Betty White! That name brings a smile to many faces. If you are one who doesn’t know who she is, you may be living under a rock. She has been in the entertainment industry since 1939 and is still going strong today. Let’s explore her life and career:
Betty White Ludden was born in Oak Park, Illinois.
Betty White was born on January 17, 1922 in Oak Park, Illinois. She was the youngest of three children born to Charles and Myrtle Ludden. Her father was a lamp salesman who sold lamps for Montgomery Ward and her mother was a housewife. Betty lived with her parents until they divorced when she was 10 years old; after this, she moved with her mother to California and then Arizona before returning to live with her father as he remarried later that same year.
Once back in Illinois in 1927, Betty began attending Glendale High School where she became involved in theater productions at school (and would continue to be involved throughout high school). She graduated high school at age 16 and subsequently attended Northwestern University where she majored in drama but dropped out two years later when another actress needed someone who looked like her for a play that required two girls that were identical twins—and thusly got Betty’s part!
Betty White started her career by doing radio voice over.
- Betty White started her career as a radio announcer in the 1930s. In the 1940s, she was a voice over actress and did voice work for commercials.
- From 1950 to 1970, she again worked as a voice over actress in television commercials and shows.
Betty White started her acting career on the television show Life with Elizabeth.
Betty White’s acting career began in the 1940s, when she was a radio actress. She went on to appear on shows like The Phil Silvers Show, which ran from 1955 to 1959, and then The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which ran from 1970 to 1977. In 1975, White won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
She has also been nominated for five Golden Globes over the course of her career: once for Life with Elizabeth (1955), once for Girlfriends (2000), twice for Hot in Cleveland (2012 and 2013) and once again for Hot in Cleveland (2014).
Betty White has been in several movies.
Betty White has been in over 50 movies, and many of them are pretty good.
- The Proposal: In this 2009 Sandra Bullock rom-com, Betty plays a wealthy grandmother who is taken as an illegal immigrant. She and her granddaughter, played by Ryan Reynolds, end up bonding together over their shared love of hot yoga and murder mysteries.
- The Last Picture Show: In 1971’s The Last Picture Show, Betty plays a woman who lives in the small town of Anarene with her husband (Sam Waterston) and daughter (Cybill Shepherd). They live a quiet life until they meet up with two other characters (Jeff Bridges and Ben Johnson) from neighboring communities who show up on their doorstep one day looking for work at the local movie theater. Over time, these three relationships become intertwined as each character comes to terms with their own individual struggles through each other’s friendship. This film won awards for Best Supporting Actress for Cybill Shepherd and Best Supporting Actor for Ben Johnson but was snubbed when it came to nominations for any other categories including Best Picture!
Betty White was on a game show called Password with Allen Ludden.
Password is a game show that aired from 1961 to 1967, with one revival in 1979. It was hosted by Allen Ludden and was based on the word association game Pictionary. A panel of celebrities would have to guess the password given by the contestants. For example, if contestants were given the word “cat” they could say things like “feline” or “fluffy”.
The show’s first season featured White as a celebrity who wasn’t involved in any of the challenges; she was also an announcer for some of these episodes. In later seasons, White became an official player on Password as well as several other game shows produced by Goodson-Todman Productions including What’s My Line?
Betty White is active with many groups, such as Los Angeles Zoo Association, Morongo Basin Historical Society, and Friends of Animals.
Betty White is active with many groups, such as Los Angeles Zoo Association and Friends of Animals. She has been a member of the Morongo Basin Historical Society since 1989, which is dedicated to promoting public interest in local history and encouraging historical preservation. In 2005, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 2012, White received the Screen Actor Guild Life Achievement Award. On February 14th 2013 she became the oldest person ever to host Saturday Night Live when she hosted an episode that was filled with references to her age (she was 88 at the time). She also appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in January 2016 where she joked about being able to walk up stairs without help after hip replacement surgery two years earlier—but only if there were three people helping her!
Four books written by Betty White have been published.
- If You Ask Me (1985)
- Betty White: If You Ask Me More (1988)
- Betty White: If You Ask Me Still More (1990)
- Betty White: If You Ask Me One More Thing (1997)
Betty White has won many awards for her career endeavors.
Betty White has won many awards for her career endeavors.
- Emmy Awards: Betty has been nominated for 17 Emmys over the years, and she’s won 7 of them. She won her first Emmy in 1975 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which was also nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series. She also won an Emmy in 1980 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series on Hot l Baltimore. Each year since then she’s been nominated at least once—and usually more than once—for an acting award or hosting award (or both).
- Golden Globes: Betty has been nominated 10 times by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, winning three times: Best Female TV Star (1979), Best Actress In A Television Series – Musical/Comedy (1990), and Best Actor In A Television Series – Musical/Comedy (1993).
- Saturn Awards: These awards honor science fiction films, but they’re one of several “genre” categories that recognize the best work from television shows as well as film projects. Betty White has been nominated 6 times over the years; she’s won twice!
There are many interesting things to know about this famous actor and animal enthusiast!
If you’re an animal lover, then this is the person for you! Betty White has been a vegan since 1989, which means she doesn’t eat anything that comes from animals. She has also protested against circuses that use animals.
She married Allen Ludden in 1975 and they stayed married until his death in 1981. Betty then got married again to Wall Street banker Jay Johnson in 1982 and they were together until 2000.
Betty has been on television since 1949 when she got her first part as “Mary Jane” on The Phil Silvers Show. Since then she has had many roles in TV shows like The Golden Girls and Hot in Cleveland where she plays as Elka Ostrovsky-Weissberg who owns a house with three other older women who are friends with her because their husbands left them for younger women!
We hope this article has given you a better sense of who Betty White is! She may be known for her acting and animal rights activism, but it’s important to remember that she also has a family life and personal interests outside of those things. As you can see from the list above, there are lots of interesting facts about Betty White that many people don’t know—but now you do!
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