Betty White to be honored with a primetime special on NBC

Betty White
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Betty White would have celebrated her 100th birthday on January 17.

The “Golden Girls” star passed away on December 31 at the age of 99, just a few weeks shy of the centennial milestone.

However, celebrations of her life will continue on throughout the month of January.

NBC revealed that it will honor the American icon with a primetime special titled “Celebrating Betty White: America’s Golden Girl,” which will air on Monday, January 31 at 10/9c.

The hour-long special will feature friends and stars coming together to pay tribute to the TV legend and animal rights advocate. Participants making an appearance will be announced at a later date.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, there will also be curated clips that spotlight her “irreverent tone, spirit and impeccable comedic timing that are a hallmark of her decades-long career.”

A pioneer in television, White’s most memorable roles include the witty Sue Ann Nivens on the long-running “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” the sweet Rose Nylund in the groundbreaking series “The Golden Girls,” recurring roles on “Boston Legal,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” and “Hot in Cleveland," and appearances on “Bones,” “Community,” and “Young and Hungry.”

She also appeared in several movies, including “The Proposal,” “You Again,” “The Lost Valentine,” and “Annie’s Point.”

The comedian had more than 100 acting credits to her name, was a six-time Emmy winner, and became the oldest host of “Saturday Night Live” in 2010.

At the time, she told Newsweek it was “the scariest thing I've ever done. It was really funny stuff, but it was a challenge."

Despite her death, a movie event called “Betty White: 100 Years Young -- A Birthday Celebration” to celebrate White’s 100th birthday will move forward as planned.

Organizers of the event to honor America’s sweetheart revealed that they hope the “film will provide a way for all who loved her to celebrate her life—and experience what made her such a national treasure.”

Tickets for the film are on-sale now!

Fans will also be able to see feature appearances from some of White’s famous friends, including Ryan Reynolds, Tina Fey, Robert Redford, Lin Manuel- Miranda, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Jay Leno, Carol Burnett, Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel, Valerie Bertinelli, James Corden, Wendy Malick, and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

The Hallmark Channel has also revealed it will pay tribute to White with a marathon of her work airing on Monday.

Beginning at midnight on the 17th, the Hallmark Channel will air a 40-episode marathon of “The Golden Girls." Fans will be able to watch curated episodes of the classic show until the 2011 Hallmark movie “The Lost Valentine,” starring White and Hewitt, airs at 8pm ET/PT. The "GG" marathon will resume following the movie and conclude on January 18 at 5:00 am ET/PT.

In addition, the Hallmark Channel will also participate in the viral Betty White Challenge by donating to the North Shore Animal League America.

The Betty White Challenge is a movement on social media where fans encourage others to donate to a local or national animal shelter, organization, or agency in White’s name to celebrate her birthday and the cause closest to her heart.

A report this week confirmed that White died from a stroke. The death certificate listed the cause of death as “a cerebrovascular accident,” which is a loss of blood flow to part of the brain that results in brain tissue damage. It reveals that she suffered the stroke six days before her death.

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