The actor is likely best known for playing Rose Nylund in the 1985 series The Golden Girls, which ran until 1992, but she actually got her start by appearing in radio productions back in the ’40s. Though she will always be Rose to us, White reached superstar status for multiple comedic performances in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Betty White Show, The Love Boat, Mama’s Family, The Golden Palace, Ladies Man, That ’70s Show, Boston Legal, The Bold and the Beautiful, Hot in Cleveland, and too many more to count. Throughout her career, White scored multiple Emmys, Screen Actors Guild Awards, American Comedy Awards, and a Grammy…not too shabby.
Betty White was born on January 17, 1922, in Oak Park, Illinois. White recently spoke to People Magazine about her secret to a long, happy life. “I’m so lucky to be in such good health and feel so good at this age,” she said in December. “It’s amazing.”
White described herself as a “born a cockeyed optimist” in the interview. “I got it from my mom, and that never changed,” she added. “I always find the positive.”
For the cover story, People spoke to a number of White’s famous friends about her legacy, including The Proposal costars Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. “I heard that scripts for Golden Girls were only 35 pages, which makes sense because so many of the laughs come from Betty simply looking at her castmates,” Reynolds said.
“Timing isn’t easy in comedy, because you have to navigate other people’s timing. Betty pivots like I have never seen, making it look seamless,” Bullock added. “The rest of us just remain silent and pray we’re not cut out of the scene.”