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Infographic: The History of Betty White

Today we thought we would provide a fun way to spend your Tuesday with this infographic about Betty White. Betty White has earned herself an iconic status as a celebrity that spans generations. She has fans of all ages and has recently sparked immense popularity among Facebook users and Saturday Night Live fans. But how did she catapult to stardum? This infographic provides a timeline of her life as well as fun facts and trivia.

Born in 1922, Betty White’s acting career begain in the 40′s when she landed her first professional acting job on the stage of the Bliss Hayden Little Theater. After years on the stage, White entered the world of television with appearances on the show Hollywood on Television. Hollywood on Television was a live, variety show with Al Jarvis. While white first appeared alongside Jarvis, she eventually became the host.

In 1952, White landed her first lead role on the TV sitcom, Life With Elizabeth. She continued dominating the small screen with celebrity appearances on popular game shows like Password, before she took over the silver screen in the 1962 movie, Advise and Consent. Her fame also earned her multiple hosting opportunities for the acclaimed Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (did that just get you as excited about the upcoming Turkey day as it did me?).

Betty White went on to perform many roles on TV including a regular character on the Mary Tyler Moore Show and her own sitcom called The Betty White Show. Of course, her claim to fame came in 1985 when she landed the role of the cute, naive Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls.

In 1998, White received her own star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. She continued her career as a golden girl before taking a long break from TV in the early 90′s. White returned to television with a recurring role on ABC’s Boston Legal as well as many commercial appearances. Of course, her latest career boost came in 2010 when Facebook fans started a petition for Betty White to host Saturday Night Live. The popular TV show heard the cry of fans and scheduled White for the May 8th show of that year. At age 88, White was the oldest person to ever host SNL.

Today, White stars as Elka Ostrovsky on the sitcom Hot in Cleveland, which is now in its 2nd season. In her lifetime, she has had 50 total award nominations and wins that consisted of Emmy’s, Golden Globes, and more.

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