When a woman reaches a certain age, she is expected to quietly retire and enjoy whatever years she has left.
White is an icon of the television age. She has been on our screens for more than seventy years, entertaining audiences of multiple generations.
My favorite roles of hers are Sue Ann Nivens from The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls. I love the contrast between the characters. Sue Ann may appear to be sugary sweet, but she has a bite that is completely unexpected. Rose Nyland is one of the nicest people you would ever meet. That being said, she isn’t the brightest bulb in the box.
One of my favorite blessing of my faith is the following:
“May you live until 120.”
Though White is not quite there yet, the fact that she is 99 and still ticking is an inspiration to us. Happy Birthday.