Through the Years with Betty White


Shelby Reed, reporter

Born on January 19, 1922 Betty White has been a role model for many. She brought endless joy to so many people’s lives through the years. Her TV career began in 1949 and had taken off in 1952. The beauty she had brought was shining through with her smile. In 1955, Betty was honored during a Christmas parade in Los Angeles. Later, in 1972 she hosted the Tournament of Roses Parade.

Betty White was the last Golden Girl to be alive. She achieved the record for longest TV career as a female entertainer. A 2010 Super Bowl commercial introduced her to another generation and re-energized her career. Before her career in television, she worked in theater, radio and as a model. When working on a set, she would eventually win two Emmy Awards for her work. The main show she played in, “The Golden Girls,” lasted seven seasons landing her another Emmy Award. Betty got inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1995 and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame along her late husband Allen Ludden.

As a well known animal lover, she was extremely active in animal health. For nearly 40 years, White served as a trustee of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association. Betty White has left behind a legacy that has touched the hearts of millions. She passed away on December 31, 2021 just seventeen days before her 100th birthday.  Many people were surprised. She had been in almost perfect health, and it was said she just went to sleep like it was her time to go.