Remembering Betty White

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photo by Alan Light, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Betty White at the 1988 Emmy Awards. White passed away Dec. 31, 2021.

Brooke Veith, Photography/Video Editor

A comedian for generations, Betty White has been a worldwide sensation. When it comes to the earliest days of television, she was truly the last of the originals. 

The six-time Emmy winner had been in the show business for 75 years and had the longest television career of any female entertainer in history. 

Born in Oak Park, Ill., White moved with her family to Southern California. In high school, she found the love of performing, and by the 1940s, she began making her rounds at movie studios. 

White finally got her big break hosting a six-day-a-week live TV variety show “Hollywood on Television” and producing and starring in the sitcom “Life With Elizabeth.”

White was a regular guest on the hit game show “Password” from 1961 to 1975, where she met the love of her life, host Allen Ludden. They were married for 19 years before Ludden’s sudden death of stomach cancer in 1981. 

White had many great roles in her lifetime but possibly her greatest success was her role as Rose Nylund in the 1980s comedy “Golden Girls.” She was a great counterpart to Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty. Together they became a symbol of how people could lead active lives after they reached retirement age.

Even with all her success, she still found the time to be a pioneering animal rights activist. She served for more than four decades on the board of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association. 

If you are ever in need of a good laugh, stream anything with Betty White. She will be missed.