Since she graced Hollywood with her presence in 1939, Betty White has had the longest television career of any entertainer, spanning 80 years. With more than 110 film and television credits, she is best known for her roles on The Golden Girls, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and more recently, Hot in Cleveland.
At almost 98, the actress and comedian is still thriving in Hollywood and is celebrated often, as she should be. Here are 15 interesting facts about Betty White.
Her Real Name is Betty
Born January 17, 1922, Betty Marion White was the only child of her parents. While there is some confusion that her real name is Elizabeth, Ms. White shut those rumors down in her autobiography, If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t), when she explained that her parents named her Betty because they didn’t like any nicknames for Elizabeth.
She Wanted to Be a Forest Ranger
In her early years, Betty White’s fascination with wildlife began with family vacations to the High Sierras. She wanted to become a forest ranger, but at the time, women weren’t allowed to be rangers. Instead, she pursued writing. I bet she’s happy with how that turned out.
Her Stardom Was Put on Hold During WWII
Before dabbling into television, Betty White was a model, worked in theater, and on the radio. When WWII occurred, the future star joined the American Women’s Voluntary Services and devoted her time to delivering supplies throughout the Hollywood Hills. During nights, she attended dances thrown to send soldiers off.