As others have said, Betty White is still alive and amazing for being 97 years old. She honestly is an American treasure, having worked in television since it’s inception, and in radio before that. Interestingly, she was asked to play Blanche Devereaux, a slightly slutty southern belle because of her previous risque role of Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. It ultimately went to Rue McClanahan as the producers decided to switch things up on The Golden Girls.
Rue McCLanahan, aka Blanche Devereaux, passed June 3, 2010 at 76, after suffering a brain hemorrhage. She had several health problems in the years leading up to her death. There was a restaurant that was decorated with many items a close friend had inherited after her death. The Manhattan eatery only stayed open for about a year before closing in 2017.