Iconic actress and comedian Betty White passed away on Friday, her agent Jeff Witjas confirmed to Spectrum News. White, who was 99 years old, would have celebrated her 100th birthday on Jan. 17.
The beloved actress shared a celebratory message with her admired Instagram fans on social media. “Will you believe it?! Today is my 99th birthday, which means I can stay up all night without asking,” she wrote.
She also announced the re-release of the talk show series “Pets” she hosted in 1971. The series was produced by White and her late husband Alan Luden, and features White’s celebrity friends such as Burt Reynolds, Jimmy Stewart, James Brolin, and their pets.
Who is Jeff Witjas? Betty White’s agent Jeff Witjas confirms her dead
“I am also happy to tell you that my long-lost series is re-released fifty years later! I am very proud of the’pet suit’,” she wrote. “I hope everyone is well and stay safe. We will get through it.” According to the deadline, Pet Set is scheduled to be re-released on Apple TV, Google Play and Prime Video on February 23.
White is an animal lover. According to Variety, she is the trustee of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association. The award-winning actress told the Associated Press that she plans to celebrate her birthday at her home in Los Angeles and feed her ducks.
She said she is also looking forward to her old friend and talent agent Jeff Witjas (Jeff Witjas) visiting with a bouquet of roses. Later that day, she plans to eat hot dogs and French fries provided by Witjas, and may stay up late to chat with her friends.
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Jeff Witjas is Betty White’s long-term agent and friend. He was born in Brooklyn, New York. Witjas is a talent agent based in Beverly Hills, California. He is the senior vice president of the Performing Arts Agency (APA), a talent and literary organization that represents artists in the entertainment industry.
He studied at Bowling Green State University, majoring in political science and minoring in philosophy. He also attended the Western State Legislative College of Westcliff University.
As early as 2015, White awarded Witjas the Talent Agency Lifetime Achievement Award at the 13th Annual Heller Awards of the Association of Talent Managers, which was held in Hyatt Century Plaza.
The annual Heller Award of the Association of Talent Managers recognizes off-screen participants in the entertainment industry that have made significant contributions to the entertainment industry, such as talent managers, agents, and casting directors.
White described Vijas as a “dear friend” and “an excellent broker who understands the business and knows what he is doing.” She said that having Witjas as her agent and friend made her “the luckiest old man on the planet.”