Beautiful ‘last photo’ of Betty White released to mark 100th birthday: ‘Radiant and happy as ever’

Betty White smiles at the camera while wearing a light yellow patterned top

Betty White’s assistant shared “one of the last photos” of the late Golden Girls star to mark what would have been her 100th birthday.

Monday (17 January) would have been Betty White’s centenary, and the day saw a fresh wave of tributes to the actor, who passed away on 31 December.

To mark the date, her assistant, Kiersten, shared a new photo of White to her official Facebook page.

The photo, which was taken on 20 December, is believed to be “one of the last photos” of White.

“She was radiant and beautiful and as happy as ever,” Kiersten wrote. “Thanks to all of you who are doing kind things today and every day to make the world a better place.”

In the photo, White wore a bright green outfit and patterned jacket with a full face of make-up and a bright smile.

Niagara Falls also paid tribute to Betty White by lighting up both the Canadian and American waterfalls in white.

Google also honoured White by way of a heartfelt hidden Easter egg.

Searching Betty White’s name on Google brought up an animation of rose petals floating down the screen – a nod to Rose, White’s character from the Golden Girls.

The shower of pixelated rose petals was followed by the words: “Thank you for being a friend, 1922-2021.”

A documentary which has long been in the making to mark White’s centenary, Betty White: A Celebration, has also revealed the late LGBT+ ally’s final on-camera appearance.

The documentary had a one-day theatrical run on what would have been her 100th birthday.

In it, White shared an emotional message with her fans, thanking them for celebrating her special day.

“I just wanted to thank you for coming to my party,” White said in a recorded message from her home. “I also want to thank you for all the support you give me. Thank you so much… I’m remembered.”

According to EW, Kiersten’s final photo of White was taken on the same day that she filmed the introduction for the documentary.