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The life of Betty White

At 98, she’s had one of Hollywood longest — and loved — careers. There's only one Betty White.

A television legend whose brought laughs over generations

Betty Marion White was born in Oak Park, Illinois on January 17, 1922. At 2, she moved with her family to Los Angeles. She performed in high school plays and was an advocate for animals from a young age. At 27, she got her big TV break on disc jockey Al Jarvis’ live variety show, Hollywood on Television.

One of Hollywood’s first woman producers At 30, she co-founded Bandy Productions and became one of Hollywood's first woman producers. She wrote and starred in Life with Elizabeth and won her first Emmy for the show in 1952. She then landed her own daytime show, The Betty White Show. She married for the third time by tying the know with TV host Allen Ludden. At 51, she starred in the Mary Tyler Moore Show as Sue Ann Nivens, a role that became hugely popular and won her 2 more Emmys. In 1981, after 18 years of marriage, Allan died of cancer.

Her biggest hit At 63, she landed the biggest hit of her career, playing Rose Nyland on The Golden Girls, a show about 3 widows and a divorcee who share a home in Miami. White won an Emmy Award and was nominated every year through all 7 seasons the show ran. In 2010, at 88, she won a SAG Life Achievement Award. That same year, she won the hearts of a new generation after starring in a hit Super Bowl commercial. This led to a successful Facebook campaign signed by hundreds of thousands of fans to have her host Saturday Night Live. At 88, White became the oldest person to host SNL. She won an Emmy for it.

A beloved American actress, comedian, author, and devoted advocate for animal In 2012, She received the National Humanitarian Medal from the American Humane Association for her lifelong dedication to animal rights. At 98, she’s had one of Hollywood longest careers, winning 8 Emmys and a Grammy.

“I'm the oldest woman in Hollywood, but not the hottest. I hate to say it, but it hasn't been a resurgence. I don't know how to tell you, but I've never gone away. I've been working in this wonderful business for 63 years now and I'm so lucky to be as busy as I am.”

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02/07/2020 10:57 AMupdated: 02/10/2020 2:52 PM

2430 comments

  • Carol H.
    11 hours

    Awesome lady.

  • Summer B.
    3 days

    Betty White warms my heart. She is a true treasure to us all. 💕💕💕

  • Kathryn S.
    5 days

    Beautiful Betty White!!

  • Dian A.
    6 days

    Betty White, American 🇺🇸 Treasure. Young or older, she’s been always beautiful. May the Lord Bless her with the longest, healthiest, and happiest life Possible.🙏🙏🙏👶❤️🌠🌠🌠🌠🌠😊

  • Cyndee S.
    09/12/2021 22:09

    Betty is one of the best!!! She has had an illustrious career and has always been so funny in the roles she’s played. Her work as an animal activist is one that has lasted 98 years to date and as long as she’s around, she will continue. She has done so much for animals. I love her so, so much. I still watch the re-runs of “The Golden Girls” and laugh as hard now as the first time I saw them. She truly is the best. I’m happy I was able to be around at the same time. Love you Betty. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Ravenbrook T.
    09/12/2021 17:34

    🥺🥰

  • Corbett S.
    09/12/2021 05:02

    I pretty much grew up watching The Golden Girls.

  • Juliet G.
    09/11/2021 21:31

    Beautiful lady

  • Dottie M.
    09/11/2021 14:45

    I Dearly Love You Betty White. What a Beautiful Blessing you are. 😘🙏💖

  • Ruben G.
    09/05/2021 18:07

    Miss America 🇺🇸 We love you Miss Betty!

  • Andrea L.
    09/05/2021 03:01

    Absolutely love her and watch her on Match Game on Game Show Network ❤️❤️❤️

  • Rebecca B.
    09/05/2021 02:42

    Absolutely love Betty… she is and always will be a class act! Beautiful.. funny.. & talented… we are so blessed to have had her in our lives!

  • Sharon H.
    09/03/2021 16:49

    Love you sweet Lady!

  • Marvin C.
    09/02/2021 15:10

    I love u Betty White

  • Marilyn A.
    09/01/2021 05:24

    Always loved her. So is great 😊

  • Wilma H.
    08/30/2021 16:36

    Love you Betty

  • Tresea H.
    08/30/2021 00:49

    Love this lady. Witty funny kind truly straight with people which is rare and beautiful inside and out. So glad I grew up watching you , your a absolute treasure.

  • June S.
    08/29/2021 07:38

    Beautiful inside & out! Makes me smile. America's true sweetheart!

  • Amy W.
    08/27/2021 15:50

    Such a good actress

  • Gulzar W.
    08/27/2021 06:17

    Adore her..