She started on television in 1939 when it was still experimental, and performed on it into the 2010’s. And not a mean cell in her body.
I’m old enough to remember her before “Password,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” and “The Golden Girls.” She loved people, but her true cause was animal welfare, and the one and only time I saw her in person was when she was speaking at an event at the University of Colorado. She was in the lunch line along with everyone else, and I was working the catering line. I handed her a plate and her silverware, and she thanked me as if I’d just handed her a diamond.