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BETTY WHITE Biography & Filmography

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by The Oegon Herald
 Published on Sunday January 2, 2022 4:14 AM

She's not a Californian
Contrary to popular belief, Betty White isn't a native of California. She was born on January 17, 1922, in Oak Park, Illinois. Her family moved to Los Angeles when she was only two.

Betty by birth
According to White's autobiography, she was given the name "Betty" at birth, not "Elizabeth" as some falsely believe. This happened because her parents didn't want other people to call her other nicknames that derive from Elizabeth, such as Beth or Liza.

She's of multi-ethnic origin
Her maternal grandfather, Nicholas Cachikis, was Greek. Her paternal grandfather, Christopher Hans Christian White, was Danish. Her grandmothers, both Canadian-born, had English and Welsh ancestry.

She was a truck driver
Very few know that before she became a famous comedian, White was a member of the American Women's Voluntary Services. What was her role exactly? Believe it or not, she drove a PX truck during World War II.

She was also a "phone girl"
Soon after she graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1939, White started looking for work. She started her illustrious career as the "Phone Girl" on Al Jarvis's afternoon TV show in L.A.

Early beginnings
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However, before becoming a truck driver and a "phone girl," she had technically started her career in radio back in 1930 at the age of 8. She was playing an adopted orphan on the soap opera "Empire Builders".

One of the first female producers in Hollywood
In the early 1950s, she launched her first television series, Life with Elizabeth. She also wrote and produced the show together with George Tibbles. "I was one of the first women producers in Hollywood," she would later recall during an interview. Keep in mind that she was still living with her parents back then.

Betty the Mayor
Being the first woman to produce a sitcom helped her to become the honorary mayor of Hollywood in 1955. She was only 33 at the time.

She's a dedicated Democrat
She is a very well-known Democrat and vocal about it. During the years she has endorsed Franklin D. Roosevelt, Adlai Stevenson, John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama most recently.

When she met Obama
Despite being passionate about politics, her big love revolves around animals and puppies. When she met President Barack Obama at the White House in 2012, she spent most of the time with the presidential dog, Bo, on her lap.

She's an animal activist
But this shouldn't surprise anyone, as she's famous for being an animal activist. For that matter, she works with a number of organizations. Some of them include the Los Angeles Zoo Commission, the Morris Animal Foundation, Actors & Others for Animals, the Farm Animal Reform Movement, and Friends of Animals.

She loves puppies way too much
White was offered the role of Helen Hunt's mother in As Good as It Gets. Can you guess why she turned it down? Because Jack Nicholson's character had to shove a puppy down a laundry chute at some point during the film.

And picks her friends wisely
This explains her good friendship with Ralph Helfer. Helfer's a notable animal trainer and Hollywood animal behaviorist, who has offered several of his exotic animals for her television show The Pet Set.

She has been married three times
White has never been a shy person. She publicly admitted that her first marriage to Army pilot Dick Barker in 1945 was all about sex. After they spent six months in bed together as she claimed, they decided to divorce. Her second marriage was to agent Lane Allen, but she decided to settle down for good when she met her third husband, Allen Ludden.

But she has no children
White never had any children of her own. However, she's the stepmother of Allen Ludden's three children from his first marriage to Margaret McGloin.

She hates reality television
Betty's definitely not a fan of the Kardashian family or The Bachelor. However, she hasn't gone into detail about her aversion to reality tv. She has only publicly stated that she is not a fan of reality tv.

Her passion for writing goes way back
She started writing plays when she was in grammar school. She knew from a really young age that she loved writing more than anything.

She's the last of the Golden Girls
From the four major stars on The Golden Girls, Betty White is the oldest and the only surviving actress today. Bea Arthur, Estelle Getty and Rue McClanahan have all passed away.

She's a record breaker
At the age of 88 and a half, she became the oldest person to ever host Saturday Night Live.

Longest TV Career for a Female Entertainer in History
Betty White's a living legend, but you know that already. In 2014, she got an award for having the "Longest TV Career for an Entertainer " for her more than 70 years in the show business.

She never worked with Robert Redford though...
Betty loves and admires Robert Redford more than anyone in the world of entertainment. If you ask her what's the one thing she regrets most, she will tell you how she never got a chance to work with Mr. Redford.

