Betty White’s funeral will be private: ‘She never wanted people to make a fuss over


The late, great Betty White’s funeral will be private after the actress passed away last Friday peacefully in her sleep from natural causes just 17 days shy of her 100th birthday.

‘The arrangements are being handled privately and that was Betty’s wish,’ her agent Jeff Witjas told People on Wednesday.

‘As in life, she never wanted people to make a fuss over her.’  

RIP: The late, great Betty White's funeral will be private after passing away last Friday peacefully in her sleep from natural causes just 17 days shy of her 100th birthday (pictured in 2019)

RIP: The late, great Betty White’s funeral will be private after passing away last Friday peacefully in her sleep from natural causes just 17 days shy of her 100th birthday (pictured in 2019)

The 75-year-old APA partner/senior VP asked that grieving fans honor the eight-time Emmy winner by making a donation to one of her favorite organizations like the Los Angeles Zoo where she was on the Board of Trustees since 1974.

Betty – who never had biological children – also loved Tree People, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Wildlife Learning Center, Actors and Animals for Others, The Aquarium of the Pacific, and Guide Dogs For the Blind.

White – last publicly seen January 16, 2020 – often joked she started out in ‘silent television’ having made her first appearance on the small screen in 1939.

Throughout her impressive 80-year career, the national treasure played memorable regular roles in CBS’ The Mary Tyler Moore Show, NBC’s The Golden Girls, and TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland. 

Her agent Jeff Witjas told People on Wednesday: 'The arrangements are being handled privately and that was Betty's wish. As in life, she never wanted people to make a fuss over her'

Betty White pictured in 2018

Her agent Jeff Witjas (L) told People on Wednesday: ‘The arrangements are being handled privately and that was Betty’s wish. As in life, she never wanted people to make a fuss over her’

'Wildlife champion': The 75-year-old APA partner/senior VP asked that grieving fans honor the eight-time Emmy winner by making a donation to one of her favorite organizations like the Los Angeles Zoo where she was on the Board of Trustees since 1974

‘Wildlife champion’: The 75-year-old APA partner/senior VP asked that grieving fans honor the eight-time Emmy winner by making a donation to one of her favorite organizations like the Los Angeles Zoo where she was on the Board of Trustees since 1974

'Friends Forever': Betty - who never had biological children - also loved Tree People, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Wildlife Learning Center, Actors and Animals for Others, The Aquarium of the Pacific, and Guide Dogs For the Blind (pictured in 2019)

‘Friends Forever’: Betty – who never had biological children – also loved Tree People, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Wildlife Learning Center, Actors and Animals for Others, The Aquarium of the Pacific, and Guide Dogs For the Blind (pictured in 2019)

Betty’s last acting gigs were voicing tiger teething ring Bitey White in Toy Story 4 as well as Sarah Vanderwhoozie in Trouble in 2019.

White last acted onscreen portraying Ms. Wilson in two episodes of Freeform sitcom Young & Hungry in 2017.

The Illinois-born, Hollywood-raised icon will next be honored in the star-studded documentary Betty White: A Celebration, which hits US theaters January 17. 

Pioneer: White - last publicly seen January 16, 2020 - often joked she started out in 'silent television' having made her first appearance on the small screen in 1939 (pictured in 1954)

Pioneer: White – last publicly seen January 16, 2020 – often joked she started out in ‘silent television’ having made her first appearance on the small screen in 1939 (pictured in 1954)

Dipped: Throughout her impressive 80-year career, the national treasure played memorable regular roles in CBS' The Mary Tyler Moore Show, NBC's The Golden Girls (pictured in 1987), and TV Land's Hot in Cleveland

Dipped: Throughout her impressive 80-year career, the national treasure played memorable regular roles in CBS’ The Mary Tyler Moore Show, NBC’s The Golden Girls (pictured in 1987), and TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland

Gone but not forgotten: Betty's last acting gigs were voicing tiger teething ring Bitey White in Toy Story 4 (pictured) as well as Sarah Vanderwhoozie in Trouble in 2019

Gone but not forgotten: Betty’s last acting gigs were voicing tiger teething ring Bitey White in Toy Story 4 (pictured) as well as Sarah Vanderwhoozie in Trouble in 2019

Legend: White last acted onscreen portraying Ms. Wilson in two episodes of Freeform sitcom Young & Hungry in 2017

Legend: White last acted onscreen portraying Ms. Wilson in two episodes of Freeform sitcom Young & Hungry in 2017

The doc features insights from Ryan Reynolds, Tina Fey, Robert Redford, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Jay Leno, Carol Burnett, Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel, Valerie Bertinelli, James Corden, Wendie Malick, and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

‘We know we have managed to find out almost anything that exists, but nobody knows what happens at that moment when it’s over’ Betty told New York Times columnist Frank Bruni in 2012.

‘It’s the one secret that we don’t know. So whenever we would lose somebody very close and very dear, my mother would always say, “Well, now he knows the secret.” And it took the curse off of it somehow. I have no fear or dread of death. [But] I’m happy as a lark to stay around as long as I can.’

Hitting US theaters January 17! The Illinois-born, Hollywood-raised icon will next be honored in the star-studded documentary Betty White: A Celebration

Hitting US theaters January 17! The Illinois-born, Hollywood-raised icon will next be honored in the star-studded documentary Betty White: A Celebration



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