Who is Betty White?
Betty Marion White was born on 17 January 1922, in Oak Park, Illinois, USA, and is an actress as well as a comedian, known particularly for having the longest television career of any female entertainer at 80 years. She is regarded as one of the pioneers of television, especially for women. She was the first woman to produce a sitcom, also appeared as a guest in numerous American game shows, and has won numerous awards over the course of her career.
The Net Worth of Betty White
How rich is Betty White? As of early-2019, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $75 million, earned through a successful career in entertainment. She is a Disney Legend, a Television Hall of Fame inductee, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. All of her achievements have ensured the position of her wealth.
Early Life and Education
Betty is the daughter of a lighting company executive and a housewife, of Greek, Danish, English, Canadian and Welsh descent. While she was born in Illinois, her family moved to Alhambra, California before settling in Los Angeles during the Great Depression.
She attended Horace Mann School Beverly Hills and later Beverly Hills High School. She was highly interested in wildlife and the outdoors, aspiring to become a forest ranger, however, she was not able to achieve such a goal as women were not allowed to serve as rangers. She instead focused her interests on writing, and discovered her passion for acting after performing on a school play, so after matriculating, she decided to pursue a career as an actress.
In 1939, White made her television debut shortly after her high school graduation, and also worked at the Bliss Hayden Little Theatre. She did modelling work too, but put her career on hold during World War II as she worked with American Women’s Voluntary Services. After the war, she looked for work once more, but was turned down by many studios. She then turned to radio, and read commercials while also playing bit parts. She took on any opportunity that was offered to her, in shows such as “This Is Your FBI” and “Blondie”.
In 1949, she appeared as a co-host for the variety show “Hollywood on Television”, following Al Jarvis’ departure, and also sang during broadcasts, which led to her first nomination for an Emmy Award in the category Best Actress. From her work as a host, she decided to start working on other shows inspired by the show “Life with Elizabeth’ in which she played the titular character, winning awards in the process, becoming one of the few women who had full creative control of a show. She also did commercials and made guest appearances during this period.
In 1954, Betty produced her own “The Betty White Show” for NBC, but it was cancelled at the end of the year. She then appeared in the sitcom “Date with the Angels” which was a disaster , but the ABC would not release her until her contract was fulfilled. In the 1960s, she turned her attention to network game shows, and made many appearances as a celebrity guest in the show “Password”, and frequent appearances in “Pyramid”, “What’s My Line”, and “To Tell the Truth”. In 1962, she made her feature film debut in “Advise & Content” which got good reviews, but this would be her only film appearance for a long time.
In the 1970s, she started making guest appearances in the sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in which she played the man-hungry Sue Ann Nivens, gaining her second and third Emmys thanks to her performance. After the end of the show in 1977, she got her own sitcom entitled “The Betty White Show”, but once again it was cancelled after a season. She then started guesting on other shows, and became the first woman to win a Daytime Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Game Show Host for her work on “Just Men!”
— Betty White (@BettyMWhite) March 23, 2015
In 1985, White landed one of the biggest roles of her career in “The Golden Girls”, starring alongside Beatrice Arthur, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty. The show was highly successful and she won an Emmy Award for her performance. The show ended in 1992 after Arthur’s departure from the series, but the other characters reprised their role in “The Golden Palace”, but which only lasted for a season. Afterwards, White continued with guest appearances in various shows; in 2006 she joined “The Bold and the Beautiful”, and also had a recurring role in “Boston Legal”.
After a successful campaign with Snickers, she became the oldest person to host “Saturday Night Live”, and then took on a role in the sitcom “Hot in Cleveland”, for which she was nominated for another Emmy, and continued with the show for the next six seasons. Other projects she had during the latter part of her career include “The Lost Valentine”. She also made various television specials including “Betty White’s 90th Birthday Party”, and one of her latest projects was the documentary entitled “Betty White: First Lady of Television”. She launched her own clothing line in 2010 with proceeds going to support animal charities.
For her personal life, it is known that Betty married US Army Air Corps pilot Dick Barker in 1945 but their marriage lasted for a few months only. She then married Hollywood agent Lane Allen in 1947, which lasted for just two years, and her third marriage would be in 1963, to television host Allen Ludden who she met during an appearance in the game show “Password”; she legally changed her name to Betty White Ludden. According to reports, he proposed twice before she accepted and they appeared together in an episode of “The Odd Couple”. They continued to make game show appearances through the years, until he passed away from stomach cancer in 1981; they had no children together, although he was also previously married and had three children from that marriage which White accepted as her own. Since his death, she has not remarried, stating in an interview that she already had the best.