Betty White

Actor, Game show panelist, TV host
Comic actress Betty White was a strong television presence for more than 50 years, both as a sitcom player and as an irreverent wit on scores of panel game shows. She was front and center at the birth of live television ... Read more »
Born: 01/16/1922 in Oak Park, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (209)

Hot in Cleveland 2009 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Betty White's Off Their Rockers 2011 - 2014 (TV Show)

Host

Conan 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Hero Dog Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

Pioneers of Television 2008, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The Soul Man 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Third Wish 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hero Dog Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

Inside Comedy 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Save Me 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax 2012 (Movie)

Grammy Norma (Voice)

Hero Dog Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Special Appearance

The 38th Annual People's Choice Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The Client List 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Ace of Cakes 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Genesis Awards 2011 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Hot in Cleveland: Behind the Hotness 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock Center with Brian Williams 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2011 (Tv Show)

Guest

Tina Fey: Mark Twain Prize 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Ally McBeal 1988 - 2001, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Community 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Diagnosis Murder 1988 - 2001, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Empty Nest 1988 - 2001, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Glenn Martin, DDS 1993 - 1994, 1999 - 2001, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Voice

Inside the Actors Studio 2010 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

King of the Hill 1993 - 1994, 1997 - 2002, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Voice

Nurses 1988 - 2001, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

On the Inside 1993 - 1994, 1997 - 2001, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 2010 (Tv Show)

Host

Suddenly Susan 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 2001, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 8th Annual TV Land Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The John Larroquette Show 1988 - 2001, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Middle 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Naked Truth 1988 - 1989, 1993 - 2001, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

You Again 2010 (Movie)

Grandma Bunny (Actor)

30 Rock 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Love N' Dancing 2009 (Movie)

Irene (Actor)

My Name is Earl 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ponyo 2009 (Movie)

Voice of Yoshie (Actor)

The 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Proposal 2009 (Movie)

Grandma Annie (Actor)

Boston Legal 2005 - 2006, 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Million Dollar Password 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards 2008 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Back to the Grind 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 2000, 2007 (Tv Show)

Voice

Ugly Betty 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Family Guy 2006 (Tv Show)

Voice

Game Show Marathon 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Comedy Central Roast of William Shatner 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Complete Savages 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Joey 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV's Greatest Sidekicks 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Everwood 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Malcolm in the Middle 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

My Wife and Kids 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Land Moguls 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Practice 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bringing Down the House 2003 (Movie)

Mrs Kline (Actor)

I'm With Her 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Bea Arthur 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

That '70s Show 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Golden Girls: Their Greatest Moments 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mary Tyler Moore Reunion 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside TV Land 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Noddy 1998 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Providence 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Yes, Dear 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bob 1993 - 1994, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Betty White 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Estelle Getty 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Sharon Lawrence 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Ladies Man 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 70s: The Decade That Changed Television 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ellen Show 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Intimate Portrait: Rue McClanahan 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 14th Annual American Comedy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 26th Annual People's Choice Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Whispers: An Elephant's Tale 2000 (Movie)

of Round (Voice)

L.A. Doctors 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Lake Placid 1999 (Movie)

Mrs Bickerman (Actor)

The Lionhearts 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

The Story of Us 1999 (Movie)

Lillian (Actor)

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Dennis the Menace Strikes Again 1998 (Movie)

Mrs Wilson (Actor)

Hard Rain 1998 (Movie)

Doreen (Actor)

Holy Man 1998 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Maybe This Time 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Love Songs 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Second Annual Comedy Hall of Fame 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope's Birthday Memories 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope: The First Ninety Years 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Santa Barbara 1983 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Golden Palace 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Throwaway Pets 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

What Is This Thing Called Love? 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Doris Day: A Sentimental Journey 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Star-athon '92: A Weekend With the Stars 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Golden Girls 1985 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Meaning of Life 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Mary Tyler Moore: The 20th Anniversary Show 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 17th Annual People's Choice Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 5th Annual American Comedy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tube Test 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Walt Disney World Happy Easter Parade 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

