We got the bad news today, New Years’ Eve 2021, that the near 100-year-old Betty White had passed away. She was an American actress and comedian born in Oak Park, Illinois, on January 17, 1922.
Betty Marion White moved to Los Angeles at a year old and because of the depression, her dad would build crystal radios and either sell or trade them. She attended the Beverly Hills Unified School District in Beverly Hills, and Beverly Hills High School, graduating in 1939. began her career in 1939 singing an abridged version of Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow on an experimental television transmission.
During WWII she volunteered for the American Women’s Voluntary Services. Afterward, she found work appearing on radio shows such as The Great Gildersleeve, and provided voiceovers for radio commercials. She co-hosted the live talk show “Hollywood on Television” from 1949 to 1953. After her co-host, Al Jarvis resigned, White hosted solo; she is believed to have been the first female television talk show host.
With no script to fall back on, it was like walking along the edge of a cliff in a high wind – there was nothing to hang on to but your mental editorBetty White [From her memoir Here We Go Again: My Life in Television in 1995]
Betty played the title character on the sitcom “Life with Elizabeth” from 1952-1955. She got her own talk show “The Betty White Show” in 1954 on NBC (she had a previous radio show by the same name). after that, she appeared as Vicki Angel on the ABC sitcom Date with the Angels from 1957 to 1958.
In the 60s Betty White was a game and talk show staple including both Jack Paar and later Johnny Carson’s era of The Tonight Show. She appeared many times on the game show Password as a celebrity guest from 1961-1975. She married the show’s host, Allen Ludden, in 1963.
Rest in peace, sweet Betty. My God, how bright heaven must be right now.Valerie Bertinelli
She appeared on the updated versions, Password Plus, Super Password, and Million Dollar Password that had five different hosts Allen Ludden, Bill Cullen, Tom Kennedy, Bert Convy, and Regis Philbin.
Our national treasure, Betty White, has passed just before her 100th birthday. Our Sue Ann Nivens, our beloved Rose Nylund, has joined the heavens to delight the stars with her inimitable style, humor, and charm. A great loss to us all. We shall miss her dearlyGeorge Takei
Betty made frequent appearances on other game shows like What’s My Line? (starting in 1955), To Tell the Truth (in 1961, 1990, and 2015), I’ve Got a Secret (in 1972–73), Match Game (1973–1982), and Pyramid (starting in 1982).
She made her film debut in the 1962 drama “Advise & Consent” as a Kansas Senator. In 1973 she won Emmys for her appearances on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” 4th season as Sue Ann Nivens. In 1977 she had her own sitcom called “The Betty White Show” which was canceled after one season.
Betty White : It is very hard to absorb you are not here anymore.. But the memories of your deLIGHT are ..Thank you for yur humor, your warmth and your activism … Rest now and say Hi to Bill.Henry Winkler
In 1983 she was deemed the “First Lady of Game Shows” and won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Game Show Host. From 1983-1984 she had a recurring role on “Mama’s Family” as Ellen Harper (a character she had developed on The Carol Burnett Show). In 1985 she started the biggest hit of her career as St. Olaf, Minnesota native Rose Nylund on “The Golden Girls”.
The show also starred Bea Arthur, Estelle Getty, and Rue McClanahan was immensely successful and ran from 1985 through 1992. She won another Emmy, this time for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series, and was nominated each year she was on the show.
I hosted one of the many attempted reboots of the Pyramid game show in 2010 and Betty was a celebrity guest. The only thing she asked for all day was two bean and cheese burritos from Taco Bell.Andy Richter
“The Golden Girls” ended in 1992. Betty appeared in the spin-ff called “The Golden Palace” that lasted one season. She also played her Golden Girls character Rose in guest appearances on “Empty Nest” and “Nurses”.
In the 90s she would appear on shows such as Suddenly Susan, The Practice, Yes Dear, and The John Larroquette Show. In 2006 she joined “The Bold and the Beautiful” for 22 appearances. She also began a recurring role on “Boston Legal” from 2005 to 2008. In 2010, ay 88 years, she was the oldest person to host “Saturday Night Live”. n June 2010, White took on the role of Elka Ostrovsky the house caretaker on TV Land’s original sitcom “Hot in Cleveland”
Y’all, with the passing of #BettyWhite we have lost one of the best humans ever!LeVar Burton
along with Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, and Wendie Malick. Betty was only supposed to appear in the pilot but due to its success, she was asked to become a regular. The series ran for six seasons, a total of 128 episodes, with the hour-long final episode airing on June 3, 2015. 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.
She also published several books “Betty White’s Pet-Love: How Pets Take Care of Us” (1983), “Betty White in Person” (1987), “The Leading Lady: Dinah’s Story” (with Tom Sullivan 1991), “Here We Go Again: My Life In Television” (1995), “Together: A Novel of Shared Vision” (with Tom Sullivan 2008), “If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t) (2011) and “Betty & Friends: My Life at the Zoo” (2011).
Peace and love, Betty WhiteSusanna Hoffs (Bangles)
Betty White died of natural causes at her home in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles on the morning of December 31, 2021, seventeen days before what would have been her 100th birthday.
I met Betty White my first day working at CBS. She got in the elevator and immediately asked for directions because she was lost. I confided that I was new and also lost. We bumbled around Television City, Hollywood (which is huuuuuge!) She was as warm and funny as you’d imagine. We giggled and turned corners until we found her set, and she got someone to point me in the right direction… what a great first day!! Rest In Peace and power, you wonderful woman!!Debonee Morgan [friend of mine)