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Betty White is a comedic actress who has been in show business, from TV to film, since the 1950s, most notably on The Golden Girls.
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Though Betty White has always looked like the sugary sweet girl-next-door, her comedic talents often tap into her acid wit.
Betty White is best known for her roles on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "The Golden Girls." She has appeared for decades on talk shows and game shows and spends her free time advocating for animals.
During an era that showcased actresses in young wives and mother roles, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" revolutionized the image of women on TV.
For Bea Arthur, it all changed when she was offered a job on the show All In The Family. The show began her career as a woman not afraid to talk about controversial issues such as abortion.
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While she worked steadily over the years, White's career caught fire again in 2010. She appeared in a humorous candy bar ad during that year's Super Bowl, which quickly became an audience favorite. Thanks largely to a Facebook campaign,
that May White became the oldest person to host Saturday Night Live. She was initially reluctant to do the show, explaining to Newsweek that it "was the scariest thing I've ever done. It was really funny stuff, but it was a challenge."
Also in 2010, White returned to series television with a role on the sitcom Hot in Cleveland, alongside stars Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick. She first only signed on for the pilot, but she later joined the cast. "It's just a terrific show. The chemistry between the girls is so great," she told Newsweek.
White has continued to enjoy her latest wave of success. In addition to her work in Hot in Cleveland, she also hosts Betty White's Off Their Rockers. This hidden camera show features a mature set of merry pranksters who play jokes on younger generations. White picked an Emmy Award nomination for her work on the show in 2012.
That same year, White celebrated her 90th birthday with all-star television special. Ellen Degeneres, Mary Tyler Moore, Carl Reiner, Tina Fey and Ed Asner were among the many celebrities who helped honor White on the program.
Now in her nineties, White told The Hollywood Reporter that "I have to keep acting so that I can afford to keep doing my charity work!" Animals are her great passion. She has worked with the Los Angeles Zoo and the Morris Animal Foundation for more than four decades. "I'm actually the luckiest old broad alive. Half my life is working in a profession I love and the other half is working with animals."
In addition to being an actress and an activist, White is also an author. She wrote several books during the 1980s and 1990s, including 1987's Betty White In Person and 1995's Here We Go Again: My Life in Television, which was re-released in 2010. In 2010, she signed a two-book deal with G. P. Putnam's Sons. White's latest set of observations on her life and career, If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won't) was published in the spring of 2011. Her next work My Life at the Zoo: Betty and Her Friends came out that fall.
Thrice married, White said that her third husband, Allen Ludden, was the love of her life. The couple was married from 1963 until Ludden's death in 1981. She was previously married to WWII pilot Dick Barker and theatrical agent Lane Allen.
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