Legendary comedic actress Betty White, ‘the First Lady of Television’ dies at the age of 99 – days short of her 100th birthday – after an eight-decade long career in Hollywood

  • Betty White, an early pioneer in television comedy and star of The Golden Girls has died at the age of 99 – after an 80-year-long career in Hollywood 
  • White holds the Guinness World Record for ‘Longest TV Career for an Entertainer’ after she started working in television in 1939 
  • Without any formal training, White starred alongside disc-jockey Al Jarvis in one of TV’s earliest variety shows filmed in LA called, ‘Hollywood on Television’ 
  • She was preceded in death by her third husband, Allen Ludden and survived by three stepchildren. White had no children of her own 
  • She is the recipient of eight Emmy Awards (21 nominations), three Screen Actors Guild Awards and a 1985 Television Hall of Fame inductee 
  • She credited ‘vodka, french fries and hot dogs’ for her longevity and said her ‘obsessive addiction to crossword puzzles’ kept her mind sharp 
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