LSU theatre grad remembers former colleague ‘Betty White’


FILE – Actress Betty White poses for a portrait following her appearance on the television talk show “In the House,” in Burbank, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009. Betty White, whose saucy, up-for-anything charm made her a television mainstay for more than 60 years, has died. She was 99. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- After the recent passing of Hollywood actress Betty White, many fans and love ones share their public condolences, including Louisiana State University (LSU) theatre grad Nathan Frizzell—who remembers the star as they worked together on the sitcom “Hot in Cleveland.”

After many auditions, classes and television gigs aspiring actor Nathan Frizzell landed a recurring role on White’s last Television series, “Hot in Cleveland.

Frizzell describes the cast of the hit series as “tight knit” and an “extended family” which he says is rare in the industry. He said working with the iconic actress left a lasting impression on his career.

“Meeting Betty for the first time was really thrilling, said Frizzell. “Before I could even start gushing over her she was welcoming me to the show, asking me if I had a good time and gave me the most genuine hug. That she made it a point to be so gracious was truly a highlight for me.”

The Hollywood star passed away on Friday Dec. 31, 2021 at the age 99-years-old.

“When I found out about her death, I was actually taken aback by how emotional I got. Betty really did feel like a grandmother,” said Frizzell. “Maybe it was because she reminded me a lot of both of my grandmothers and because I had grown up watching her on “The Golden Girls.” Getting to work with her and spend time with her was no disappointment. It feels like I’d lost someone special to me. I don’t really get that way with celebrities, even ones I’ve worked with. But Betty was different.”

“I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to be in her presence for a short while. She was a lovely person and a legendary talent. It’s not easy to find both,” he added.

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