Betty White: A Life Well Lived


Betty White. Courtesy of People Magazine.

A month shy of her 100th birthday, America lost Betty White, a pioneer actress who has been in the industry for nearly eight decades. She is known for her roles in Golden Girls, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Hot in Cleveland, and others. Her close friends and family remark how she was talented, kind, and funny. During her career, White received eight Emmy awards, three American comedy awards, three Screen Awards, and a Grammy. Starting from humble beginnings, White was born on January 16th, 1922 in Oak Park, Illinois and moved to California with her family when she was a toddler.  In high school she was active in her school’s thespian society and wrote her own play.  

Her career as an actress started in the late 1930s. She starred on Life with Elizabeth in the 1950s and became a frequent guest on talk shows at the time. White’s popularity surged when she joined the popular Mary Tyler Moore Show and then became a co-star on the iconic show Golden Girls. The comedic actress delivered hilarious one liners during her career, which made her loved by many. Remaining relevant and active throughout her life, White even appeared on Saturday Night Live in 2010. 

In her career she produced and was the executive producer of a reality tv show called For Betty White’s Off Their Rockers. It ran from 2012-2014 and was a prank show where older people pulled pranks on younger people. She also did some work for Betty White’s Smartest Animals in America. Betty White pursued her passion of being an actress even in old age. An inspiring message for the younger generation to not be afraid to chase their dreams despite life’s obstacles.