Living and Giving

We\’re We’re Celebrating Her 99th Birthday Today  – Betty White

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“If one has no sense of humor, one is in trouble.”

-Betty White

American Actress, Comedian, Author,

and Animal Rights Advocate

She is an icon in the acting entertainment industry, and she is also an icon in her own right – just for being Betty White. 

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She has been acting since the age of 8 and has performed phenomenal comedic roles throughout her life.  Her timing is impeccable – she brings such light and joy to all the series she’s been a part of!    Some of her TV programs are The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls, and Saturday Night Live. 

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Betty White had other career designs, and she almost chose another path!  We almost lost her to the foreign service, her first dream job.  But…they didn’t accept women.  After her rejection from the foreign service, she moved to radio and television.  We are all the benefactors of it.

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Thank you to Betty White for being such a kind person, a joyful person, a lovely person.  You have provided us so much joy and entertainment.  We are grateful to you!

Thank you for Living and Giving,

\"Pamela

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Betty White

Betty Marion White Ludden (born January 17, 1922) is an American actress, comedian, author, and animal rights advocate.  Widely regarded as a pioneer of television, with an entertainment career spanning over nine decades, White was one of the first women to exert control in front of and behind the camera.  She is recognized as the first woman to produce a sitcom (Life with Elizabeth), which contributed to her receiving the honorary title Mayor of Hollywood in 1955.[5] She is also widely known for her roles as Sue Ann Nivens on the CBS sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1973–1977), Rose Nylund on the NBC sitcom The Golden Girls (1985–1992), and Elka Ostrovsky on the TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland (2010–2015).

White\’s career began over 90 years ago in 1930, when at eight years old she made her debut on radio programing. She found work as a personality in the medium in Los Angeles before transitioning to television under guidance of disk jockey Al Jarvis. A staple panelist of American game shows such as Password, Match Game, Tattletales, To Tell the Truth, The Hollywood Squares and The $25,000 Pyramid, White has been dubbed \”the first lady of game shows\”, and became the first woman to receive a Daytime Emmy Award, winning the award for Outstanding Game Show Host in 1983 for the show Just Men! She is also known for her appearances on The Bold and the Beautiful, Boston Legal, The Carol Burnett Show, and Saturday Night Live.

With a television career spanning over 8 decades, White has worked longer in that medium than anyone else in the television industry, for which she was awarded a Guinness World Record in 2018.  White has received eight Emmy Awards in various categories, three American Comedy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and a Grammy Award.  She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and is a 1985 Television Hall of Fame inductee.

Betty married twice before meeting the love of her life, game show host Allen Ludden. 

In 1961, Betty, then 39, met Allen, a widower and father of three, when she appeared as a contestant on his popular game show, Password. Betty was \”going steady\” with someone else at the time and didn\’t really see a future for herself in New York, where Allen filmed his show, but nevertheless, the two quickly fell in love, she told TV Legends. Despite the fact that Betty refused his proposal twice, Allen persisted, even wearing the engagement ring on a chain around his neck until she finally agreed to marry him. The two were married in 1963.

It seemed that Betty had found her happily ever after, enjoying 18 years of wedded bliss, until 1981 when Allen sadly passed away from stomach cancer. When asked if she would ever consider marrying again, Betty has maintained for years that she has no desire for a fourth husband. \”Once you\’ve had the best, who needs the rest?\” she told the Daily Mail in 2011. \”I made two mistakes before Allen, but the love of your life doesn\’t come along in every life, so I am very grateful that I found him.\”

Looking back on her relationships, Betty knew Allen was the one. \”I had 18 wonderful years with Allen Ludden,\” she told Piers Morgan. \”The first two were rehearsals.\”

SOURCE:  WIKIPEDIA.  www.countryliving.com  Fig¹.  Photo from apnews.com Fig².  Photo from www.biography.com  Fig³.  Photo from www.usmagazine.com