Betty White is now a Guinness World Record holder, natch
No, Betty White did not just eat 20 bajillion hot dogs or swim the English Channel in a clown suit, or bring the biggest gift to a party where you invited everyone you knew– but, she now, officially, has the honor of having the world’s longest career in television!
Pretty much, anyway. She’s officially matched Bruce Forsyth’s TV record, at 74 years, so they gave her “Longest TV Career For An Entertainer (Female).” However, given that she’s still working, she’s likely to have the title all to herself pretty soon.
Betty White got her start in radio, only about three months after she graduated from high school, and was successful enough in that to even have her own program, the first “The Betty White Show.” Her television debut was in 1949, on a variety show called “Hollywood on Television” — for which she was nominated for her first Best Actress Emmy in 1950 (she lost that one but eventually won six others). Throughout the 50s, she hosted a talk show, starred in a sitcom called “Life With Elizabeth,” and was pretty much as crazy busy as she is nowadays.
Check out this video of Betty singing on her talk show, the second “The Betty White Show:”
She’s so cute!
Of course, her biggest success came in the 70s when she was cast as “Happy Homemaker” Sue Ann Nivens on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show:”
White also made a pretty awesome career out of appearing on game shows, and even ended up marrying the host of “Password,” Allen Ludden.
But then, in the 80s, a glorious show came along. Your favorite show of all time. My favorite show of all time. Probably the best television show in the history of television shows. Starring Betty White, Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty and written the amazing Susan Harris. That show was “The Golden Girls.”
After 74 years in television, White is still going strong– with her hit show “Hot In Cleveland” now being renewed for a fifth season.