She has her own Star
She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1988. The star is next to her late husband, Allen Ludden's star.

She's not against cosmetic surgery
She has admitted to having had cosmetic surgery before The Golden Girls. Ironically, that show was about aging naturally and not having issues with it.

She loves junk food
If you ask her what's the secret for aging so gracefully, a healthy diet won't be one of the responses you'll get from her. According to her Hot in Cleveland co-star Jane Leeves, Betty White literally lives on hot dogs, French fries, red licorice and Coca-Cola.

In Betty White we trust
A recent poll in which more than 2,000 Americans participated, revealed that White is the most trusted celebrity in the US today. What's even more impressive, almost half of the participants admitted that they would be more likely to choose a specific company or product, if it was linked to the influential actress.

Betty White TV career spanned more than 80 years. She died on New Years Eve at age 99.

Her death was confirmed Friday by Jeff Witjas, her longtime agent and friend.

Advertisement "I truly never thought she was going to pass away,' Witjas told The Associated Press. "She meant the world to me as a friend. She was the most positive person I've ever known."

Witjas said White had been staying close to her Los Angeles home during the pandemic out of caution but had no diagnosed illness. It was unclear if she died Thursday night or Friday, he said.

White, who continued to act late into her life, would have turned 100 on Jan. 17.

Considered to be a trailblazer of the small screen, White's career was longer than any other female entertainer, having worked in the industry since 1939.

Known for her iconic sitcom roles on 'The Mary Tyler Moore Sho'w and 'The Golden Girls,' White is considered to be the first woman to create a television sitcom and also was a staple of many popular game shows of the 1960s, all of which helped give her the title of 'first lady of television.'

Throughout her career, White's work earned her eight Emmy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, three American Comedy Awards and one Grammy Award.

She was the first woman to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host for 'Just Men!' in 1983.

White was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1995 and named a Disney Legend in 2009.

In an interview with journalist Katie Couric to celebrate the actress' 95th birthday, White said she considered herself the 'luckiest old broad on TV.'

Betty WhiteCelebrities, politicians react to Betty White's death Off-screen, White was known for her love of animals, working with several organizations over the years whose efforts focused on animal rights and welfare.

White married three times — her first marriage lasted less than one year.

Two years later, in 1947, she married Hollywood agent Lane Allen.

It was her third marriage — to television personality and game show host Allen Ludden in 1963 – that White said she cherished the most.

'I've been married three times and I probably still would've been married three times even if I knew what I know now," she told Couric. 'Then, all of a sudden, you find the right one and it makes everything fall into place.'

She met Ludden during her time on the wildly popular 'Password' game show.

Ludden proposed twice before White accepted. The two married in 1963.

Betty Marion White Ludden was an American actress and comedian. A pioneer of early television, with a career spanning seven decades, White was noted for her vast work in the entertainment industry. She was among the first women to exert control in front of and behind the camera and the first woman to produce a sitcom, which contributed to her being named honorary Mayor of Hollywood in 1955. White is often referred to as 'the First Lady of Television', a title used for a 2018 documentary detailing her life and career.

After making the transition to television from radio, White became a staple panelist of American game shows, including Password, Match Game, Tattletales, To Tell the Truth, The Hollywood Squares, and The $25,000 Pyramid; dubbed 'the first lady of game shows', White became the first woman to receive the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host for the show Just Men! in 1983. She was also known for her appearances on The Bold and the Beautiful, Boston Legal, and The Carol Burnett Show. Her biggest roles include Sue Ann Nivens on the CBS sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rose Nylund on the NBC sitcom The Golden Girls, and Elka Ostrovsky on the TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland. She gained renewed popularity after her appearance in the 2009 romantic comedy film The Proposal, and was subsequently the subject of a successful Facebook-based campaign to host Saturday Night Live in 2010, garnering her a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.

White worked longer in television than anyone else in that medium, earning her a Guinness World Record in 2018. White 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 was a 1995 Television Hall of Fame inductee.

Early life Betty Marion White was born in Oak Park, Illinois, on January 17, 1922. She stated that Betty was her legal name and not a shortened version of Elizabeth. She was the only child of Christine Tess, a homemaker, and Horace Logan White, a lighting company executive. Her paternal grandfather was Danish and her maternal grandfather was Greek, with her other roots being English and Welsh.

