American television personality, author, singer, actress and comedienne Betty White has been an active showbusiness personality for over 70 years now. White began her career singing songs from “The Merry Widow” for a Los Angeles TV channel. The actress had barely landed a professional acting gig at the Bliss Hayden Little Theatre and went to star in a number of radio shows in the 1940s including “This Is Your FBI”, “The Great Gildersleeve” and “Blondie”. In 1949, White joined the cast of the daily, live variety show called “Hollywood on Television” and went on to create and star in the comedy show “Life With Elizabeth” that was based on a sketch from the show,
White made her film debut in “Advise and Consent”, a 1962 drama, though she stuck to television roles for a major part of her career. Her notable TV hosting roles include NBC’s annual broadcast of the Tournament of Roses Parade and CBS’s broadcast of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. White also starred in a number of successful TV shows including “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”, game shows like “Password”, “Pyramid” and “I've Got a Secret”. In 1977, White was given her own sitcom called “The Betty White Show” though it was her role as Rose Nylund on the series “The Golden Girls” that took her career to new heights. The series ran from 1985 to 1992 and White was nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series at the Emmys every year during the show’s run.
In the 1990s and 2000s, White guest-starred in a number of TV shows including “The Practice”, “Yes, Dear”, “Suddenly Susan”, “Malcolm in the Middle”, “That '70s Show”, “Ally McBeal” and “Boston Legal”. In 2009, the actress appeared in the film “The Proposal” and went on to co-star in the 2010 film “You Again”. In 2010, White landed a recurring role on the sitcom “Hot in Cleveland” and went to star in the prank show “Betty White's Off Their Rockers” in 2012.
Thanks to a career spanning over seven decades, American actress and TV personality Betty White has accumulated a net worth of $18 million. Even though she has never made her paychecks publics, sources claim that is being paid a mammoth $75,000 per episode for her role in the TV series “Hot in Cleveland”.
Betty White has been a passionate animal rights supporter all her life and has created clothing line and the 2011 Pin-Up Calendar to support various animal charities. She has been active member of the Morris Animal Foundation for over 45 years and her favorite hobby and pastime is spending time with animals at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens.
Betty White married U.S. Army Air Corps pilot Dick Barker in 1945 though the marriage only lasted a couple of year. She then got married to Hollywood agent Lane Allen though this marriage too ended in a divorce in ’49. Betty did not date anyone for a time after this though she got married for a third time in 1963 to Allen Ludden, the noted television host and personality. The couple did not have any children of their own though White became a step mother to Ludden’s three children from a previous marriage. Sadly, Ludden died of stomach cancer in 1981. White did not remarry and has never been romantically linked to anyone since. The actress doesn’t have any children of her own.