The indomitable Betty White turns 98 today.
Born January 17, 1922, she has the longest ever Television career, spanning 80 years. In the 30s, she acted on many radio shows and, in 1949, she began regularly appearing on television, working as a “girl Friday” on Hollywood on Television.(1) She is perhaps best known for her role as Rose Nylund in The Golden Girls (NBC, 1985–1992) but she also starred in The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970) and even had her own series Life with Elizabeth, in 1952.
In 2011, her book If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t) was published and she won a Grammy Award for best spoken-word album for the audiobook.
— Betty White (@BettyMWhite) January 11, 2020
Betty White’s most recent Television credit is for Forky Asks a Question, a spin off of Toy Story 4, where she is the voice of Bitey White.
She is considered a treasure in Hollywood. White was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1995.
All that to say, Happy 98th Birthday the “Grand Dame of Television”.
Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock sent a nice message to their The Proposal co-star:
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) January 17, 2020
And maybe the best use of a reaction GIF:
I land in San Antonio, make my way to a bathroom stall, I open Twitter to see Betty White trending and the tears started to well up as I sat on the public restroom toilet. Then I clicked it then saw that she’s 98 today and realized everything was going to be ok! pic.twitter.com/9NqMlaL2ew
— Pax South ✈️ Austin Creed – Future King (@XavierWoodsPhD) January 17, 2020
Happy 98th Birthday to BETTY WHITE.
Born: January 17, 1922 in Oak Park, Illinois, USA.
American actress and comedian, with the longest television career of any entertainer, spanning 80 years. pic.twitter.com/4LTIsrY2Og
— Hollywood’s Golden Age (@HGAFilms) January 17, 2020
Happy 98th birthday to the legendary #BettyWhite!
Thank you for being a friend. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ZtgBv5HDvR
— GLAAD (@glaad) January 17, 2020
Image: Betty White/ Twitter