A Conversation With Dinah 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope's Love Affair With Lucy 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 4th Annual American Comedy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Red Cross Emergency Test 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Friday Night Surprise! 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Sweethearts 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hollywood Christmas Parade 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magical World of Disney (10/09/88) 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The New Liar's Club 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Valvoline National Driving Test 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

ALF Loves a Mystery 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual Emmy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Double Talk 1985 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Birthday, Hollywood! 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 13th Annual People's Choice Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1st Annual American Comedy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual Emmy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (12/02/86) 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

This Is Your Life 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Walt Disney World's 15th Birthday Celebration 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

America Talks Back 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Real Trivial Pursuit 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Mama's Family 1982 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Love Report 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Those Wonderful TV Game Shows 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Just Men 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Stephanie 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Shape of Things 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Before and After 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Paul Lynde at the Movies 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Snavely 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Betty White Show 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The John Davidson Christmas Show 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Liar's Club 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mary Tyler Moore Show 1970 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Paul Lynde Halloween Special 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pet Set 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Vanished 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Advise and Consent 1962 (Movie)

Senator Bessie Adams (Actor)

The Betty White Show 1957 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

The Betty White Show 1953 - 1955 (TV Show)

Actor

Life With Elizabeth 1953 - 1954 (TV Show)

Actor

Annie's Point (TV Show)

Actor

Chance of a Lifetime (TV Show)

Actor

Eunice (TV Show)

Actor

Stealing Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

The Best Place to Be (TV Show)

Actor

The Gossip Columnist (TV Show)

Actor

The Lost Valentine (TV Show)

Actor

The Love Boat (TV Show)

Actor

The Retrievers (TV Show)

Actor

The Story of Santa Claus (TV Show)

Voice

Tom Sawyer (TV Show)

Voice

With This Ring (TV Show)

Actor
Casting (3)

Carry on Regardless 1963 (Movie)

(Casting)

Carry on Teacher 1962 (Movie)

(Casting)

Carry on Constable 1961 (Movie)

(Casting)
Music (1)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Performer

Biography

Comic actress Betty White was a strong television presence for more than 50 years, both as a sitcom player and as an irreverent wit on scores of panel game shows. She was front and center at the birth of live television in the 1940s, serving as one of the medium's earliest female producers - in addition to making her mark as a comedienne on sitcoms and popular game shows that depended on a fast quip. White's regular appearances on the panels of "Liar's Club" and "Password" nearly eclipsed her acting work until a supporting role on the acclaimed sitcom "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (CBS, 1970-77) reestablished her primetime presence, earning her an Emmy for her angelic-faced but bawdy "happy homemaker," Sue Ann Nivens. She went on to enjoy further sitcom successes with NBC's surprise gal pal hit, "The Golden Girls" (NBC, 1985-1992), where she offered up daffy naiveté as Rose Nylund. As White's status evolved into that of a revered pop culture icon, her razor wit was tapped nonstop for everything from "That '70s Show" (Fox, 1998-2006) and "Boston Legal" (ABC, 2004-09) to a Facebook-instigated hosting stint on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ), which made her one of the hippest octogenarians in small screen history. Like television comedian Lucille Ball and other timeless talents from the early days of television, White remained a relevant comedic force for decades and was destined to live on in rebroadcasts forever.

Relationships

Lane Allan Actor

Husband
Married on Nov. 8, 1947 Divorced in 1949

Frederick Barker

Husband
Married on July 9, 1945; separated after four months together Divorced in December 1945

Allen Ludden Actor

Husband
Met in 1961 when White appeared on "Password" (CBS, ABC) Married June 14, 1963 Ludden suffered a debilitating stroke in the fall of 1980 and died from stomach cancer on June 9, 1981 at age 63

David Ludden

Step-Son
Son of Allen Ludden and Margaret McGloin

Martha Ludden

Step-Daughter
Daughter of Allen Ludden and Margaret McGloin

Sarah Ludden

Step-Daughter
Daughter of Allen Ludden and Margaret McGloin

Horace White

Father

Tess White

Mother

EDUCATION

Beverly Hills High School

Beverly Hills , California 1939

Milestones

2012

Voiced the character Grammy Norma in animated feature "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax"

