These Stunning Vintage Photos of Betty White Will Blow You Away

There is no other way to describe beloved actor Betty White than icon, and her death on December 31, 2021 is a tremendous loss. 

In her nearly 100 years of life, the comedian brought so much joy to our lives through her trailblazing roles on sitcoms like Golden Girls and The Mary Tyler Moore Show as well as movie including The Proposal and Lake Placid. She’s won several Emmys over the course of her nine decade career and was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame in 1995. Off screen, White was a passionate animal health advocate who worked tirelessly with organizations like the Los Angeles Zoo Commission and the Morris Animal Foundation.

There are so many reasons to love this Golden Girl—and now we’re adding these stunning vintage photos we dug up to the list. Take a look. 

A headshot portrait of American actor Betty White wearing a veiled hat, circa 1955. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)Hulton Archive
Betty White, circa 1954.Bettmann
Actor Betty White in 1956.Hulton Archive
Promotional studio portrait of American actor Betty White in 1955. Hulton Archive
Original Caption: Betty White, star of DuMont’s Life with Elizabeth show, has just about enough time to feed her huge St. Bernard, Stormy, before dashing off to the studio from home.Bettmann
Betty White in a publicity shot from the 1950’s for the television.De Carvalho Collection
Betty White, circa 1955. Archive Photos
Betty White, circa 1960.Bettmann
A promotional photo for The Betty White Show, 1977.CBS Photo Archive
Betty White in the 1950s.Bettmann
Actor and activist Betty White as Sue Ann Nivens in a publicity portrait for the CBS situation comedy The Mary Tyler Moore Show, 1974. CBS Photo Archive
Betty White in 1957.ABC Photo Archives
Betty White with her dog Stormy in 1954.NBC
Betty White in 1958.ABC Photo Archives
Betty White in 1954.NBC
Betty White in the mid 1950s.De Carvalho Collection
Betty White in 1958.ABC Photo Archives
Betty White at the 38th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.Ron Galella
Betty White filming for NBC. NBC

This post has been updated. 

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