When a breaking news alert appeared on Dec. 31, 2021, no one was ready for the news that Betty White had passed away. In what felt like the last sucker punch from an already unkind year, the world lost its favorite Golden Girl, and it seems like we’ve never truly recovered from it.
White was born on Jan. 17, 1922, making her 99 years old at the time of her passing. Even then, it somehow felt untimely. How could the entertainment realm continue without the contributions of someone who impacted it so much? Ahead of the pandemic, White was set to appear in a Lifetime Christmas movie, still working within two years of her passing, at nearly 100. While COVID-19 ultimately stole her last film role, we can revel in the fact that she would have blessed us with a holiday film to treasure if she’d had the chance.
This morning, White’s assistant and close friend Kiersten Mikelas shared a note in White’s handwriting. She loved the poem Mikelas found in some of her belongings after passing, and she shared that whenever White loved a poem or piece of literature so much that it moved her, she wrote it down in her handwriting, thus linking it to herself forever.