Betty White, 98, Holds The World Record For Longest TV Career And Still Going Strong

Betty White, 98, Holds The World Record For Longest TV Career And Still Going Strong

The veteran actress has been in the industry for over eight decades and she's not stopping anytime soon.

Betty White is a true American treasure. The actress and comedian has lived for nearly a century and continues to be remembered for being the greatest grandma we never had. Despite being 98 years young, she has shown no signs of slowing down. Recently, she added a new feather in the cap as she became part of the history books for having the Longest Career for a Female Entertainer. Her 82 years on screen was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for the first time in 2014 and she has made the title her own winning it for every year since. According to MyModernMet, despite White only representing the female category, she has outlasted the longevity of male actors in the industry as well.



Her career began when she was just 21, in 1939 after she along with a classmate danced and sang songs from The Merry Widow live on TV. She took a brief hiatus when World War II broke out and chose to volunteer for the American Women's Voluntary Services. Her love for acting wouldn't keep her away for long, and she returned to showbiz after the war and worked various jobs on the radio before she was offered her own radio show called The Betty White Show. This was then followed by a co-hosting role on Hollywood on Television with Al Jarvis. When Jarvis left the show in 1952, she took over as the solo host of the show.


Around then she also began starring and co-producing the Emmy-winning comedy show, Life With Elizabeth, and was among a handful of female producers in Hollywood. Then in 1962, White made her first film debut as Kansas Senator Elizabeth Adams in Advise & Consent. White’s TV career hit the next level during the ‘70s, when she played Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, winning three Emmys for her role. A few years later, in 1985, she took on the role that has gone on to define her - Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls. Since the show's end, the near-centurion has hosted Saturday Night Live, took on a voice role in Toy Story 4, and even celebrated her 90th birthday with the event aired on NBC.



Despite all she's done, White claims she was shocked to hear about her Guinness World Record. "I was astounded when [Guinness] called to tell me,” White said when she first entered the record book. “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." On January 17th, she is set to turn 99 years old, which she wants to commemorate with a low-key birthday party with friends who are super excited for the occasion. "Betty's done so much in her life, and all with a smile. She's an inspiration for everyone around her - she refuses to get down and keeps everyone on their toes. Her friends and loved ones are ready to raise their glasses to celebrate her great life," they said OK!, according to The Sun. 





Speaking to Closer Weekly around her 98th birthday, a friend of the comedian revealed that White planned to celebrate her 98th birthday surrounded by a small group of her pals and loads of good humor. "She still likes to drink, laugh, and tell stories. It will be at her home with her longtime friends and stepchildren. She’s still close with them and their children. They’ll order food in and have fun," said the insider. "She doesn’t have any major health problems. She says she’s a little ‘creaky.’ Walking is a bit of an issue and she uses a walker at home, but she’s OK. And she’s still quick with a one-liner" the friend concluded.


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