Betty White
November 27, 2009 AT 05:00 AM EST

May 13, 1922-April 25, 2009

Bea’s persona was very strong — she was usually the one who would be the last to laugh at a joke. But you never knew what would set her off into hysterics. We had a lot of fun on The Golden Girls and we would get the giggles from time to time. We were all pigeons for cracking up midscene, but Bea was the one to keep us together. When Bea went, she went so completely that she couldn’t pull herself back. One day we literally had to stop rehearsing and go home because we got to the same spot in the script and she would just crack up. And of course that sent us all crazy. When they have to send you home, you know it’s a breakup nobody can get through.

Arthur died of cancer in L.A.

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