How much is Betty White worth?
|Net Worth:||$80 Million
|Date of Birth:||January 17, 1922|
|Country:||United States of America|
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Who Is Betty White
Betty White was born Betty White. Her parents chose to name her Betty, not Elizabeth, because they didn’t like any of the other possible nicknames. Instead, Betty would be “Betty,” a sentence that might as well explain her whole career. Although she has enjoyed historic success in sitcoms, she has been cast most frequently as herself. Crowned the First Lady of Game Shows, the only thing that has stopped her from playing more characters is that she is too witty, charming and plain likable when she is just being her.
Betty Marion White was born in Oak Park, Illinois, but moved with her family to Los Angeles when she was two. She would weather the Great Depression as a teenager and graduated high school seeking work as a writer. She enjoyed early success, but her career was sidetracked slightly, in 1941, by the outbreak of global war.
After World War II, she got her own radio show and ultimately moved to the screen, co-writing and performing sketch comedy for Hollywood on Television. White’s comedic gifts made her stand out, and by 1952 she was hosting the show. That same year, she got her first big break in Life With Elizabeth, a sitcom she would co-create, produce and star in. In a decade where her contemporaries were playing housewife, Betty had total creative control over a major television show and her first Emmy win for her efforts.
Building A Legacy
America loved Betty White the comedic actress, and would love Betty White the person even more. She first appeared as herself in her own talk show, The Betty White Show, and though it wouldn’t last long, her wit brought her to the attention of the booming game show trend. Between 1955 and 1982, she appeared regularly on Password (and it’s knockoffs), What’s My Line?, To Tell the Truth, I’ve Got a Secret, Match Game and Pyramid, and in 1983 won another Emmy—Outstanding Game Show Host, the first such award for a woman—for hosting the show Just Men! The hosts loved her too—some more than others. Allen Ludden of Password loved her so much that the two would marry in 1963 and stay together until Ludden’s death in 1981. In 1973, White made a guest appearance on the Mary Tyler Moore Show. It was meant to be just a cameo, but White was so good at darting from saccharine to sardonic as the razor-tongued man-chaser Sue Ann Nivens that she earned a spot on the permanent cast.
This would be the exact opposite of the role she would play on her other enduring legacy, The Golden Girls, from 1985 to 1992. White was originally offered the part of the bawdy Blanche, but at a reading, the director advised that she and Rue McClanahan switch roles to avoid typecasting themselves. Instead, White played the terminally naïve Rose. She won an Emmy for the first season, and was nominated every year after.
Better With Age
Since the end of Golden Girls in 1992, White has been a professional television icon. She has guest starred in too many shows to name, winning five Guest Actress Emmys since 1996, and in 2010, hosted Saturday Night Live because of an overwhelming Facebook petition, giving the show its best ratings in 18 months.
The last decade has seen a Betty White resurgence, and we are all better for it. Her wit and humor hasn’t dimmed one bit with age—if anything, her act of switching on a dime between sweet grandma and over-sexed vixen has gotten better. Any time she’s asked if there’s anything she hadn’t done over her celebrated career, she coyly quips in perfect deadpan, “Robert Redford.”
Defining Quote “Don’t get me started on reality TV because I don’t want to use language I shouldn’t use.”