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Betty Marion White (born January 17, 1922) is an American actress, comedian, presenter, singer, author, and television personality. She acted as Sue Ann Nivens in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and as Rose Nylund in the television sitcom The Golden Girls. She currently stars as Elka Ostrovsky, in the TV Land comedy Hot in Cleveland.
She has won seven Emmy Awards during her career. In 1983, she became the first woman to win a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host. White also holds the record for longest span between Emmy nominations for performances—her first was in 1951 and her most recent was in 2012, a span of 61 years—and has become the oldest nominee as of 2013, aged 91. The actress is also the oldest winner of a competitive Grammy Award, which she won in 2012. She was host for the NBC entry Just Men!.
In 2011 White began hosting a new program, Betty White's Off Their Rockers. In the program senior citizens play practical jokes on the younger generation. A special Betty White's 90th Birthday Party was on NBC a day before the star's birthday on January 16, 2012. The show had appearances of many stars with whom White has worked over the years.
She was born in Oak Park, Illinois. She is of Greek, English, Welsh and Danish ancestry. She was an only child of Horace White, a lighting company executive, and her mother was a homemaker. White's family moved to Los Angeles, California during the Great Depression. She attended Horace Mann School Beverly Hills and Beverly Hills High School. She hosted the Februay 10, 2014 episode of Raw.
Allen Ludden died from stomach cancer on June 9, 1981, in Los Angeles. They had no children together, though she is stepmother to his three children from his first marriage. White has not remarried since Ludden's death.
|1951||Emmy Award||Best Actress||Life with Elizabeth||Nominated|
|1952||Emmy Awards||Best Actress||Life with Elizabeth||Won|
|1975||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||The Mary Tyler Moore Show||Won|
|1976||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||The Mary Tyler Moore Show||Won|
|1977||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||The Mary Tyler Moore Show||Nominated|
|1983||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Game Show Host||Just Men!||Won|
|1984||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Game Show Host||Just Men!||Nominated|
|1986||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||The Golden Girls||Won|
|1986||Golden Apple Award||Female Star of the Year||Won|
|1986||Golden Globes||Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy||The Golden Girls||Nominated|
|1987||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||The Golden Girls||Nominated|
|1987||Golden Globes||Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy||The Golden Girls||Nominated|
|1987||American Comedy Awards||Funniest Female Performer in a TV Series (Leading Role) Network, Cable or Syndication||The Golden Girls||Won|
|1987||Viewers for Quality Television||Best Actress in a Quality Comedy Series||The Golden Girls||Won|
|1988||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||The Golden Girls||Nominated|
|1988||Golden Globes||Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy||The Golden Girls||Nominated|
|1988||Viewers for Quality Television||Best Actress in a Quality Comedy Series||The Golden Girls||Won|
|1989||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||The Golden Girls||Nominated|
|1989||Golden Globes||Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy||The Golden Girls||Nominated|
|1990||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||The Golden Girls||Nominated|
|1990||American Comedy Awards||Funniest Female Performer in a TV Series (Leading Role) Network, Cable or Syndication||The Golden Girls||Nominated|
|1990||American Comedy Awards||Lifetime Achievement Award in Comedy||Won|
|1991||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||The Golden Girls||Nominated|
|1992||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||The Golden Girls||Nominated|
|1995||Walk of Fame||Star on the Walk of Fame||Won|
|1996||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series||The John Larroquette Show||Won|
|1997||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series||Suddenly Susan||Nominated|
|2000||American Comedy Awards||Funniest Female Guest Appearance in a TV Series||Ally McBeal||Won|
|2003||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series||The Practice||Nominated|
