Happy Birthday, Betty White

Betty White, or Betty Marion White Ludden, was born January 17, 1922, As an American actress and comedian, her television career spans more than 80 years.

The whip-smart White has worked longer in that medium than anyone else in the television industry. Regarded as a pioneer of television, she was one of the first women to exert control in front of and behind the camera and 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.

While well-known for her sitcoms, in 2009, the candy company Mars Inc. launched a global campaign for their Snickers bar; the campaign’s slogan was: “You’re not you when you’re hungry”. 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.

White is known for her award-winning roles as Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1973–1977) and Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls (1985–1992) – The Writers Guild of America has included both sitcoms in its list of the 101 Best-Written TV Series of All Time. At age 88, she returned to a weekly sitcom playing Elka Ostrovsky on Hot in Cleveland (2010–2015).

A staple panelist of American game shows such as Password, Match Game, Tattletales, 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 Boston Legal, The Carol Burnett Show, and Saturday Night Live.

White has starred in such films as Advise & Consent, Lake Placid, the English dub of Ponyo, The Proposal, The Lorax, and the television film The Lost Valentine, for which her performance received critical acclaim.

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, is a 1985 Television Hall of Fame inductee, and a 2009 Disney Legend.

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