As America mourns the passing of beloved television actress Betty White who died just short of her 100th birthday, social media lashed out at People Magazine for jinxing her with its cover story marking the momentous occasion that she barely missed.
White, whose legendary career spanned seven decades and who passed away on Friday just 17 days away from her centennial birthday, was widely admired for her body of work that included 1960s game shows, television series including the popular sitcom “The Golden Girls” and movies as well as work as an animal welfare advocate; she won numerous awards including Emmy’s in multiple categories.
She was looking forward to celebrating her birthday and, on Tuesday, tweeted out an image of the People issue that just hit newsstands announcing that “Betty White Turns 100!” on the cover.
“My 100th birthday… I cannot believe it is coming up, and People Magazine is celebrating with me! The new issue of @people is available on newsstands nationwide tomorrow,” wrote White three days before she passed away at her Los Angeles home.
— Betty White (@BettyMWhite) December 28, 2021
Her friend and agent Jeff Witjas released a statement confirming White’s death, “Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever. I will miss her terribly and so will the animal world that she loved so much. I don’t think Betty ever feared passing because she always wanted to be with her most beloved husband Allen Ludden. She believed she would be with him again.”
In addition to her acting career, she also served her country in uniform as a member of the U.S. Army during World War II.
We are saddened by the passing of Betty White.
Not only was she an amazing actress, she also served during WWII as a member of the American Women’s Voluntary Services.
A true legend on and off the screen. pic.twitter.com/1HRDYCeV7w
— U.S. Army (@USArmy) December 31, 2021
White’s passing drew reactions from many including President Joe Biden.
Betty White brought a smile to the lips of generations of Americans. She’s a cultural icon who will be sorely missed. Jill and I are thinking of her family and all those who loved her this New Year’s Eve.
— President Biden (@POTUS) December 31, 2021
“Betty White brought a smile to the lips of generations of Americans. She’s a cultural icon who will be sorely missed. Jill and I are thinking of her family and all those who loved her this New Year’s Eve,” tweeted Biden who has been playing with his new dog Commander at his vacation home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
Some took to Twitter to wag the finger of blame at People for what turned out to be a poorly timed feature story in which White discussed the secrets to her longevity.
“thanks for killing Betty White,” wrote one user.
— shauna (@goldengateblond) December 31, 2021
One user wrote, “People Magazine Jinxed Betty! Shame on @people for celebrating 100 before the day actually arrived.”
— Scott Isbell (@scottisbell_) December 31, 2021
Writer John Leavitt tweeted, “You gotta admit, having an entire magazine devoted to your 100th birthday hit the racks and then dying before that birthday is excellent comic timing.”
You gotta admit, having an entire magazine devoted to your 100th birthday hit the racks and then dying before that birthday is excellent comic timing
— John Leavitt 🌹 (@LeavittAlone) December 31, 2021
Another wrote, “Tip to every celebrity out there, don’t pose for People Magazine or be on their cover when you are celebrating something especial. They jinx everything. RIP Betty White.”
Tip to every celebrity out there, don’t pose for People Magazine or be on their cover when you are celebrating something especial. They jinx everything. RIP Betty White. pic.twitter.com/vdRXQLiwvi
— TV Fanatic👑⚜️ (@TvKhaleesi) January 1, 2022
Other users dragged People across Twitter.
People Magazine really jinxed Betty White.
— Paola Massiel (@_PaolaMassiel) December 31, 2021
I WAS LITERALLY SAYING YESTERDAY THAT PEOPLE MAGAZINE BETTER NOT JINX BETTY WHITE’S DEATH AND NOW LOOK WHAT HAPPENED
— Rivka 💫 (@xrivkax) December 31, 2021
Tributes poured in as respects were paid to the “First Lady Of Television.”
Another brilliant talent has made her transition. I had the pleasure of getting to know Betty White and shared a few giggles with her. May she rest in well-earned peace. ❤️
— Dionne Warwick (@dionnewarwick) December 31, 2021
Betty White: First Lady Of Television — and our hearts. Rest in Peace ❤️ pic.twitter.com/AInUQ80HHn
— Netflix (@netflix) December 31, 2021
I had the honor of working with Betty White on my series BOB & the finale of Hot in Cleveland. She was such a pro! My 1st standup TV appearance was April 1960 on Jack Paar & Betty was a guest. Today, we lost a giant.
— Bob Newhart (@BobNewhart) January 1, 2022
Betty White : I is very hard to absorb you are not here anymore.. But the memories of your deLIGHT
are ..Thank you for yur humor , your warmth and your activism ..
Rest now and say Hi to Bill
— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) December 31, 2021
Sad news. No more Betty White. Too bad we couldn’t get another ten years of her always warm, gracious, and witty personality. She was one of a kind!
— Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) December 31, 2021
Her extensive body of work will always be remembered, not only for her warmth, humor and talent but also for serving as a reminder of a different era when when television featured wholesome entertainment that was made for the entire family, unlike the electronic cesspool of leftist degeneracy that it is today.
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