Betty White, now approaching her nineties, continues to be one of the most active and celebrated stars in the industry. It’s hard to believe that when she was just beginning her career in 1939, Betty White was denied numerous roles as she was deemed “not photogenic enough” by the studios. Fortunately, 3 years after graduating from high school, she landed her first television role as a singer on a test show in Los Angeles, a major milestone in her career. During the 1940s and 1950s, Betty’s career skyrocketed and she became one of the first female stars in the entertainment industry to host her own talk show.
In 1985, White further advanced her career when she landed the role of Rose Nylund in one of the most successful sitcoms of all time, The Golden Girls. The show aired its last episode in 1992, more than twenty years ago, but fans still come back to see the show where White’s career was soared to new heights. His warm demeanor and relatable sense of humor have helped his career survive more than 7 full decades. While most of her life is like an open book to her fans, there are still a few things you probably don’t know about this golden girl. Here are 20 things you don’t know about Betty White.
1. He has a Guinness World Record
In 2014, when the record-keeping show was auditioned, Betty White received a title for longest television career for a female artist. The record showed seventy-four + years in show business. The previous year, the title of longest television career of a male entertainer had been awarded to Bruce Forsyth, who had been a longtime British television host. Since the two began their careers in ’39, they would be competing for the same title, if not for the gender disparity.
2. His first television appearance disappeared from history.
Even White has a hard time remembering the exact name of her debut screen show in 1939. However, there is one event in particular that she recounts as a life change during an interview with the Guinness Book of World Records. He was given the opportunity to dance on an experimental television show, based in downtown Los Angeles. She wore her high school graduation gown and danced with the student body president (Harry Bennett) of her school: Beverly Hills High, to the tune of “Merry Widow Waltz.”
3. His rise to stardom was delayed with World War II.
Before trying her luck on television, Betty White worked in radio, theater and also as a model. However, when World War II struck, she had to put her ambitions aside and join the American Women’s Voluntary Services. She would spend her days delivering supplies via PX truck through the Hollywood Hills and then spend her evenings at exciting balls organized to bid the soldiers a big send-off before being dispatched. He admitted that this was a strange time and that everything was unbalanced.
4. Your first breakthrough in sitcom was in the early 1950s.
After co-hosting Hollywood on Television with Al Jarvis, White had the opportunity to produce her own show, Life With Elizabeth. During that time, it was one of the few production companies that existed. It was one of the rarest producers during that time. He collaborated with George Tibbles (an aspiring writer and producer at the time) to develop the show and gain massive support. George Tibbles would continue to work on beloved shows like The Munsters, Leave It To Beaver, and Dennis The Menace. Although not many people are familiar with the series today, Betty earned her first Emmy nomination in 1951. So far, she has been nominated an incredibly twenty-one times, of which she has won five times.
5. She switched roles with Rue McClanahan on The Golden Girls.
The original choice for the oversexed Blanche from The Golden Girls was actually Betty White, while McClanahan was supposed to play the role of Rose. The two roles were swapped when the director suddenly realized that the show would be more effective if White and McClanahan played completely different characters than those previously involved. Betty White, for example, starred Mary Tyler Moore as the role of a Blanche-like character, while McClanahan had a place in Maude as the role of a Rose-like character. When Rue McClanahan passed away in June 2010, Betty White was …