The legendary television actress, best known for starring in iconic sitcoms The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Golden ladies, died December 31, just embarrassed on his 100th birthday. Vicki Scaman, president of the Village of Oak Park, said TMZ that while White moved to California at a young age, the city of Illinois would celebrate the television icon on his birthday from here, citing his continued high admiration for the village.
More than a public memorial and proclamation reading, Oak Park businesses plan to celebrate “Betty White Day” with a variety of discounts and “Betty White specials.” Hot dog joint Mickey’s Drive-In will offer White’s favorite food-hot dogs, fries, and Diet Coke-while Turano Bakery plans to make a giant birthday cake for the late actress. Scaman also detailed a White mural contest, where the winning mural will be painted in downtown Oak Park.
“Betty White Day” isn’t the only celebration made for the late comedian, who has worked in television for eight decades. Betty White: A Celebration, a film originally intended to celebrate its 100th birthday, will be released in theaters on Jan. 17 as planned, albeit under different circumstances. Directed by Steve Boettcher and Mike Trinklein, the film features White’s final on-screen interview, as well as tributes from Ryan Reynolds, Tina Fey, Robert Redford, and more.