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Betty White biography: 13 things about actress born in Oak Park, Illinois


Betty Marion White Ludden was an actress and comedian of Canadian, Danish, English, Greek and Welsh descent. Born in Oak Park, Illinois, United States, she was the only child of Horace Logan White and Christine Cachikis Tess.

Ludden has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. She also received one Grammy Award, three American Comedy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards and eight Emmy Awards.

Dubbed the First Lady of Television, Ludden was professionally known as Betty White. Here are 13 more things about her:


  1. In 1923, she and her family moved to Alhambra, California. They later moved to Los Angeles. She appeared on an episode of the radio program “Empire Builders,” which was first broadcast on December 22, 1930.
  2. In 1939, she graduated from Beverly Hills High School in Beverly Hills, California. In the same year, she and Harry Bennett sang songs from “The Merry Widow” on an experimental channel in Los Angeles.
  3. In 1945, she was married to Dick Barker. They divorced in the same year. She was married to Lane Allen from 1947 to 1949. In 1963, she married Allen Ludden, who passed away in 1981.
  4. She hosted “Hollywood on Television” from 1949 to 1950 and “The Betty White Show” in 1954 and in 1958. From 1953 to 1955, she played the title role in “Life with Elizabeth,” which she also produced, making her the first woman to produce a sitcom in the U.S. In 1955, she was named the honorary mayor of Hollywood.
  5. From 1973 to 1977, she played Sue Ann Nivens in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” She played Joyce Whitman in “The Betty White Show” from 1977 to 1978.
  6. In 1983, she hosted “Just Men!” and became the first woman to receive the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host for the show. In 1985, she became a Television Hall of Face inductee.
  7. She played Rose Nylund in “The Golden Girls” from 1985 to 1992, in “Empty Nest” from 1989 to 1992, in “Nurses” in 1991 and in “The Golden Palace” from 1992 to 1993.
  8. From 2005 to 2008, she played Catherine Piper in “Boston Legal.”
  9. From 2006 to 2009, she played Ann Douglas in “The Bold and the Beautiful.”
  10. From 2010 to 2015, she played Elka Ostrovsky in “Hot in Cleveland.”
  11. From 2012 to 2017, she hosted “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers.”
  12. In 2018, she earned a Guinness World Record as the person with the longest television career. In the same year, a documentary about her titled “Betty White: First Lady of Television” was released. A documentary about her titled “Betty White: 100 Years Young – Birthday Celebration” was set to be released on January 17, 2022.
  13. On December 31, 2021, she passed away in Los Angeles. She was 99.

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