Betty’s professional entertainment career now spans an astonishing 76 years, having started in 1939.
During that span, she has continually reinvented herself in Hollywood and despite being well past the age most actresses and actors disappear into obscurity is still going strong. White is best known for her roles as Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1973–77) and Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls (1985–92). The Writers Guild of America has included both sitcoms in its list of the 101 Best Written TV Series of All Time. She has an amazing career with over 113 films and television shows to her credit.
Here are 14 reasons we love Betty White.
On January 17th, 1922, in Oak Park, Illinois, the future television icon was born Betty Marion White, the only child of homemaker Christine Tess (née Cachikis) and lighting company executive Horace Logan White.
She was christened Betty, not Elizabeth, because her mother didn’t want her to get nicknames. But then she got a nickname from no one else but her mother who nicknamed her “Bets.”