White's family moved to Alhambra, California, in 1923 when she was a little over a year old, and later to Los Angeles during the Great Depression. To make extra money, her father built crystal radios and sold them wherever he could. Since it was the height of the Depression, and hardly anyone had a sizable income, he would trade the radios in exchange for other goods, including dogs on some occasions.

White attended the Beverly Hills Unified School District in Beverly Hills, and Beverly Hills High School, graduating in 1939. Her interest in wildlife was sparked by family vacations to the Sierra Nevada. She initially aspired to a career as a forest ranger, but was unable to accomplish this because women were not allowed to serve as rangers at that time. Instead, White pursued an interest in writing. She wrote and played the lead in a graduation play at Horace Mann School, and discovered her interest in performing. Inspired by her idols Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy, she decided to pursue a career as an actress. White first interacted with the entertainment world when she made a guest call on a radio program in 1930 when she was eight years old. Three months after her high school graduation, she and a classmate sang songs from The Merry Widow on an experimental television show. White found work modeling, and her first professional acting job was at the Bliss Hayden Little Theatre. When World War II broke out, she put her career on hold and volunteered for the American Women's Voluntary Services. Her assignment included driving a PX truck with military supplies to Hollywood Hills. She also participated in events for troops before they were deployed overseas. Commenting on her time in service White said, 'It was a strange time and out of balance with everything.'

Career 1940s–1953: Radio work and Bandy Productions File:'Life with Elizabeth' - Misc episode No. 1.ogv First episode of Life with Elizabeth After the war, White made rounds to movie studios looking for work, but was always turned down because she was 'not photogenic'. So then she started to look for radio jobs where being photogenic did not matter. Her first radio jobs included reading commercials and playing bit parts, and sometimes even doing crowd noises. She made about five dollars a show. She would do just about anything, like singing on a show for no pay or making an appearance on the local game show. She appeared on shows such as Blondie, The Great Gildersleeve, and This Is Your FBI. She was then offered her own radio show, called The Betty White Show. In 1949, she began appearing as co-host with Al Jarvis on his daily live television variety show Hollywood on Television, originally called Make Believe Ballroom, on KFWB and on KCOP-TV in Los Angeles.

White began hosting the show by herself in 1952 after Jarvis's departure, spanning five and a half hours of live ad lib television six days per week, over a continuous four-year span. In all of her various variety series over the years, White would sing at least a couple of songs during each broadcast. In 1951, she was nominated for her first Emmy Award as 'Best Actress' on television, competing with Judith Anderson, Helen Hayes, and Imogene Coca; the award went to Gertrude Berg. At this point, the award was for body of work, with no shows named in nominations.

In 1952, the same year that she began hosting Hollywood on Television, White co-founded Bandy Productions with writer George Tibbles and Don Fedderson, a producer. The trio worked to create new shows using existing characters from sketches shown on Hollywood on Television. White, Fedderson, and Tibbles created the television comedy Life with Elizabeth, with White portraying the title character. The show was originally a live production on KCOP-TV in 1951, and won White a Los Angeles Emmy Award in 1952.

Life with Elizabeth was nationally syndicated from 1952 to 1955, allowing White to become one of the few women in television with full creative control in front of and behind the camera. The show was unusual for a sitcom in the 1950s because it was co-produced and owned by a twenty-eight-year-old woman who still lived with her parents. White said they did not worry about relevance in those days, and that usually the incidents were based on real life situations that happened to her, the actor who played Alvin, and the writer.

White also performed in television advertisement seen on live television in Los Angeles, including a rendition of the 'Dr. Ross Dog Food' advertisement at KTLA during the 1950s. She guest starred on The Millionaire in the episode 'The Virginia Lennart Stor'y, as the owner of a small town diner that received an anonymous gift of $1,000,000, in 1956.

1954–1959: The Betty White Show and Date with the Angels

White on The Betty White Show in 1954 In 1954, White hosted and produced her own daily talk/variety show, The Betty White Show, on NBC. Like her sitcom, she had creative control over the series, and was able to hire a female director. In a first for American network variety television, her show featured an African-American performer, but the show faced criticism for the inclusion of tap dancer Arthur Duncan as a regular cast member. The criticism followed when NBC expanded the show nationally. Local Southern stations threatened to boycott unless Duncan was removed from the series. In response, White said 'I'm sorry. Live with it,' and gave Duncan more airtime. Initially a ratings success, the show repeatedly changed time slots and suffered lower viewership. By the end of the year, NBC quietly cancelled the series.

