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Television Legend Betty White Turns 94 and Still Going Strong

By Teresa Swan teresaswan@classicalite.com on Jan 20, 2016 01:16 AM EST

Television legend Betty White turned 94 on Sunday, January 17. While most of you were watching football you might have noticed a new commercial in which the legend appears with Rob Riggle and Joel McHale. According to Eonline, the NFL themed commercial has Betty talking with different NFL personalities. The funny spot is just another addition in a body of work that stretches back to the 1950s. Betty is also a noted animal rights activist who has noted about herself "I'm actually the luckiest old broad alive. Half of my life is working in a profession I love and the other half is working with animal."

Betty White was born in Oak Park Illinois in 1922. Her parents moved to Los Angeles when she was small. White got her start in television working at a local station as an assistant. According to Wikipedia, in 1952, the same year that she began hosting Hollywood on Television, White co-founded Bandy Productions with writer George Tibbles and Don Fedderson, a producer. The trio worked to create new shows using existing characters from sketches shown on Hollywood on Television. White, Fedderson, and Tibbles created the television comedy Life with Elizabeth, with White portraying the title role." Betty White continued working in television throughout the 50s and 60s as a frequent guest star on many popular shows but according to biography her next big character came when she got the part of Sue Ann on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.  She won two Emmys for her work on the show.

In the 1980's came the show for which Betty White will always be remembered. The Golden Girls was very unique for it's time because it presented a satirical but sympathetic view of the characters on the show. Never had retirement been so funny.

Betty has worked steadily since The Golden Girls went off the air in 1992. There have been numerous supporting role in numerous television shows such as Boston Legal, The John Laroquette Show and Hot In Cleveland. She also had a supporting role in 2009's The Proposal. A Facebook campaign made Betty the oldest person to ever host Saturday Night Live in 2010. Since Hot In Cleveland was canceled Betty White has done a variety of projects and even guest starred on Bones. It doesn't look like this lady will be retiring anytime soon!

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