Betty White

Betty White

Timeline of Betty White, a beloved American actress and television personality known for her wit, charm, and comedic talent. With a career spanning over eight decades, she became an icon of the entertainment industry, celebrated for her roles in classic television shows and her enduring presence in pop culture.


January 17, 1922


December 31, 2021


Oak Park, Illinois, United States


Actress and comedian


Beverly Hills High School in California. However, she did not pursue higher education at a college or university, choosing instead to focus on her burgeoning career in entertainment.
05 June 1952

First Woman to Produce a Sitcom

Betty became the first woman to produce a sitcom (Life with Elizabeth), contributing to her receiving the honorary title as the 'First Lady of Television'.

07 October 1953

Release of 'Life with Elizabeth'

Betty White co-created and starred in her first television series 'Life with Elizabeth', for which she also earned her first Emmy Award, becoming one of the few women in television at the time with full creative control in front of and behind the camera.

15 September 1973

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Betty White joined the cast of 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' during its fourth season, portraying Sue Ann Nivens, which resulted in two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

14 September 1985

Release of 'The Golden Girls'

Betty starred as Rose Nylund in 'The Golden Girls', which was a critical and ratings success and earned her another Emmy Award.

19 November 1995

Inducted into the Television Hall of Fame

Betty White was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame, recognizing her lifelong contribution to American television.

08 May 2010

Hosting Saturday Night Live at Age 88

After a grassroots Facebook campaign, Betty hosted 'Saturday Night Live', making her, at age 88, the oldest person to host the show, and for this she earned a Primetime Emmy Award.

20 May 2014

Guinness World Record

Betty White was awarded a Guinness World Record for 'Longest TV Career for an Entertainer (Female)', for her over 70 years in show business.

18 September 2018

Emmy Award Nomination

At 96 years old, Betty received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her appearance on Saturday Night Live, making her the oldest nominee in Emmy history.

17 January 2021

Betty White's 99th Birthday

Betty White celebrated her 99th birthday, marking it with the re-release of her series 'The Pet Set', which had originally aired in the 1970s, showcasing her lifelong devotion to animal welfare.

31 December 2021

Betty White Passed Away at her Home in Los Angeles

Betty White passed away on December 31, 2021, at the age of 99, at her home in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles.

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