Following the end of Life with Elizabeth, she appeared as Vicki Angel on the ABC sitcom Date with the Angels from 1957 to 1958. As originally intended, the show, loosely based on the Elmer Rice play Dream Girl, would focus on Vicki's daydreaming tendencies. However, the sponsor was not pleased with the fantasy elements, and pressured to have them eliminated. 'I can honestly say that was the only time I have ever wanted to get out of a show,' White later said. The sitcom was a critical and ratings disaster, but ABC wouldn't allow White out of her contractual agreement and required her to fill the remaining thirteen weeks in their deal. Instead of a retooled version of the sitcom, White rebooted her old talk/variety show, The Betty White Show, which aired until her contract was fulfilled.'

The sitcom did give White some positive experiences: she first met Lucille Ball while working on it, as both Date With the Angels and I Love Lucy were filmed on the same Culver Studios lot. The two quickly struck up a friendship over their accomplishments in taking on the male dominated television business of the '50s. They relied on one another through divorce, illness, personal loss, and even competed against one another on various game shows.

In July 1959, White made her professional stage debut in a week-long production of the play, Third Best Sport, at the Ephrata Legion Star Playhouse in Ephrata, Pennsylvania.

1960s: First lady of game shows, Advise & Consent By the 1960s, White was a staple of network game shows and talk shows: including both Jack Paar and later Johnny Carson's era of The Tonight Show. She made many appearances on the hit Password show as a celebrity guest from 1961 through 1975. She married the sho'ws host, Allen Ludden, in 1963. She subsequently appeared on the sho'ws three updated versions, Password Plus, Super Password, and Million Dollar Password. White made frequent game show appearances on What's My Line?, To Tell the Truth, I've Got a Secret, Match Game, and Pyramid. She made her feature film debut as Kansas Senator Elizabeth Ames Adams in the 1962 drama Advise & Consent; in 2004, on talk show Q&A, host Brian Lamb remarked on White's longevity as an actress besides the fact she was playing a strong female senator in 1962. He and Donald A. Ritchie noted that viewers would have seen the Senator Adams character to reflect Margaret Chase Smith.

NBC offered her an anchor job on their flagship breakfast television show Today. She turned the offer down because she didn't want to move permanently to New York City. The job eventually went to Barbara Walters. Through the 1950s and 1960s, White began a nineteen-year run as hostess and commentator on the annual Rose Parade broadcast on NBC, and appeared on a number of late-night talk shows, including Jack Paar's The Tonight Show, and various other daytime game shows.

1970s: The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Betty White Show

White as Sue Ann Nivens in The Mary Tyler Moore Show In 1973, White made several appearances in the fourth season of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, as the 'man-hungr'y Sue Ann Nivens. The role garnered White her second and third Emmy Awards. Although considering the role a highlight of her career, she described the character's image as 'icky sweet', feeling she was the very definition of feminine passivity, owing to the fact she always satirized her own persona onscreen in just such a way.

A running gag was how Sue Ann's aggressive, cynical personality was the complete opposite of her relentlessly perky TV persona on the fictional WJM-TV show The Happy Homemaker. 'We need somebody who can play sickeningly sweet, like Betty White,' Moore herself suggested at a production meeting, which resulted in casting White herself. White won two Emmy Awards back-to-back for her role in the hugely popular series.

Mary Tyler Moore and her husband Grant Tinker were close friends with White and her husband Allen Ludden. When Valerie Harper left The Mary Tyler Moore Show, producers felt the show needed another female character, and so created Sue Ann Nivens. In a 2010 The Interviews: An Oral History of Television interview, Moore explained that producers, aware of Moore and White's friendship, were initially hesitant to audition White for the role, for fear that if she hadn't been right, it would create awkwardness between the two.

