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.”


02/07/2020 10:57 AMupdated: 02/10/2020 2:52 PM
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  • Marilyn T.
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    She's the best, always enjoyed her performances. She puts her honesty out there. A genuine person we can relate to. In a sense she kinda reminds me of Barbara Bush, in appearance and always in charge with good values.

  • Teresa A.
    a day

    LOVE LOVE LOVE ❤️❤️❤️ you Ms. Betty White!

  • Cante L.
    2 days

    Love her.

  • Linda D.
    2 days

    I always thought she is so pretty! I’ve always liked her.

  • Lidia U.
    2 days

    I loved her in the movie, The Proposal. 💜

  • Janine C.
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    I even liked her as Sue Ann Nevin on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! She was a man chasing floozy always chasing Lou Grant! She is sweet and funny but she would turn on you on a dime and she is not as dumb as you think she is!

  • Stephanie G.
    2 days

    We love you Betty. The world truly is a better place with you in it. You're a gem, a national treasure. ❤

  • Lois C.
    2 days

    We're lucky to have you in our live!!

  • Cindy K.
    2 days

    We will be lost without your Outstanding, positive attitude. I hope you can read how "loved"you are.

  • Cindy K.
    2 days

    It's going to be hard when You are no longer with us. You are Golden.

  • Kathy C.
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    Love her❤❤❤

  • Pamela S.
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    We love you Betty..... always and forever... Dont forget Hot in Cleveland , Off their rockers and the part of Steffy's Mom on the Bold & the beautiful.... Therr will never be as funny of a person as she... she is my all time favorite funny actress....

  • Tania K.
    2 days

    Love her everything a beautiful lady inside and out. ❤🌷

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  • Linda-lou H.
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    She is such a big hearted classy woman....God bless you Betty White...❤

  • Elizabeth W.
    2 days

    She is a great preformer

  • Terri R.
    2 days

    I just love her.

  • Agnes K.
    3 days

    beautiful Lady 🤗

  • Silvia M.
    3 days

    Absolutely love her!!

  • Debie C.
    3 days

    She still beautiful as ever