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Betty White, the first lady of television, died on Friday morning, December 31, 2021, at the age of 99, according to TMZ. For over 70 years, this Emmy-winning actress was a fixture on television and in films. Here’s all you need to know about the late comedian.
1. White was the only child in the family.
Betty Marion White, the only child of Horace and Tess White, was born on January 17, 1922, in Oak Park, Illinois. According to her A&E biography, her father was an electrical engineer and her mother was a housewife. The family relocated to Los Angeles when I was two years old. In a 2012 interview with Momtastic, White commended her parents for instilling in her a love of comedy as well as an optimistic approach on life.
“I was an only kid raised by the most wonderful mother.” I did an excellent job at selecting a mother and father. There wasn’t a single straight male in the house. “I mean that in a pleasant manner,” White replied.
“We’d have Sunday morning breakfast together or supper together every night around the table, and my dad would always ask me how things were at school, and we’d get into silliness and fun,” she continued. We would also take our discussions extremely seriously. It wasn’t all fun and games. But I think those dinner and breakfast tables taught me a lot about appreciating the benefits rather than the bad.”
2. She Was One of Hollywood’s First Female Producers.
Fans are certainly aware with her acting, but White was also a trailblazer behind the camera. She co-created the show Life with Elizabeth with George Tibbles in the early 1950s, making her one of Hollywood’s first female producers.
In January 2010, she told The Hollywood Reporter, “I had one staff member: writer George Tibbles.” “He authored and I produced; I was one of Hollywood’s first female producers.”
In the same interview, she stated that one of the most important things she has learnt in show business is that it is not about you.
3. White received five Emmy nominations.
White’s remarkable career included appearances on some of the most legendary TV sitcoms of all time, including The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls, and Hot in Cleveland. She also appeared on The John Larroquette Program, Suddenly Susan, Yes, Dear, The Practice, Ally McBeal, My Name Is Earl, and Saturday Night Live, as well as hosting her own reality show in Betty White’s Off Their Rockers.
Throughout her career, she was nominated for 21 Primetime Emmy Awards for Guest Actress, Supporting Actress, Lead Actress, or TV Host, and she won five of them – in 1976, 1977, 1986, 1996, and 2010. She also received a regional Emmy for Life with Elizabeth in 1952.
“Talk about a joy,” she stated of her Emmy triumphs in a 2010 interview with Emmy TV Legends. My first Emmy was in 1952, so I had to wait 22 years for my second. Oh, I was a disaster when they called my name that night and Ed Asner delivered it to me. I was overjoyed, overjoyed, overjoyed, overjoyed, overjoyed, overjoyed, overjoyed, overjoyed, overjoyed, overjoyed, overjoyed, overjoyed
White was referring to the fact that, between Life with Elizabeth and Mary Tyler Moore, she became more well-known for her appearances on game programs and talk shows. The part of Sue Ann Nivens was what drew White back into acting, therefore winning an Emmy for the role (again) was a huge boost for her career.
In addition to her TV success, White had comedic roles in films such as Lake Placid, Bringing Down the House, The Proposal, and You Again.
4. White is well-known for her love of animals.
Aside from her work on television, White is a well-known humanitarian, most notably for her involvement with animal rescues and charities. In an interview with Momstastic, she stated that her animal charity work has made her the happiest throughout her career.
“I’ve been involved with the Morris Animal Foundation for over 50 years, and the Los Angeles Zoo for over 50 years… My mum and father were both huge animal lovers, much like me. “And I’m grateful that they passed that on to me because it’s a significant part of my life,” White said, adding that she helped convince the Morris Foundation to investigate pain relief in animals.
White also joked to The Hollywood Reporter that she keeps performing so she may continue to protect animals.
“I need to keep performing so that I may continue to conduct humanitarian work!” For 42 years, I’ve been working with both the Morris Animal Foundation and the Los Angeles Zoo. Actually, I’m the luckiest elderly lady alive. Half of my life is spent working in a career that I enjoy, and the other half is spent dealing with animals. “I couldn’t have asked for anything better,” White added.
5. White divorced her husband in 1981.
White had three marriages in her life. Her first two marriages were brief: she was married to Air Force pilot Dick Barker from 1945 to 1946, and then to Hollywood agent Lane Allen from 1947 to 1949.
However, White met the love of her life when appearing as a famous guest on the game program Password in 1961. Allen Ludden was the host, and they married in 1963. Ludden died in 1981 of stomach cancer, and White never remarried, telling the Daily Mail in 2011 that she had already found the finest.
“Who needs the rest once you’ve eaten the best?” she asked. “I made two errors before Allen, but the love of your life does not come around every day, so I am thankful that I discovered him.”
She also stated that she chose not to have children since she did not want to have to pick between having children and working.
“It was a decision, and I opted not to have children,” White explained. “So many women have shown that it is possible, but I know that if I had children, I would not go to work.” It had to be one or the other.”