Iconic actress, comedian, humanitarian and game show panelist Betty White passed away today in Los Angeles at age 99, only seventeen days short of her 100th birthday.
Born in Oak Park, Illinois on January 17, 1922, White first appeared in radio at age eight on December 22, 1930, on the radio program, Empire Builders. As a young adult, White began a career as a radio personality, eventually transitioning into television. She remained active until the 2020s with her career in television spanning a world-record nine decades.
As a frequent game show panelist, White became known as “the first lady of game shows,” with appearances on Password, Match Game, The Hollywood Squares and The $25,000 Pyramid among others. It was on Password in 1961 where she met future husband Allen Ludden, to whom she remained married until his death in 1981. The couple had no children and White never remarried.
In later years, White put her comedic talents to work on sitcoms such as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls and most recently, Hot in Cleveland for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
White was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1985 and was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was further honored with eight Emmy Awards, three American Comedy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and a Grammy. Beginning in the 1970’s, White became a staunch advocate of animal welfare, inspired by her work on the television series, The Pet Set.
The celebration of her 100th birthday was announced earlier this month which was to be marked with a nationwide screening of the film, Betty White: 100 Years Young – A Birthday Celebration.
Betty White leaves behind three stepchildren from husband Allen Ludden’s previous marriage.
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