Jan. 17th, 1922
Oak Park, Illinois, USA
Guest TV Roles[none found]
Although best known as the devious Sue Ann Nivens on the classic sitcom Mary Tyler Moore (1970) and the ditzy Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls (1985), Betty White had been in television for a long, long time before those two shows, having had her own series, Life with Elizabeth (1952) in 1952. The widow of TV game-show host Allen Ludden, she has been inducted into the Television Hall of Fame and is known for her tireless efforts on behalf of animals.
- Is strongly critical of reality television.
- Attended the same school as 'Jamie Luner' (qv).
- 'James L. Brooks' (qv) offered her the role of 'Helen Hunt (I)' (qv)'s mother in _As Good as It Gets (1997)_ (qv). She turned it down because she objected to the treatment of the dog in the film.
- Parents' names were Horace and Tess White.
- Started career as the "Phone Girl" on 'Al Jarvis' (qv)'s afternoon TV show in L.A.
- Per her autobiography, White was named "Betty" at birth not "Elizabeth" because her parents did not want her to be saddled with any of the nicknames and derivatives of Elizabeth -- i.e. Beth, Liza, Ellie, etc.
- Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1988. The star is next to her late husband, 'Allen Ludden' (qv),'s star.
- Received the Women's International Center (WIC) Living Legacy Award in 1988.