Betty White’s legacy in the entertainment lndustry

The Hollywood legend inspired performers and activists alike

Tra'sean Nichols, Arts & Culture Writer

With the recent passing of Betty White, it’s no surprise that she engraved her mark on the film industry, further inspiring generations to come. Her legacy will forever be remembered as she has helped shape what we see in modern media today. She passed away on December 31, at the age of 99 years old.

White first appeared in the media in 1931, and from there, she flourished in the industry. She has worked on several projects throughout her years, however, her most notable role was as Rose Nylund on “The Golden Girls.” She was also the host of “The Betty White Show.” Her final project was the 2019 movie “Trouble” on Netflix. Throughout her years of performing, she developed a character that her colleagues have grown to love. Her optimistic views have been showcased through the art of her acting.

White’s death left many in a state of shock. Not only was she very healthy and maintained an active life, but many fans were also anticipating her 100th birthday. Although she did recently pass, her legacy and inspiration are still around today. Perhaps most significantly, she was an inspiration to women everywhere as she took on the lead in many projects. During her time in the film industry, it wasn’t common for women to receive lead roles like White did. She showed that with hard work and dedication, anyone can accomplish anything. Although it is a cliché, she embodies this principle entirely. She was also an inspiration to many actors, not just fans. She was always happy, maintaining a positive mood on sets. Actors admire the pure optimism that she constantly possessed.

Although it’s sad that White has recently passed, her legacy will forever be remembered as she made an enormous impact on the industry.  It will continue to shape and reform based on the foundations that she left.