Why We Love Betty White & How She Makes Us Feel Younger

Betty's Younger Years

Betty White was born in Oak Park, Illinois on January 17, 1922. She has been in show business since before I was born. She has had a very interesting life and possesses a great outlook on life as demonstrated through her sense of humor and her most recent celebration of her 90th birthday. We should all hope to be as fortunate with both longevity and level of productivity.

Betty was an only child. Her father, Horace, was an electrical engineer and her mother, Tess, was a homemaker. When Betty was still a toddler, her family moved to California.

Betty is also an animal rights activist and for many of us who have seen photos or interviews of her over the years even prior to losing her husband, Allen Ludden, it's apparent she is devoted to her passion for animals. For over 40 years, she has been involved with the Los Angeles Zoo and the Morris Animal Foundation and on the foundation's home page, you can see an image of Betty with a request to send her birthday wishes along with your donation.

BETTY WHITE, THE WIFE

Betty was married three times, although she was married to the love of her life with third husband and widower, Allen Ludden, the popular game show host of Password. Betty and Allen met when she was a guest on Password in 1961. Betty and Allen married in 1963 and were together for 18 years until he unexpectedly died in 1981 from stomach cancer. Allen passed away just three days before their 18th wedding anniversary.

BETTY WHITE, THE AUTHOR

Betty is also the author of several books which are listed below:

Betty White In Person (1987)

Here We Go Again: My Life in Television (1995; re-released in 2010)

If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won't) (2011)

Betty's book entitled, The Zoo and I: Betty and Her Friends (2012), is due to come out this year.

The Mary Tyler Moore show began its debut in 1970 running for seven years.
The Mary Tyler Moore show began its debut in 1970 running for seven years.
The Golden Girls took off for seven seasons.
The Golden Girls took off for seven seasons.
The cast of Hot in Cleveland.
The cast of Hot in Cleveland.

Betty's Popular Roles on Television

Betty started her career working in local television. She would have appearances on sitcoms and game show programming. Many of us, however, will best remember her for her roles on The Mary Tyler Moore and The Golden Girls shows for television. Her character on The Mary Tyler Moore show was Sue Ann Nivens where her audience were able to witness her own personal style of humor alongside her smiling eyes. Betty's performances on this show that began in 1970 would land her two Emmy awards. Her role on The Golden Girls, my mom's favorite show, would reveal a different character by the name of Rose. Her audience was either endeared or annoyed with how naïve she was, but regardless, her wit brought laughter. I think this show's popularity was due to the fact it was based on the friendships and relationships of four older women (Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty). Older people in the viewing audience, which included my mom, had a program they could relate with. This show would earn yet another Emmy award for Betty.

In 1992, The Golden Girls was concluding its long run on television. Betty continued to have guest starring roles on television and in 2009, she had a supporting role in a romantic comedy movie entitled, Proposal, which was a delightful mix of acting styles including that of Sandra Bullock. I enjoyed this movie, but I'm also a Bullock fan.

Then, all of a sudden, a popularity pow reached Betty's life again. There was an ad which was run during the Super Bowl game in 2010 and it was Betty's style of humor that gained so much attention. People who saw the candy ad were still talking about it the next day and people who didn't see the game were hearing about it from others. Continuing on, a man from San Antionio began a campaign on Facebook to have Betty host Saturday Night Live and thousands of people responded making this request a reality. Although Betty made statements about how nervous she was with this adventure, she pulled it off. Then another campaign ran on Facebook to get Betty to host the Oscars. Betty also began another sitcom in 2010, Hot in Cleveland also starring Valerie Bertinelli.

Source for cast photos: http://www.photobucket.com

Hysterical Interview With Ellen Degeneres

Betty's Mature Years

Hats off to Betty for her long career that amazes so many of us, including herself. She recently celebrated her 90th birthday on television and she's still working, laughing, and influencing us all with the value of wit, being positive and being involved and active. Let's face it, she's funny!