A scene from the final episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show : White, Gavin MacLeod, Ed Asner, Georgia Engel, Ted Knight, and Mary Tyler Moore In 1975, NBC replaced her as commentator hostess of the Tournament of Roses Parade, feeling that she identified too heavily with rival network CBS's The Mary Tyler Moore Show. White admitted to People that it was difficult 'watching someone else do my parade', although she would soon start a ten-year run as hostess of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade for CBS. Following the end of The Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1977, White was offered her own sitcom on CBS, her fourth entitled The Betty White Show, in which she co-starred with John Hillerman and former Mary Tyler Moore co-star Georgia Engel. Up against Monday Night Football in its timeslot, the ratings were poor and it was canceled after one season.

Cast photo from The Betty White Show of 1977. From left: John Hillerman, Betty White, Georgia Engel. White appeared several times on The Carol Burnett Show and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson appearing in many sketches, and began guest-starring in a number of television movies and television miniseries, including With This Ring, The Best Place to Be, Before and After, and The Gossip Columnist.

1980s: Mama's Family and The Golden Girls In 1983, White became the first woman to win a Daytime Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Game Show Host, for the NBC entry Just Men! Due to the amount of work she did on them, she was deemed the 'First Lady of Game Shows'.

From 1983 to 1984, White had a recurring role playing Ellen Harper Jackson on the series Mama's Family, along with future Golden Girls co-star Rue McClanahan. White had originated this character in a series of sketches on The Carol Burnett Show in the 1970s.

In 1985, White scored her second signature role and the biggest hit of her career as the St. Olaf, Minnesota native Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls. The series chronicled the lives of four widowed or divorced women in their 'golden years' who shared a home in Miami. The Golden Girls, which also starred Bea Arthur, Estelle Getty, and Rue McClanahan, was immensely successful and ran from 1985 through 1992. White won one Emmy Award, for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series, for the first season of The Golden Girls and was nominated in that category every year of the sho'ws run.

White had a strained relationship with her The Golden Girls co-star Bea Arthur on and off the set of their television show, commenting that Arthur 'was not that fond of me' and that 'she found me a pain in the neck sometimes. It was my positive attitude – and that made Bea mad sometimes. Sometimes if I was happy, she'd be furious.' After Arthur's death in 2009, White said, 'I knew it would hurt, I just didn't know it would hurt this much.' Despite their differences, The Golden Girls was a positive experience for both actresses and they had great mutual respect for the show, their roles, and the achievements made as an ensemble cast. Arthur would often insist on waiting to leave for lunch until all four had finished their work and could leave together.

White was originally offered the role of Blanche in The Golden Girls, and Rue McClanahan was offered the role of Rose. Jay Sandrich, the director of the pilot, suggested that since they had played similar roles in the past, they should switch roles, Rue McClanahan later said in a documentary on the series. White originally had doubts about her ability to play Rose, until Sandrich explained to her that Rose was 'terminally naive.' White says 'if you told Rose you were so hungry you could eat a horse, she'd call the ASPCA.'

1990s: Guest roles The Golden Girls ended in 1992 after Arthur announced her decision to depart the series. White, McClanahan, and Getty reprised their roles as Rose, Blanche, and Sophia in the spin-off The Golden Palace. The series was short-lived, lasting only one season. In addition, White reprised her Rose Nylund character in guest appearances on the NBC shows Empty Nest and Nurses, both set in Miami.

After The Golden Palace ended, White guest-starred on a number of television programs including Suddenly Susan, The Practice, and Yes, Dear where she received Emmy nominations for her individual appearances. She won an Emmy in 1996 for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, appearing as herself on an episode of The John Larroquette Show. In that episode, titled 'Here We Go Again', a parody on Sunset Boulevard, a diva-like White convinces Larroquette to help write her memoir. At one point Golden Girls co-stars McClanahan and Getty appear as themselves. Larroquette is forced to dress in drag as Bea Arthur, when all four appear in public as the 'original' cast members.

In December 2006, White joined the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful in the role of Ann Douglas, the long-lost mother of the sho'ws matriarch, Stephanie Forrester, played by Susan Flannery. She also began a recurring role in ABC's Boston Legal from 2005 to 2008 as the calculating, blackmailing gossip-monger Catherine Piper, a role she originally played as a guest star on The Practice in 2004.

White appeared several times on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson appearing in many sketches and returned to Password in its latest incarnation, Million Dollar Password, on June 12, 2008,, participating in the Million Dollar challenge at the end of the show. On May 19, 2008, she appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, taking part in the host's Mary Tyler Moore Show reunion special alongside every surviving cast member of the series. Beginning in 2007, White was featured in television commercials for PetMed Express, highlighting her interest in animal welfare.

