Her Endless Beauty

Her Endless Beauty
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Betty White captivated audiences with her portrayals of characters like the Sue Ann Nevins in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," the sweet yet naive Rose Nylund in "The Golden Girls " and the lovable mischief maker Elka Ostrovsky in "Hot in Cleveland." Her roles were defined by her personality, smile and quick witted humor. In addition to hosting reality shows she also left a lasting impression through film appearances such as her role in the 2009 romantic comedy "The Proposal" (not forgetting her playful mock feud with co-star Ryan Reynolds). To celebrate her journey she had planned to release a documentary titled "Betty White; 100 Years Young – A Birthday Celebration" that would have delighted fans.

The producers have informed the Los Angeles Times that the feature film will still premiere as planned albeit, under a title.

The actress had a successful career in television that spanned seven decades. However it was in 2010 when she experienced a resurgence thanks to a Facebook campaign inspired by a Super Bowl commercial. This campaign led to her being selected as the host of "Saturday Night Live " making her the oldest host at the age of 88. Her appearance on the show garnered ratings. Even earned her an Emmy award. Throughout her career she received a total of five Emmy awards and received 16 nominations.

Early Life 

Born on January 17 1922 in Oak Park, Illinois she came from a family consisting of her father Horace White, who worked as a traveling salesman and electrical engineer and her mother Tess Curts White, who was a homemaker. When she was a toddler during the Great Depression era her family relocated to Los Angeles.

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During her time in school she showcased her acting talent by starring in theater productions. Following graduation she joined the American Women's Voluntary Services during World War II. Afterward she made an entry into radio before launching her on screen career in the 1950s during what's often referred to as television's "golden age." This period is widely recognized for its contributions, to entertainment history according to Ryan Lintelman—a curator specializing in this field at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

According to Lintelmans email to the magazine the initial era of television broadcasting was marked by a multitude of approaches, where American entertainers and producers successfully transformed established radio and stage formats to suit the new medium.

Best Host Of Her Time

Best Host Of Her Time
(Best Host Of Her Time/Image Credits: Los Angeles Times)

Betty White made her television debut as the host of "Hollywood on Television" from 1949 to 1953. This daily talk show, running for five hours marked her as the first woman to helm such a program. Throughout her lifetime she continued to break barriers for women in the television industry. As noted by Matt Zoller Seitz in Variety, White's fame only grew after she surpassed the age of 40, a milestone that often signaled a decline in stardom for women. It wasn't until the 1970s that White achieved recognition with her role on the "Mary Tyler Moore Show," when she was almost 50 years old.

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However, before her role Betty White's talents and infectious smile were evident, in "Life With Elizabeth " a sitcom that aired from 1953 to 1955. To the show "I Love Lucy" during that time "Life With Elizabeth '' chronicled the comical misadventures of Elizabeth and her newlywed husband.