What Betty exemplifies include lessons for us all regardless of age. Keep reaching for positive experiences in your life. Keep laughing, including at yourself. Life can only be as amazing as you drive it to be. Don't let age ever be a hang-up on your choices nor your ability to generate opportunities for more choices. So what if you just turned 30, or 40, or 50, etc. If you sit and complain about getting older, Betty could easily turn to you and say, blah, blah, blah...zip it.

Attitude gives rise to a good many things. I wonder what Betty will accomplish by her next birthday. Better still, I wonder what you might accomplish by your next birthday.

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SparkleNZ 2 years ago

Betty White is one of the all time best comedy actresses. I wish she was my gramma :-)


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ytsenoh 3 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri Author

Thank you moonlake. But, there's a great thing to be said about celebrating a person's life while they are still living. She is a humble woman. Hope you have a great day.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

I love Betty White but really how many more awards can they give her. They're going to make her sick from running back and forth to more award shows. Enjoyed your interesting hub voted up.


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ytsenoh 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri Author

Ah, Nellie, bless your heart. Thanks for your thoughtful comment. Best regards.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

I just love her. Someone gave me the compliment once of saying I looked like her.

She was born just a few days shy of a month before my late and beloved husband, George (Feb. 13, 1922) and several months before my late brother (Nov. 1, 1922). I'm 10 years, plus or minus some days - younger than all of them and very much going for exceeding them to at least 100, though I have little doubt that Betty will make it to that and beyond, given her positive attitude and wisdom about life.

Thanks for your delightful tribute to her, Cathy, if I may be so bold as to use your real name! But, after all, maturity has its perks! :-)


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Heidi Howes 4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

Betty is so fun!


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ytsenoh 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri Author

Thanks PDX for your stopping by for the read and your comment. I think Betty looks awesome. She has a great "I want to live" attitude. Have a good weekend.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

I jut saw that Betty White has a new show coming out. Good for her. I also recently aw her on Conan and she still looks fantastic!


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ytsenoh 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri Author

Thank you Mary. She is, indeed, a funny woman with a great attitude! Have a great upcoming weekend!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I enjoyed this Hub about Betty White, a favorite of mine. I love her sense of humor! Great Hub.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

I love Betty White. Every role she has ever played has been played from the heart. She just keeps getting better.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I've loved Betty White since her Mary Tyler Moore days. Great tribute. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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Express10 4 years ago from East Coast

I have always loved her because she is timeless and hilarious. You have done a great job.


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ytsenoh 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri Author

Stars, thanks for your comment and compliment. You're right, she is very cool.


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

neat hub. she is cool. great hub.


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ytsenoh 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri Author

Thanks very much for your comment, and an excellent one at that. You are correct on your points.


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MickeySr 4 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

. . . but, the thing about Betty white is, she practically helped invent television programing . . . she was there from the very beginning. Many seem to like her 'suddenly' because she's currently playing the part of the wise-cracking dirty-mouthed old lady - but Betty White is a crucial part of television history. She, in fact, started in television, 1949, when it was still experimental. In the early 50s she hosted over 5 hours of live tv 6 days a week, and she actually developed new programing. Betty white, still funny and charming today, was nominated for an Emmy the very first time there was an actress category for women. Betty White has received about 20 Emmy Awards and won 7, as well as Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, and American Comedy Awards! she's not just a funny old broad, and she even more than a well loved and gifted performer, Betty White is a real part of television history.


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ytsenoh 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri Author

Epi, thanks for your kind words. Audrey H., you say? Yes, well, she's a hero of mine. Have a pleasant day!


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epigramman 4 years ago

..lovely tribute from a gal who looks like Audrey H.

and now you will receive all of the attention with a posting of this most classic and endearing hub subject to my Facebook page and a direct link back here

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ytsenoh 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri Author

Thanks much daisy--I just think it's pretty incredible she has so much success at her age and she keeps being driven. A good example for us all.


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daisynicolas 4 years ago from Alaska

Such a lovely gesture for Betty White. She's a paragon for us all. It is without a doubt that you're in Cloud 9 writing about her.


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ytsenoh 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri Author

Thank you for stopping in. I'm glad you liked this read. You're right, she just sparkles all the time. And, she's so funny.