In 2009, White starred in the romantic comedy The Proposal alongside Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds.

Also in 2009, the candy company Mars, Incorporated launched a global campaign for their Snickers bar; the campaign's slogan was: 'You're not you when you're hungr'y. White appeared, alongside Abe Vigoda, in the company's advertisement for the candy during the 2010 Super Bowl XLIV. The advertisement became very popular, and won the top spot on the Super Bowl Ad Meter.

2010s: Hot in Cleveland and Betty White: First Lady of Television Following the success of the Snickers advertisement, a grassroots campaign on Facebook called 'Betty White to Host SNL ' began in January 2010. The group was approaching 500,000 members when NBC confirmed on March 11, 2010, that White would in fact host Saturday Night Live on May 8. The appearance made her, at age 88, the oldest person to host the show, beating Miskel Spillman, the winner of SNL's 'Anybody Can Host' contest, who was 80 when she hosted in 1977. In her opening monologue, White thanked Facebook and joked that she 'didn't know what Facebook was, and now that I do know what it is, I have to say, it sounds like a huge waste of time.' The appearance earned her a 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.

In June 2010, White took on the role of Elka Ostrovsky the house caretaker on TV Land's original sitcom Hot in Cleveland along with Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, and Wendie Malick. Hot in Cleveland was TV Land's first attempt at a first-run scripted comedy. White was only meant to appear in the pilot of the show but was asked to stay on for the entire series. In 2011, she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Elka, but lost to Julie Bowen for Modern Family. The series ran for six seasons, a total of 128 episodes, with the hour-long final episode airing on June 3, 2015.

White also starred in the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of The Lost Valentine on January 30, 2011, and from 2012 to 2014, White hosted and executive produced Betty White's Off Their Rockers, in which senior citizens play practical jokes on the younger generation. For this show, she received three Emmy nomination


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    Betty White filmography

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    White at the Time 100 gala in 2010

    Betty White was an American actress and comedian.

    White was known for her roles on television including 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). She gained renewed popularity after her appearance in the 2009 romantic comedy film The Proposal (2009), and was asked to host Saturday Night Live in 2010 gaining her a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. She was a staple on many game shows since the mid 1950s. White died on December 31, 2021 — 17 days before her 100th birthday.



    Year Title Role Notes Ref.
    1945 Time to Kill Lou's Girl Short film [1]
    1951 The Daring Miss Jones Unknown [2]
    1962 Advise & Consent Senator Bessie Adams [3]
    1986 Big City Comedy Herself
    1996 The Story of Santa Claus[4] Gretchen Claus Voice [3]
    1998 Hard Rain Doreen Sears [3]
    Dennis the Menace Strikes Again Martha Wilson [3]
    Holy Man Herself [3]
    1999 Lake Placid Mrs. Delores Bickerman [3]
    The Story of Us Lillian Jordan [3]
    2000 Whispers: An Elephant's Tale Round Voice [3]
    Tom Sawyer Aunt Polly [3]
    2001 The Retrievers Mrs. Krisper [3]
    The Wild Thornberrys: The Origin of Donnie Grandma Sophie Voice [5]
    2003 Bringing Down the House Mrs. Kline [3]
    Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt Cameo [3]
    2005 The Third Wish Lettie [3]
    2006 Where's Marty? Herself [6]
    2007 Your Mommy Kills Animals Documentary [7]
    In Search of Puppy Love
    2008 Ponyo[8] Yoshie Voice [3]
    2009 Love N' Dancing Irene [3]
    The Proposal Grandma Annie [3]
    Part Two: The Warm Mission Betty Short film [9]
    2010 You Again Grandma Bunny Byer [3]
    Prep & Landing: Operation: Secret Santa Mrs. Claus Voice [10]
    2011 Betty White: Champion for Animals Herself Documentary [11]
    2012 The Lorax Grammy Norma Voice [3]
    2013 Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy Narrator Documentary [12]
    Betty White Goes Wild Herself [13]
    2019 Toy Story 4 Bitey White Voice [14]
    Trouble Mrs. Sarah Vanderwhoozie Voice; final animated film role
    2022 Betty White: 100 Years Young – A Birthday Celebration


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