Betty White has worked behind and infront of the camera. She was one of the few women at her time to attempt such varied roles.
Some actors and their performances leave an everlasting impact in our hearts. The characters they play are just as timeless as the actors themselves.So it only makes sense that they're appreciated for the talent. Betty White, one of the few actors from the golden years who is a powerhouse of talent and wit, is one such actress. Having amused us for years, it shouldn't be a surprise if she holds a Guinness World Record.
According to Today, White's long career was officially acknowledged and the 98-year-old holds the record of the Longest TV Career for an Entertainer (Female).
The 2014 edition of the Guinness World Records was responsible for honoring the comedian's hard work over the years. Having received the record, White expressed her happiness and shock. She said, "I was astounded when [Guinness World Records] called to tell me. Who? Me!?! It’s such an honor. The book has always been fascinating to me. I can’t believe I’m now associated with it," according to the official Gunnies website.
They also stated that the record was awarded to the actress of her 74-year long career in the entertainment industry. The legendary actress and comedian made her debut in 1939. However, according to Red Book Magazine, her career really took off after World War II. She began hosting Hollywood on Television with Al Jarvis in 1952.
Recalling those days, White said, "Al was a great one to work with. He'd throw something at me, and I'd try to be there to bat it back. It was like going to television college. You don't get that kind of experience today," according to Red Book Magazine. In 1955, White earned her first Emmy nomination after she took over the show and turned it into Life with Elizabeth. Not only did she star in the show but she became the producer of the show at a time when it was rare to see women behind the camera.
As years went by, White became a prominent and regular face on television. She made appearances on game shows, became a guest star for several sitcoms, and also served as host on various occasions. Her portrayal of Sue Ann on The Mary Tyler Moore Show was a milestone in her career. The iconic actress won two Emmy Awards for the role in the category for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 1976.
While she continued making heads turn for all the right reasons, Betty White landed the biggest role of her career in 1985. She played Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls and became a superstar. The success of the show and her impeccable talent won her the Emmy for Outstanding Actress in 1986. Her performance won the hearts of many that she got nominated every year till the end of the show.
Speaking of the sitcom she said, "I think we were just trying to tell it like it is. I think older women still have a full life. Maybe the writers don't address it these days, but it doesn't change the fact," according to Red Book Magazine. The sitcom was very special to the actress that she named it as one of her "favorites" after getting the record, according to the official Guinness World Records.
Besides, White tried to incorporate her love for animals in her career. Having been an advocate for animals for years, the enthusiastic actress wrote and produced Pet Set. "The Pet Set and Golden Girls, just to name a few. Especially the former, as I wrote and produced it and could have on any animals I wanted," said the actress. White is so passionate about animals that she says she would have been a zookeeper if acting had not worked out for her.
White still continues to be a part of the industry and is not planning to slow down any time soon. Being a veteran in the industry, she advises new actors "to do their homework and take the time to appreciate their profession."
"It is a privilege to do what we do," Betty White says.