The Legendary Betty White

Kooper Sutherland, Author

Betty White will go down as an easy candidate for one of the greatest actresses of all time. Between her countless years of service or many awards, White has undoubtedly earned a place in all of our hearts.


White passed away on December 31, 2021, at the age of 99, just two weeks away from her 100th birthday. However, this did not stop her from holding a world record. The record went to White for having the longest TV career of any female in history. This illustrious career is tied with the British TV show host Bruce Forsyth, as they both began in 1939. 


In addition to her long career, White was also a part of the American Women’s Voluntary Services. The AMVS was a 1940’s program in the 1940’s for women to play a part in WWII. Her days were devoted to delivering supplies via PX truck throughout the Hollywood Hills, but her nights were spent at rousing dances thrown to five grand send-offs to soldiers set to ship out.


As far as White’s personal life was concerned, she was married three different times. Named in order, her husbands were: Dick Barker, Lane Allen, and Allen Ludden. Additionally, White also had a passion for animals. This passion was so intense, it was said that she would’ve been a zookeeper, had she not been an actress. In addition, she donated immense amounts of money to zoos and animal shelters for fantastic causes.


Those are only a few of the things that make White a legend. White has supported animals every step of the way, and donated immense amounts of money every chance she got.  She’s done it all, from having the longest acting career of any woman ever, to being engaged thrice. But accomplishments or not, Betty White was, and will always be an icon.