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

2011

Co-starred with Jennifer Love Hewitt in the Lifetime drama "The Lost Valentine"

2010

Hosted NBC's "Saturday Night Live" after fans campaigned on social networking site Facebook

2010

Co-starred opposite Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick, and Valerie Bertinelli on TV Land's ensemble comedy "Hot in Cleveland"

2009

Joined Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds for the comedy "The Proposal"

2009

Earned an Emmy nomination for her guest starring role on NBC's "My Name is Earl" as the Crazy Witch Lady

2007

Starred in a parody of ABC's "Ugly Betty" titled "Ugly Betty White" for the TV Land Awards

2007

Played herself as the victim of Wilhelmina Slater's (Vanessa Williams) temper on an episode of "Ugly Betty" (ABC)

2006

Joined the CBS soap opera "The Bold and the Beautiful" as Ann Douglas, the mother of arch Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery)

2005

Again portrayed Catherine Piper with a recurring role on "Boston Legal" (ABC)

2004

Guest starred on three episodes of "The Practice" (ABC) as Carol Piper, a resident of Alan Shore's (James Spader) hometown

2003

Joined Steve Martin for the comedy "Bringing Down the House"

2002

Received an Emmy nomination for her guest starring role on "Yes, Dear" (CBS)

2002

Landed a recurring role on "That '70s Show" (Fox) as Kitty's mother

2001

Voiced Grandma Sophie in "The Wild Thornberry's: The Origin of Donnie"

1999

Provided some comic relief as a foul-mouthed widow in the thriller "Lake Placid"

1999

Had a regular role on the CBS sitcom "Ladies Man"

1998

Cast as Mrs. Wilson in the straight to video release "Dennis the Menace Strikes Again"

1996

Received an Emmy nomination for appearance on "Suddenly Susan" (NBC)

1996

Played herself on a memorable episode of "The John Larroquette Show" (NBC)

1995

Played Marie Osmond's mother on the short-lived ABC sitcom "Maybe This Time"

1993

Joined the cast of "Bob" (CBS) as Bob Newhart's boss

1992

Reprised role of Rose Nylund for the spin-off "The Golden Palace" (CBS)

1985

Played the memorable role of ditzy and sweet Rose Nylund on the NBC comedy series "The Golden Girls"

1983

Hosted the NBC game show "Just Men!"

1983

Landed a recurring role as the snobbish Ellen, the title character's oldest daughter on "Mama's Family" (NBC)

1977

Headlined her own short-lived sitcom "The Betty White Show" (CBS)

1973

Played the relentlessly perky Sue Ann Nivens on CBS' "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"

1970

Hosted the syndicated animal series "The Pet Set"

1970

Made TV-movie debut in "Vanished" (Fox)

1967

Co-hosted the "78th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade" (NBC)

1962

Feature film debut "Advise and Consent"

1961

Regularly appeared as a panelist on game show "Password" (CBS, ABC)

1958

Hosted her own variety program "The Betty White Show" (ABC)

1957

Produced and starred on "Date with the Angels" (ABC)

1956

Appeared on "The Story of Virginia Lennert" episode of "The Millionaire" (CBS)

1955

Became a panelist on game show "Make the Connection" (NBC)

1953

Produced and starred on the syndicated sitcom "Life with Elizabeth" (retitled "The Betty White Show" in 1954)

1949

Made TV debut after several years in radio

Bonus Trivia

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White was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1995.

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"I'm better known for my animal work than my career. I spend more time on it. I'm not into animal rights, I'm into animal health and well-being." – White to The Los Angeles Times, July 13, 1999

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"She could read the phone book and be funny." – director Steve Miner on White to The Los Angeles Times, July 13, 1999

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"I love a good time. My mother and dad had a deliciously bawdy sense of humor." – White quoted in Emmy Issue No. 4, 2010

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