Betty Marion White Ludden is an American actress, comedian, author and animal rights activist. Widely regarded as a television pioneer, with an entertainment career spanning more than nine decades, White was one of the first women to be in front of and behind the camera. She was born on January 17th, 1922, in Oak Park, Illinois, to Christine Tess and Horace Logan White. During the Great Depression her family moved to Alhambra, California and then Los Angeles. She began in radio and in 1949 began to appear on the television variety show Hollywood on Television.
Betty holds the Guinness record for the longest TV career a female has ever had, starting all the way back in 1939.
Betty White’s father was an electrical engineer and her mother was a homemaker.
According to Yahoo Finance, she has a networth of $75 million.
The first television show that Betty White’s produced and appeared in was a comedy titled Life with Elizabeth. Betty starred in the show and won a Regional Los Angeles Emmy for it in 1952.
In 1995, Betty was rightfully inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame to honor her work on the likes of The Golden Girls and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
Life with Elizabeth was the first television show to be produced by a woman who was also starring in it.
She was nominated for three Emmys for her work on Mary Tyler Moore, winning two of them, according to Encyclopedia Brittanica.
Betty White hosted the daily talk show The Betty White Show in 1954.
After starring in a humorous Super Bowl commercial in 2010, fans petitioned that she host Saturday Night Live, according to the Encyclopedia Brittanica.
In 1957-58 Betty White appeared as Vicki Angel in the show Date with the Angels.
She’s the oldest person to Host SNL at 88 years old.
In 1962 Betty White appeared as Kansas Senator Elizabeth Ames Adams in the movie Advise & Consent. This would be her only film role for decades, despite being well received for her performance.
She was first cast to play Blanche on The Golden Girls; however, producers switched her role to Rose.
In 1973 Betty White appeared in guest spots on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. She was soon given the regular role of Sue Ann Nivens, also known as The Happy Homemaker.
Betty White joined the Voluntary Services of the American Women.
Betty White received both her second and third Emmy’s from her role on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
Betty has won six Emmy Awards and received 18 Emmy nominations during her career, which has spanned over sixty-five years.
In 1977 Betty White got her own show for the second time in her career – The Betty White Show. It remained on the air for only one season.
Betty White has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame alongside the star for her late husband, Allen Ludden.
Betty White appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson several times as well as on The Carol Burnett Show multiple times.
In 1995, Betty White was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame.
Betty White also appeared in With This Ring, The Gossip Columnist, Before and After, and The Best Place to Be.
In the early 1950s, she launched her first television series, Life with Elizabeth, which she developed with George Tibbles.
Betty White won a Daytime Emmy Award in 1983 for Outstanding Game Show Host for Just Men. She was the first woman to win that award.
In addition to her work in Hot in Cleveland, she also hosts Betty White’s Off Their Rockers.
Betty White went on to play Ellen Harper Jackson on Mama’s Family in the 1980s.
When she met President Barack Obama at the White House in 2012, she spent half an hour with the presidential dog, Bo, on her lap.
Betty White took on the role of Rose Nyland in the Golden Girls in 1985, which ran until 1992 and for which she won another Emmy.
In the first 24 hours after Betty White’s Twitter account launched, she amassed 118,000 followers.
Betty appeared in many more television series in guest roles and the soap opera The Bold and the beautiful.
She was one of the women nominated in the Emmy category for female performers in 1950.
In 2010 Betty White began to play Elka Ostrovsky in the show Hot in Cleveland. The show ran for 128 episodes until 2015.
Betty White was one of the first women to have full creative control of her own TV show (Life With Elizabeth, which she co-created, produced, and starred in while she was still living at home with her parents).
Betty White has been married three times, to Dick Barker, Lane Allen, and Allen Luden.
Being the first woman to produce a sitcom led to her becoming the honorary mayor of Hollywood in 1955.
Betty White has won a Grammy, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, eight Emmy Awards, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.