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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

2354 comments

  • Sue T.
    3 days

    Amazing lady!

  • Tonya S.
    3 days

    What a marvelous woman!

  • Carole R.
    06/11/2021 02:39

    My brother watched her show Life With Elizabeth every day. He had a big crush.

  • Lesley B.
    06/10/2021 21:17

    Love Betty White such an amazing woman who is still so beautiful inside and out.God bless you Betty for all you do and Yes for the animals xxxx

  • Lonnie S.
    06/08/2021 15:11

    LOVES ME SOME ❤ BETTY ❤

  • Michelle G.
    05/30/2021 18:02

    Love her

  • Mindy C.
    05/30/2021 04:06

    I think that Betty White is the greatest actress of all time.She is truly one of a kind.She has been my all time favorite actress.Kerp up the good work you do for all of the animals

  • Pamela W.
    05/27/2021 17:25

    I have LOVED, ADORED and ADMIRED Betty White for my entire adult life‼️🙌🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼🏆Hope she lives to be a very healthy 110!!! 🙏🏼🥰❤️

  • Kellee Q.
    05/26/2021 13:30

    She will outlive us all.

  • Janet S.
    05/25/2021 14:42

    What a treasure she is 🥰

  • Curt W.
    05/25/2021 11:54

    Amazing to think Betty is 99 looks great for 99 she is a living legend :)

  • Barb C.
    05/24/2021 15:59

    She is an extraordinary woman

  • Marsha K.
    05/20/2021 04:27

    I Love Betty White❤❤What a beautiful Lady inside & out❣& funny🤗🤗God Bless You🙏🙏🙏

  • Bobbie J.
    05/18/2021 15:58

    She is one of the best, funniest and good hearted people , not just in Hollywood but in in the world. I have enjoyed every thing she had ever been in, Golden Girls was the best.👏👏❤️

  • Linda R.
    05/18/2021 13:22

    Such a beautiful lady ❤️😊

  • Robyn B.
    05/12/2021 22:14

    Adore this lady. Her intelligence, wit, charm ,and compassion is inspiring♥️😎👏👍

  • Colleen R.
    05/10/2021 19:25

    U are wonderful!

  • Clarice C.
    04/25/2021 22:48

    A true legend and heroine of the highest order!

  • Jason R.
    04/08/2021 23:31

    Love you so much Rose. Thank you 4 being you xx

  • Dominique C.
    04/03/2021 06:22

    I LOVE AND ADORE BETTY. Like her I'm an animal lover . I have watched - and been a fan of - her since The Mary Tyler Moore show . GOD BLESS BETTY WHITE .