Betty White made a big impression on her "Hot in Cleveland" co-star Valerie Bertinelli.
The two appeared in the TV Land sitcom for six seasons from 2010-2015 alongside Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick.
Bertinelli, Leeves and Malick played three aging Los Angeles natives who decide to stay in Cleveland, where they are still considered hot after their flight to Paris makes an emergency landing. The trio rents a home with a cookie cutter played by White.
When the comedy legend passed away on December 31, Bertinelli honored his teammate with a loving message on Twitter that bubbled over how "bright" the sky must be now that White has arrived.
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In a new interview with Extra, the actress opened up about her late co-star and how she celebrated what would have been White's 100th birthday this Monday.
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"Well, I went to bed at 6 o'clock because I was going to get up at 3 o'clock. So I wanted a vodka on the rocks with a hot dog, so I do it in her honor tonight," she said, referring to White's famous adoration of the simple meal.
"I think of her all the time," Bertinelli continued. "I mean, when I look at my animals, she named two of my pets, so she's just always around me, always."
White was famously an animal lover.
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"You know it's always harder for us because we're left behind, but I'm so happy for her because I know she's with me. [husband] Allen [Ludden]Bertinelli whispered, "I know she's with all the animals that went before her. I know she's literally in heaven. She absolutely is. "
The star also talked about the death of her ex-husband, Eddie Van Halen, who died in 2020. The two remained very close after their split and she was with the rocker in his last moments.
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"It was really hard, and if I can give a little bit of wisdom to anyone, then it's treating someone like you'll never see them again and telling them how you feel about them because you just do not know when, when is the last time you see them, "she told me.
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