Betty White Turns 91 Today
(CNN) — Here’s a look at the life of Emmy-award winning actress Betty White.
- Personal: Birth date: January 17, 1922
- Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois
- Birth name: Betty Marion White
- Father: Horace White, electrical engineer
- Mother: Tess White
- Marriages: Allen Ludden (June 14, 1963 – June 9, 1981, his death); Lane Allen (1947 – 1949, divorced); Dick Barker (1945, divorced)
- Children: Three stepchildren with Allen Ludden: David, Martha, and Sarah
- Other Facts: Nominated for 20 Primetime Emmy awards and won five.
- Nominated for one Grammy Award and won one .
- Was offered the role of Blanche Devereaux on “The Golden Girls,” but accepted the role of Rose Nyland instead.
- Turned down a part in the 1997 film, “As Good as it Gets”, because she objected to a scene where a dog is thrown down a laundry chute.
- 1940s – Has roles on several popular radio shows, including “Rin-Tin-Tin”, “This is Your FBI”, and “The Great Gildersleeve.”
- 1949 – Lands her first role on television on “Hollywood on Television”, a live, daily show.
- 1975 – Wins Emmy Award for Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”
- 1976 – Wins Emmy Award for Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”
- 1983 – Wins Daytime Emmy Award for Best Game Show Host for “Just Men!”
- 1985-1992 – Plays Rose Nyland on “The Golden Girls.”
- 1986 – Wins Emmy for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series for “The Golden Girls.”
- 1995 – Is inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.
- 1996 – Wins Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for “The John Larroquette Show.”
- January 23, 2010 – Is presented with the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.
- May 8, 2010 – Hosts “Saturday Night Live.”
- August 18, 2010 – Announces a two book deal with G. P. Putnam and Sons, a memoir called “Listen Up!” and “The Zoo and I: Betty and her Friends.”
- August 21, 2010 – Wins a Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, for her guest host spot on “Saturday Night Live.”
- February 12, 2012 – Wins Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Story Telling) for “If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t).”
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