Betty White

Betty White

TV Actress

Betty Marion White was an American actress and comedian. A pioneer of early television with a career spanning almost seven decades, she was noted for her vast body of work in entertainment and for being one of the first women to work both in front of and behind the camera.

Full Name
Betty Marion White Ludden
Jan 17, 1922
Dec 31, 2021
5′ 4″
Net Worth


Betty White was born in Oak Park, Illinois on January 17, 1922. Her zodiac sign is Capricorn and her ethnicity is Caucasian. She was the only child of Tess and Horace White. Her mother was a homemaker who became a film financier, while her father ran a stationery store and later worked in the real estate business.

White began her career as a radio actress in 1939. She made numerous appearances on various radio shows such as “The Great Gildersleeve” and “This Is Your FBI” before making her television debut in 1949 with “Hollywood On Television”. In 1950, she landed her first regular role on the sitcom “Life With Elizabeth”. For the next decade, she appeared in several other television programs like “The Jack Benny Program”, “My Little Margie” and “Date With The Angels”. She also appeared in films such as Alfred Hitchcock's “Rear Window” (1954) and starred alongside Rock Hudson in “Pillow Talk” (1959). 

In the 1960s White had roles on several popular television comedies, including “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and its spin-off series “The Golden Girls” which earned her multiple Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series throughout the late 80s and early 90s. During this time she also hosted the game show “Password Plus” from 1979 to 1982 and then again from 1984 to 1989.

White is an animal rights activist and has been honored with multiple awards for her work with animals over the years, including being named an honorary director of the Los Angeles Zoo Association in 2003. She has also received numerous honors for her acting career, including being inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1995. To this day she remains one of Hollywood's most beloved actresses with many fans still watching reruns of some her classic TV shows.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1922</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Betty White is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On January 17, 1922, Betty White was born in Oak Park, Illinois.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1939</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Makes TV Debut</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Makes her television debut on a local Los Angeles show called ‘Hollywood on Television’.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1950</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Marrys Allen Ludden</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Betty marries TV host Allen Ludden and they remain married until his death in 1981.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1966</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">The Mary Tyler Moore Show</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Joins the cast of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” as Sue Ann Nivens, a role she would play for seven years.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1977</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">The Golden Girls Premieres</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Betty stars in the hit sitcom “The Golden Girls” alongside Rue McClanahan, Bea Arthur and Estelle Getty.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2010</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Receives Lifetime Achievement Award</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Receives a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2018</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Receives SAG Life Achievement Award</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Receives the SAG Life Achievement Award at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> She's an Amazing Actress</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Betty White has had a long and successful career in television. She has starred in some of the most iconic shows, such as The Golden Girls, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Hot in Cleveland. Her talent and wit have made her a beloved figure in television for generations.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> She's a Positive Influence</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Betty White is always encouraging others to be their best selves and to follow their dreams. She is a great influence on young people and is always looking out for their best interests. Her positive attitude is contagious and makes those around her strive to do better.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> She's Entertaining</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Betty White is always entertaining with her unique sense of humor. Whether she's performing stand up comedy or hosting game shows, Betty White always leaves audiences laughing. Even at 96 years old, she continues to bring joy to audiences around the world.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> Oldest Host of SNL</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Betty White is the oldest person to ever host Saturday Night Live, at age 88 in 2010.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> She Has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Betty White was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1988 for her contributions to television and film.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> First Woman to Win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Betty White was the first woman to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host for her work on "The Betty White Show" in 1983.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Longest Career in TV</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Betty White has had one of the longest careers in television, with over 80 years in show business.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Honorary Golden Globe Winner</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 2012, Betty White was awarded an honorary Golden Globe for her lifetime achievements in entertainment.</p></div>


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