Betty White Turns 91 Today

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(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.

Timeline:

  • 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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