America’s wonderful sweetheart, a cultural icon whose humor, wit, and wisdom has entertained generations, is 99 years old Sunday has died days before her 100th birthday on Jan. 17, 2022.
To honor her legacy, we’re going to take a look back at the life of the Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Golden Girls star. Rest in peace Betty White.
She dreams to be a park ranger or zookeeper.
“Back then, girls were not allowed to become forest rangers,” White told ABC News.
In 2010, Betty received an honorary park ranger title at the age of 88, something she said her parents would love.
“They would be more proud of this than of any other award I have won,” said White.
Betty is “Saturday Night Live’s” oldest guest-host.
Her Primetime Emmy Award for her performance, caused us to never look at a muffin the same way again.
She once performed 58 live advertisements in a day.
She and “Hollywood on Television” co-host Al Jarvis had to do numerous live ads for their sponsors.
White is an animal lover
“Animals don’t lie. Animals don’t criticize,” said White in his biography “If You Ask Me.” “If animals have moody days, they handle them better than humans do.”
Betty lived with his 20 dogs at one point growing up. She loved animals so much, that her first production company, Bandy Productions, was named after her dog, Bandit.
Betty still enjoyed having vodka and hot dogs at 95
At the age of 95 what she attributed her long life to, White joked she enjoyed having vodka and hot dogs, “probably in that order.”
Her appearance on TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland” was only supposed to be a one-time guest role.
However, due to public requests, and amazing performance producers quickly gave her a full-time role.
She was the oldest person to earn an Emmy Nomination
She was 92 (2014) when Betty earned an Emmy nod for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program for the senior citizen-centric prank show Betty White’s Off Their Rockers.
Betty loved junk food
The key to a long life has nothing to do with healthy food as far as she was concerned. Betty loves to eat Red Vines, hot dogs, French fries, and Diet Coke as her snacking habit. She seems to exist on hot dogs and French fries.”
Betty was a Guinness World Record Holder
White holds the record as the title of Longest TV Career for an Entertainer (Female) for her more than 70 years in show business. The year before, Guinness gave out Longest TV Career for an Entertainer (Male) to long-time British TV host Bruce Forsyth.
She married three times
In 1945, Betty and her first husband, Dick Barker, were married and divorced in the same year. Four months after their divorce, White fled back to Los Angeles and her career as an entertainer.
She met agent Lane Allen, of d who became her second husband in 1947, and but they divorced in 1949 after he pushed her to quit show business. She wouldn’t marry again until 1963 after she fell for widower/father of three/game show host Allen Ludden.