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January 17, 2022

 

Dear Betty, 

 

 

My first memories of seeing you on any screen, usually involved my mother on the couch and me sitting on the carpet watching the newest premiering episode of The Golden Girls, while laughing hysterically at all of the funny barbs that you would say between you, Bea, Estelle and Rue. Seeing you portray Ms. Rose Nylund in all of her aloofness, kindness and charm made Wednesdays and Sunday just that much more fun in my household

 

As I got older, I began to see you as much more than the actress that played the little naive lady on an NBC sitcom. In fact, in the decades that followed Rose Nylund’s final bow, not only did you continue to speak out on social issues (as you did for your whole career), but the name “Betty White” also became associated with being a grandmother of pop culture, bringing us as much joy on the social media space as you have on television screens the world over. 

 

Though I am a bit saddened that you have left this world, I am, at the same time, pleased that you lived a long and seemingly great life, full of laughs, entertainment, and adoration from both common folk like myself and your friends and constituents in Tinsletown. I am grateful for your one thread that connects all of us that have loved, been humored by, and appreciative of what you brought to the world of comedy. Whether it’s your family, Ryan Reynolds, multiple generations across social media… or even a certain little 8-year-old boy who grew up to write this very letter: The one thing that I’m sure we all share is that in various ways you have always felt like… 

 

a friend.  

 

Thank you so much, for making us feel like you were exactly that. 

Happy Birthday,

-S. 

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