Golden Girl Betty White Turns 98. What Was Her First Hollywood Role?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Betty White in 1952

Congratulations are so as! Emmy-winner Betty White turned 98 on Jan. 17. The Hollywood legend obtained birthday needs from many celebs, together with Mario Lopez, Ed Asner, Ryan Reynolds, and Sandra Bullock.  

For many, White is finest recognized for her work on sitcoms like Golden Girls and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. But her lengthy profession encompasses way over simply her roles as Rose Nylund and Sue Ann Nivens.

Betty White has been working in Hollywood since she was a young person

White has been working in Hollywood since her teenagers, when she landed a gig on an experimental tv present in Los Angeles shortly after graduating from Beverly Hills High School in 1939. But not many individuals caught her debut — it was solely broadcast in a single constructing, in keeping with 

Her first credited function on IMDB is from 1945, when she appeared in a brief movie known as Time to Kill, a few group of sailors planning for his or her lives after the conflict. It’s on YouTube, and White makes her look on the 10-minute, 30-second mark. 

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Betty White (left) on the set of Hollywood on Television in 1952 | Nigel Dobinson/Getty Images

White labored in radio however by the late 1940s, she’d turned to tv, with company spots and a job as a panelist on an early recreation present. In 1949, she began showing on Hollywood on Television, an early discuss present. She ultimately took over as host and even began her personal manufacturing firm — a rarity for ladies in leisure on the time.   

Soon, White was starring in her personal sitcom, Life With Elizabeth. A protracted string of TV roles adopted, and she or he turned an everyday on discuss reveals and recreation reveals like Password and Match Game. Later got here her memorable roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Golden Girls.

She’s within the ‘Guinness Book of World Records’ 

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Betty White on the 70th Emmy Awards in 2018 | ROBYN BECK/AFP through Getty Images

White’s decades-long profession has earned her loads of accolades, together with a spot within the Guinness Book of World Records. In 2014, she was acknowledged for having the longest TV profession for a feminine entertainer (a file she nonetheless holds). In an interview with the publication, she stated that if she hadn’t pursued a profession in showbiz, she’d have been a zookeeper. But she had no doubts about her path in life. 

“I have no regrets at all. None. I consider myself to be the luckiest old broad on two feet,” she stated. 

Betty White hasn’t retired but 

Most individuals fortunate sufficient to achieve age 98 have most likely retired, however not White. She’s continued to work, most just lately within the 2019 Disney+ collection Forky Asks a Question. She voices the character Bitey White, a toy tiger she additionally portrayed in Toy Story 4. Other latest appearances embrace the TV reveals Young & Hungry and Bones. Hanging up her hat isn’t in her plans, she’s defined. 

“Retirement is not in my vocabulary,” the actress as soon as stated. “They aren’t going to get rid of me that way.”

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