Betty White turns 99

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Madison Pape, Staff Reporter

On January 17th the legendary actress Betty White celebrated her 99th birthday. She holds the record for the longest TV career in female entertainment. Her famous milestones and her sense of humor are what always keep her young at heart.

In the beginning of her career she never dreamed of becoming an actress; she originally wanted to be a writer. Her career started out on a show called Life Of Elizabeth; she helped produce the entire show. It was rare for a woman to become a producer in those times but she became one of the first.

Some of her biggest roles included her playing Cathrine Piper on Boston Legal, her premiere on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Her role in Toy Story 4, playing Bitey White, and “The Match Game” from 1973-1982.

In 1985 Betty White’s career soared as she joined the show The Golden Girls. She started off as a guest star but she was offered a starring role and accepted. The Golden Girls was a hit show about four older women who live together in Miami who experience life moments all together. This show aired from 1985 to 1992.

But not everything about that show was great, Bea Arthur and Betty White did not get along very well. “Bea had a reserve. She was not that fond of me. She found me a pain in the neck sometimes. It was my positive attitude and that made Bea mad sometimes. Sometimes if I was happy, she’d be furious!”

But they seemed to put their differences aside them until the show ended in 1992

In 1954, she produced her own show, The Betty White Show, it was a big success until controversies led to her quietly canceling the show. After all these amazing accomplishments and her worth of $75 million, she won two Emmys for appearing in the The Mary Tyler Moore Show twice.

She also premiered in the game show Password where she met her last husband Allen Ludden. They were married for almost 20 years until he sadly passed away from stomach cancer in 1981.

She was a married twice before to Lane Allen and Dick Barker, but she claims those were all just re-runs before she met Allen.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic Betty White said she was playing it safe this year. Making sure she’s still looking on the bright side to stay young. So let’s make sure we still celebrate her greatest accomplishments she has done these past 90 years and wish her a Happy Birthday!