|2003||TV Land Awards||Quintessential Non-Traditional Family||Won|
|2004||TV Land Awards||Groundbreaking Show||Won|
|2008||TV Land Awards||Pop Culture Award||Won|
|2009||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series||My Name Is Earl||Nominated|
|2009||Television Critics Association||Career Achievement Award||Won|
|2009||Disney Legends||Disney Legends||Won|
|2010||Screen Actors Guild||Life Achievement Award||Won|
|2010||MTV Movie Awards||Best WTF Moment||The Proposal||Nominated|
|2010||MTV Movie Awards||Best Comedic Performance||The Proposal||Nominated|
|2010||Teen Choice Award||Best Dance (with Sandra Bullock)||The Proposal||Won|
|2010||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series||Saturday Night Live||Won|
|2010||New Now Next Awards||Cause You're Hot||Nominated|
|2011||People's Choice Awards||Favorite TV Guest Star||Community||Nominated|
|2011||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Web Celeb||Nominated|
|2011||Screen Actors Guild||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Hot in Cleveland||Nominated|
|2011||Screen Actors Guild||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series||Hot in Cleveland||Won|
|2011||Gracie Allen Awards||Best Actress in a Comedy Series||Hot in Cleveland||Won|
|2011||The Comedy Awards||Best Actress in a TV Comedy||Hot in Cleveland||Nominated|
|2011||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||Hot In Cleveland||Nominated|
|2011||UCLA Jack Benny Award||Comedian||Won|
|2011||Grammy Awards||Best Spoken Word Recording||If You Ask Me (And You Won't)||Won|
|2012||Screen Actors Guild||Outstanding Performance by Female Actor in a Comedy Series||Hot in Cleveland||Won|
|2012||Screen Actors Guild||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie||The Lost Valentine||Nominated|
|2012||Emmy Awards||Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program||Betty White's Off Their Rockers||Nominated|
- Archive of American Television interview for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, 0:0:47-50
- Golden Girl Rue McClanahan dies at 76. BBC News. June 3, 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment_and_arts/10231449.stm. Retrieved 2010-06-04.
- The Hot In Cleveland Official Site Starring Betty White, Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, and Wendie Malick. http://www.tvland.com/shows/hot-in-cleveland. Retrieved August 11, 2011.
- "It's Evening in America". Vanity Fair. May 2012. Page 157.
- Roxborough, Scott (March 31, 2011). "Betty White to Host 'Off Their Rockers' for NBC". The Hollywood Reporter. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/betty-white-host-rockers-nbc-173517. Retrieved October 30, 2011.
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- Scott, Walter (December 21, 1986). Personality Parade. Pittsburgh Press. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=hbktAAAAIBAJ&sjid=W4YFAAAAIBAJ&pg=5457,3226354&dq=personality-parade&hl=en. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
- Nolasco, Stephanie (May 5, 2010). Betty White Draws Line With Nudity & Marijuana But Hopes For Beer Pong Rematch On 'SNL'. StarPulse. http://www.starpulse.com/news/Stephanie_Nolasco/2010/05/05/betty_white_draws_line_with_nudity_ma. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
- O'Dell, C. (1997). Women pioneers in television : biographies of fifteen industry leaders / by Cary O'Dell ; with a foreword by Sally Jessy Raphael. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Company, c1997.
- Jacobs, Matthew (January 17, 2013). Betty White's 91st Birthday: 10 Facts About America's Golden Girl. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/17/betty-white-birthday-facts_n_2489755.html. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
- Stated on Saturday Night Live, May 8, 2010
- White, Betty (1995). Here We Go Again: My Life In Television 1949–1995. New York: Simon and Schuster. .
- Betty White, interviewed on Inside the Actors Studio.
- Betty White: Avoiding The Plague of Women Who Lunch
- Allen Ludden, TV Host, Is Dead; On 'College Bowl' and 'Password'. June 10, 1981. p. B6.
- White, Betty (2011). If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won't) (First ed.). Putnam Adult. pp. 110–112. .
- White, Betty (2011). If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won't) (First ed.). Putnam Adult. p. 165. .
- Brett Zongker (May 12, 2012). "Betty White reveals her presidential preference – Yahoo! News". News.yahoo.com. https://news.yahoo.com/betty-white-reveals-her-presidential-preference-071449210.html. Retrieved January 11, 2014.