Remembering Betty White


Beloved actress Betty White was born January 17, 1922, and passed away at the age of 99 on December 31, 2021.

White had the longest television career of any female entertainer and may be best known for playing Rose Nylund in The Golden Girls, which aired from 1985 to 1992. This show won several awards including the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series twice and three Golden Globes for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy. White won multiple awards for her role as Rose, including an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 1986. 

Before the Golden Girls, she played Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show for which she won multiple awards including two Emmy Awards.

More recently, she played Elka Ostrovsky in Hot in Cleveland, again winning multiple awards including two Screen Actors Guild Awards. 

Her 2011 autobiography If You Ask Me won her a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album. 

"I have no regrets at all. None. I consider myself to be the luckiest old broad on two feet." - Betty White, opens a new window

Betty White received many awards and honors over the years, not only for work in television but also for her work with animal organizations. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame, won a Humane Award from the American Veterinary Medical Association for her charitable work with animals, and the USDA Forest Service made her an honorary forest ranger. The list goes on and on. 

Her tips for living happily for almost a century? "Enjoy life. Accentuate the positive, not the negative. It sounds so trite, but a lot of people will pick out something to complain about, rather than say, ‘Hey, that was great!’ It’s not hard to find great stuff if you look.” (Parade, opens a new window 2018)

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