Betty White honored by best friend on first anniversary of TV icon’s death: ‘Betty taught us so many things’

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Betty White was known around the world for her impeccable comedic timing and her kind heart towards people and animals.

On the one-year anniversary of his death, White’s closest confidante, Patty Sullivan, exclusively told Fox News Digital that she’s enjoying one of her favorite pastimes while honoring her best friend: the beach. But the start of a new year.


“At sunset on New Year’s Eve, we’d find a quiet place on the ocean,” said Sullivan, who recalled the New Years of 20 years we spent at her home in Carmel, filled with love and Sharing a laugh.”

The “Golden Girls” star passed away on December 31, 2021. She was 99 years old.

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“I will always have fond memories of walking on the beach, picking up sea glass, and taking in all the beauty that our senses can share,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan, White’s “surrogate” daughter, recalled happy memories of her friend of 53 years. They met in the late ’60s on Cape Cod, while Sullivan’s husband Tom was beginning his music career and performing at a local restaurant. Betty and her husband Alan Ludden “instantly fell in love” with Tom’s show.

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“Betty taught us many things, but her greatest pearl was the lesson we saw her accept the inevitable changes that are part of all of our lives,” she said.

During the last years of her life, Sullivan began chronicling her memories and decades-long friendship with White and published her new book, “Betty White’s Pearls of Wisdom: Life Lessons from a Beloved American Treasure”.

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Sullivan hopes readers will discover how much White cared about the health of the world, all its inhabitants, and the planet in general.

She explained that White “never got involved in politics, but his love for this planet and his respect for it was so wide and so deep within him,” citing a time when a joyous White was “a lost child marine.” The beaver was “introduced to a surrogate mother” at the Monterey Aquarium.

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“She could see the beaver in front of her window [her] home, and to see the loss of population over time, it really upset her a lot,” Sullivan explained. And I got to have that moment with her — to see the look on her face like, ‘Oh my God, look at the others. What could he help achieve.

“I think it’s a bigger picture. We always see him campaigning, taking care of his animals, talking to them, they’ll do all kinds of things with you. Love, by the way. Show business has supported him. privileged to do and [fund it],

White “loved acting from an early age” and felt as though “every role she landed was meaningful to her.”

Betty White became the chosen family for Patty Sullivan and her husband Tom.

Of course, “Golden GirlsHaving stood the test of time, Sullivan said something White always knew would happen.

“When they’re rerun every night of the week, my friends’ grandchildren say, ‘I love Betty White, I want her to be my grandma.’ And that show is timeless,” she said.

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“you think about other stuff she did, shows delicious moments with David E. Kelly and … shows her amazing Snickers ad when she falls in the mud, and has a few words to say. I mean, she was amazing. She loved every minute of it.”

The award-winning actress passed away “peacefully in her sleep” at her Brentwood home, her rep confirmed at the time. White’s immediate cause of death was listed on her death certificate as “cerebrovascular accident”, which is the medical term for stroke.

White was an active supporter of several animal organizations and zoos.

Sullivan said, “She was a light for the last moments of her public life.” “I knew what she was feeling physically. I knew she was struggling with her physical ability. And, as I say in the book, she never allowed a wheelchair. She never Didn’t even sit in one.

“She had a walker towards the end, but she always had a handsome young man to take her everywhere.”

The day before his death, White shared a statement through his publicist with Fox News Digital about the secret to his long-lasting happiness.

“I’ve always been an overrated optimist,” White said. “I got it from my mom. I’m going to live with it.”

Lori Basian of Fox News Digital contributed to this report.

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