Remembering Betty White: Golden Girls, Hot In Cleveland, More Of Her Most Memorable TV Shows

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Dec. 31 2021, Published 7:42 p.m. ET

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Beloved cultural icon Betty White passed away at 99-years-old on December 31, mere weeks before her 100th birthday, but over her 75 years gracing the small screen, she gave fans the gift of her timeless characters to live on through her performances.

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From Sue Ann Nivens in The Mary Tyler Moore Show to tenderhearted Rose Nylund in Golden Girls, White will be remembered for decades as a brilliantly funny actress and a genuinely kind soul.

Scroll through the gallery below to see some of Betty White's most memorable TV roles.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

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White brought all the laughs as the frustratingly cheerful yet devious Sue Ann Nivens — who also had a penchant for being shockingly risque — in the hit sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

The comedienne once commented on the quirky character, quipping: “Of course I love Sue Ann. She was so rotten. The neighborhood nymphomaniac. I would love to bring her back for a minute...”

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The Love Boat

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A classic! The Love Boat — which aired from 1977 through 1987 — put a comedic spin on the ups and downs of the love lives of the crew and passengers of a luxury cruise ship.

Though The Proposal actress didn't have a starring role, she did have sporadic guest spots between 1980 and 1985.

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The Carol Burnett Show & Mama's Family

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White also played the snobbish and well off Ellen Harper Jackson in "The Family" sketches featured in the comedic variety series The Carol Burnett Show.

She later appeared as the same character for 16 episodes of the spinoff series, Mama's Family, which revolved around the escapades of Thelma "Mama" Harper and her sister Fran.

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Boston Legal

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White nabbed a recurring gig as Catherine Piper — Alan's (James Spader) kooky neighbor who later became his secretary — in Boston Legal.

She was first introduced in The Practice, and appeared on Boston Legal for 16 episodes from 2005 to 2008.

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The Bold And The Beautiful

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The Betty's Happy Hour personality also made a name for herself in soaps as Ann Douglas in long-running daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful.

She played the mother of Stephanie and Pamela Douglas for 23 episodes — from 2006 to 2009 — until her character's death following an in-show battle with pancreatic cancer.

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Golden Girls

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More than any other, White is most remembered for her role as the bubbly and tenderhearted Rose Nylund in The Golden Girls. Audiences and critics alike were charmed by her portrayal of the adorably innocent senior, earning her 7 Emmy nominations — including a win for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series in 1986.

“We are having so much fun, there should be a law against it,” White once said regarding her time on the popular comedy. “We work well together because everybody’s very professional, but off-camera, we adore each other. And it’s a privilege to go to work.”

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Hot In Cleveland

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Her final starring television role was as the sassy elderly caretaker, Elka Ostrovsky, in Hot In Cleveland, which scored her an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series in 2011.

White was credited in 124 episodes of the show over its 5 year run from 2010 to 2015.


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