Emer420 4 years ago

Betty White is one of my idols. She is one of the only celebrities out there that still really, truly keeps the art of film and literature alive. She sparkles everyday of her life and will continue to after. Although, I hope that she lives forever so I might be able to shake that brilliant hand of hers one day.

Amazing post. Well done.


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ytsenoh 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri Author

MsDora and Jackie, thanks very much for your comments. Much appreciated. I'm glad you found this piece of interest.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

I dearly love Betty and thank you for all these facts I did not know. She seemed an old lady when I was a kid but the older I got it seemed the younger she did, lol. Looking at your photos when she was old looking to me she was really quite beautiful. I loved her best on Golden Girls and although I watch Hot in Cleveland and at first liked it, but it seems to me they are pushing things a little on her character that I feel is belittling and makes me sad for her.


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean

I like Betty White. Didn't know that Ludden was her third husband. Thanks for doing the research and presenting all the other interesting facts about this phenomenal woman.


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ytsenoh 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri Author

Tom, thanks very much for your comment and yes, seemingly immortal, as you put it.


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Tom Rubenoff 4 years ago from United States

Betty White is just the best. And seemingly immortal, too.


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ytsenoh 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri Author

And we all want to have "that" at her age too! Thank you for your comment. Have a good weekend.


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agreenworld 4 years ago from CT-USA

She still got it! Thanks for the well written article. Taking us down memory lane for a woman who truly brings laughter to the masses. Great tribute to a living legend.


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ytsenoh 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri Author

Debby, thanks again.

Audrey, thanks much for stopping by and your thoughtful comment.


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Cathy ~ I shared this hub with about ten family members. I know they will visit, but they may not comment. Hugs, Debby


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

I love this woman--you have compiled a wonderful tribute to her!


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ytsenoh 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri Author

Debby, your kindness in all your comments across the board resounds. Yes, Betty is an absolute doll of a woman. I think about some of the things she has said or just her facial expressions and it makes me laugh. Every time I see that Super Bowl ad, I still laugh. And we all need to laugh more! Thank you.


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Okay, Cathy. I vote this Hubpages of the Day or some award. Love, love, love Betty White and this page did her justice. Isn't she a doll and a model for growing older with grace. Blessings, Debby


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ytsenoh 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri Author

anglnwu, exactly. She just had her 90th birthday. It reminds me in ways, of the late George Burns, who despite his cursing, drinking and cigar smoking, was all about getting the laugh, smiled, lifted his late wife, Gracie, even after he lost her, and so we have to value the positive effects of attitude when thinking about our longevity. Thanks for your comment, and have a great weekend!


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anglnwu 4 years ago

I first saw her on SNL and was very impressed with her humor and performance. She's the poster girl of "growing old graciously." Nice hub and rated up.


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ytsenoh 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri Author

PDX, I know it! She was really gorgeous! I also did not know that she had two previous marriages either. I love how she has evolved and how the effects of that have made us laugh out loud. Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you and your wife have a most pleasant weekend.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

betty white is funny and charming and i had no idea she was such a smokin hot hottie back in the day! Voted up and shared...


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ytsenoh 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri Author

Dexter, thanks for your time in commenting. You are correct, she has that attitude down. Make people laugh, give back to your community, like the marketing adage of "live, love, laugh..." Have a great weekend.


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Betty White has such a wonderful attitude! And her mind is sharp! This hub is a great tribute to a marvelous woman. She has put smiles on many faces.

Voted up, up and away!


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ytsenoh 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri Author

Alecia, thank you!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

Betty White is one of my favorite comediannes. She's not only a natural but she just puts so much of herself in each role. Sue Ann Nivens was the first time I really saw her in action and she just really gave MTM a shot in the arm. And you're right, she gives us all reason not to complain. I enjoyed reading this hub!


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ytsenoh 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri Author

My Minds, thanks so much for your comment! I'll research "Lake Placid"...thank you. I just so love her spunk!


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My Minds Eye53 4 years ago from Tennessee

I love Betty White, I want to be her when I grow up (I am 58).

You forgot to mention one of her funniest roles which was her character in "Lake Placid"

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