The life of Betty White

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

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.”


02/07/2020 10:57 AMupdated: 02/10/2020 2:52 PM
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  • Narelle K.
    15 hours

    A funny lady😂😂😂😂🥰

  • Donetta V.
    15 hours

    Love you BETTY! You are an excellent actress and wonderful person. Prays your are saved ready for Heaven.

  • Patti M.
    18 hours

    Love this woman! She inspired me daily, I pray that I can be this resilient , on my way at 74! Thank you Betty White!

  • Rosemary G.
    19 hours

    Wonderful woman!!!🥂👏👏

  • KAy K.
    20 hours

    Figured she was an Illinois girl from suburban Chicago! Happy Birthday!

  • Diane F.
    21 hours

    She is great

  • Val T.
    a day

    My daddy is 98 yrs. old too.👍👍🇺🇸👍👍🙂

  • Diana S.
    a day

    Love this lady LOVE LOVE

  • Nancy C.
    a day

    Got to love Betty White! What an amazing woman. She wears her heart on the outside. ❤️

  • Bobbie F.
    a day

    I love you lady!!! And ur a true lady and I'm totally with you on the animals!!

  • Robert F.
    2 days

    Can't but love her

  • Peter G.
    2 days

    She’s a national treasure! It’ll be heartbreaking when we lose her❣️So let’s enjoy every minute we have with her…

  • Patricia B.
    2 days

    Absolutely love her 😊

  • Eleanor W.
    2 days

    She is still so pretty.

  • Maryanne D.
    2 days

    Love you, Betty!

  • Fran C.
    2 days

    An American treasure.

  • Vera G.
    2 days

    Love her..Will be seeing her in Heaven.

  • Elizabeth A.
    2 days

    You bring immeasurable love and light into this world! Thank you for being you and sharing your amazing gifts with all of us! Big hugs!

  • Gayle A.
    2 days

    Love your work..Thankyou..

  • Donna J.
    2 days

    Amazing woman.