Pauley Perrette, star of NCIS, has paid tribute to iconic actress and screen legend Betty White, who d1ed this week at the age of 99.
Betty, a talk show host, sitcom star, and comedy legend, d1ed on New Year’s Eve, just 17 days before her 100th birthday. Many of her friends and colleagues have taken to social media to celebrate her decades-long career, including NCIS star Pauley Perrette, who posted a heartfelt message on Twitter on Friday.
In her touching eulogy to the late TV star, Pauley included a number of photos of herself with Betty.
“Oh #BettyWhite,” she began her post. I adore you.
“I appreciate you being such a positive role model for me. Thank you for your friendship.”
Betty and Pauley did not share the screen during Betty’s tenure on NCIS, but they became friends outside of the entertainment industry.
Betty was a well-known animal rights advocate in addition to her illustrious television career.
Both TV stars collaborated with the American Humane Hero Dog Awards, which recognize heroic dogs in fields such as guidance and hearing and search and rescue.
They co-presented at the Second Annual Hero Dog Awards in 2012, alongside Denise Richards, Joey Lawrence, Naomi Judd, Whoopi Goldberg, and Kristin Chenoweth.
In 2013, she told David Letterman, “It’s always me and Betty White.” We’re like, always together.”
Betty has championed animal rights since the 1970s and has worked with organizations such as The Morris Animal Foundation and African Wildlife Foundation in addition to the Dog Awards.
Betty and Pauley have been close friends since they met when the Dog Awards were founded over ten years ago, thanks to their shared love of the natural world.
“She’s fantastic, but I think she’s a clone,” the NCIS star joked during her Letterman interview.
“Because she has two TV shows, she attends every charity event I attend.”
“I believe there are at least six of her, and we just don’t know it.”
Betty was best known for her long and successful career on television, which spanned eight decades.
In addition to her most well-known role as Rose Nylund in The Golden Girls in 1985, she also appeared in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Hot in Cleveland, and The Bold and the Beautiful.
She also won five Primetime Emmys after being nominated 21 times in her career.
When they saw her new post, a number of Pauley’s followers responded in the comments with their own tributes to Betty’s influence.
“She was remarkable!” said Aimee Souders. On my birthday, she would have turned 100.
“I refer to us as birthday buddies. Her talent was magnificent. She was unique. RIP.”
Pauley will not be reprising her role as Abby Sciuto in NCIS, but the cr1me drama will continue its current season next week.
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