It’s January 17th, 2017 and you know what that means?
No, it’s not that we have only three more days until … it’s MUCH BETTER NEWS than that. Today is Betty White’s 95th birthday! This amazing, pioneering woman has had a television and film career spanning eight decades, she’s won 7 Emmy awards, 3 Screen Actors Guild awards, 3 American Comedy awards and a Grammy. Starting out in radio, our beloved Betty quickly transitioned to television host (Hollywood on Television), then nabbed the lead in her first series, Life with Elizabeth, which she also produced and had creative control over. From her sardonic Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show to Betty’s dim but Golden Rose Nylund and utterly bananas Elka Ostrovsky (Hot in Cleveland) we’ve been completely blessed to have her grace, wit and comedic genius in our lives for so long; here’s hoping she’s as immortal as she is beloved. Here are a few things you might not know about Betty.
She loves French Fries and as of 2010, ate them every night with her dinner.
Call her Doctor White: Betty has been a well-known supporter and defender of animals her whole life; in 2007 she received an honorary doctorate in humane veterinary science from California’s Western University of Health Sciences.
She was married 3 times; for 18 years to the love of her life, Allen Ludden, who passed away in 1981 — after which she never wanted to remarry.
Bea Arthur may have called Betty something else (because White was so cheery and nice), but Betty somehow always maintained her cheery outlook: “It was my positive attitude — and that made Bea mad sometimes … she was not that fond of me”.
For The Golden Girls, Betty was originally chosen to play Blanche, and Rue McClanahan for Rose, but the pair switched to avoid typecasting.
Like Kristen Bell, Betty is completely taken with sloths; in particular, at 95 she’s fallen for — “a little sweet on” — a little fella she met at the Wildlife Center at the Los Angeles Zoo.
She’s “an admitted addict” to … crossword puzzles.