Betty White is mourned by ‘M*A*S*H’ star, fellow animal lover Loretta Swit: ‘I ache for missing her’

L'attrice, whose saucy charm made her a television mainstay for more than 60 anni, whether as a man-crazy TV hostess onThe Mary Tyler Moore Showor the loopy housemate on “Le ragazze d'oro,” died on Dec. 31 all'età 99.

The star’s death was confirmed by Jeff Witjas, her longtime agent and friend. She would have turned 100 il gen. 17.

Before White’s passing, a campaign was put together by Actors and Others for Animals asking for donations to the charity for $ 100 (or any amount) to coincide with her birthday. The California-based non-profit organization was one that White supported for over five decades.

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Actress Loretta Swit (sinistra) and fellow animal lover Betty White, circa 2006.

Actress Loretta Swit (sinistra) and fellow animal lover Betty White, circa 2006. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for the Wildlife WayStation)

“e Alex Hunter reagiscono dopo che la guardia di Chattanooga David Jean-Baptiste ha sparato al vincitore ..” star Loretta Swit, the first vice president for Actors and Others for Animals, as well as the president of SwitHeart Animal Alliance, told Fox News that White’s passion for helping animals in need has always been felt by the Hollywood community.

Her friendship, her passion, her advocacy, and her value is incalculable,” the 84-year-old revealed in a statement. “I ache for missing her.

Susan Taylor, the executive director for Actors and Others for Animals, shared a similar sentiment.

The world will be a sadder place without Betty White,” Taylor told Fox News Digital. “She understood the need to protect and care for animals, and we were privileged to have her as part of Actors and Others for Animals. We know she would be happy to know that the Betty White Challenge will continue to help animals.

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Actresses JoAnne Worley, Betty White and Loretta Swit attend Actors and Others for Animals' 40th anniversary fundraising luncheon at the Universal City Hilton & Towers on April 9, 2011, a Universal City, California.

Actresses JoAnne Worley, Betty White and Loretta Swit attend Actors and Others for Animals’ 40th anniversary fundraising luncheon at the Universal City Hilton & Towers on April 9, 2011, a Universal City, California. (David Livingston/Getty Images)

Laugh-Instar JoAnne Worley, who is also involved with the organization, previously told Fox News she was heartbroken to learn of White’s passing.

She served on the Actors and Other for Animals board of directors for many years, and would always be there to help us when we needed to raise money for spay and neuter,” Worley recalled. “Infatti, nel 2005, she allowed us to roast her with a star-studded [evento] filled with her show business friends. She will be missed by all who loved to laugh with her.

Off-screen, White tirelessly raised money for animal causes such as the Morris Animal Foundation and the Los Angeles Zoo. Fra 1970-1971, lei scrisse, produced and hosted a syndicated TV show, “The Pet Set,” to which celebrities brought their dogs and cats. She wrote a 1983 book titledBetty White’s Pet Love: How Pets Take Care of Us,” e, nel 2011, pubblicato “Betty & Amici: My Life at the Zoo.

White’s devotion to animals was so strong that she declined a role in the hit 1997 film “As Good As It Gets.She specifically objected to a scene where Jack Nicholson’s character drops a small dog down a laundry chute.

Betty White was a tireless advocate for animals.

Betty White was a tireless advocate for animals. (Lloyd Bishop/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)

In lei 2011 libro “If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t),” White detailed the origins of her love for dogs. During the Depression, her father made radios to sell to make extra money. But since few people had money to buy the radios, he willingly traded them for dogs which, housed in kennels in the backyard, at times numbered as many as 15. bianca, un solo bambino, described how it made her happy childhood even happier.

Più recentemente, Witjas said White had been staying close to her Los Angeles home during the pandemic out of caution but had no diagnosed illness.

In a People cover story on White’s 100th birthday, the magazine’s Jan. 10 issue touted White’s secrets for longevity and quoted her as saying, “Funny never gets old.

A young Betty White with a proud poodle.

A young Betty White with a proud poodle. (Getty Images)

Witjas said it was as if White insisted on a last laugh.

It’s a wonderful tribute, and she has to pull this,” Egli ha detto.

BOB SAGET’S TRIBUTE TO BETTY WHITE SAW HIM SPECULATE ABOUT THE AFTERLIFE DAYS BEFORE HIS DEATH AT AGE 65

White ha detto “Io faccio” to game show host Allen Ludden in 1963. Rimasero insieme fino alla sua morte in 1981 all'età 63. White never remarried.

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