneer, a tough guy and a ray of sunshine who has given us creative genius, joy and laughter for 99 years.”
Aquaman actor Jason Momoa also posted a pic of the two of them together and wrote, “I love you Betty, thank you RIP Aloha J”.
Actress Viola Davis remarked on how she felt White would “live forever”, but noted that during her 99 years she “made a huge hole in this world that will inspire generations” .
Star Trek star William Shatner said he “adored her comedic wit” and “endearing charm,” adding, “She was definitely a sweetheart to the world and a gift to the entertainment world.”
Over the course of his career, White has written several books and won five Primetime Emmy Awards out of 21 nominations, as well as a handful of other top accolades.
The film veteran was also named Guinness World Records Female Artist with Longest Television Career, starting in 1939.