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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
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  • Ida S.
    15 hours

    My Great grandchildren love her too

  • Claire B.
    16 hours

    I enjoyed her in the Golden Girls, love her to bits.

  • Nancy G.
    19 hours

    God Bless You Betty White❤️🙏. I just adore you, you make people happy, you love animals, and anyone that loves animals must be great! You also look like my grandma ❤️

  • Jen W.
    19 hours

    She doesn't look 98 years old! Love her!

  • Janet B.
    a day

    ❤️🙏

  • Brett C.
    a day

    Betty smell youre sweat

  • Sandra O.
    a day

    Love you Betty!

  • Kiddy H.
    a day

    I love you Betty White❣️❣️💕❤️

  • Cynthia Z.
    a day

    Such a loving woman inside&out.Thank You for all you do for the animals&for entertaining us

  • Brenda F.
    a day

    I love Betty White she is a treasure ❤️

  • Ginger F.
    2 days

    Love Her ...., ❤.....When she goes, ALL of America will mourn I imagine ....

  • Nancy C.
    2 days

    Love Betty

  • Sara B.
    2 days

    She is a very talented actress and a special lady.

  • Diane H.
    2 days

    Love her!

  • Gail B.
    2 days

    Betty your the best! Love you!

  • Arlene A.
    2 days

    She's everything I love in a person! She's real, funny, caring and an animal lover!!! Be healthy and happy always sweet Ms. White! ❤️

  • Lois W.
    2 days

    We both are so Blessed to have Found the Love of our Life before it ended,most women don’t 🙏🏻🤗😘🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

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    2 days

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  • Penny J.
    3 days

    Such a fabulous lady❤️🙏🏻

  • Kae H.
    3 days

    😊💖👍