A pioneer of television Betty White rose to fame as an American comedic actress, author, producer, radio host, singer, and television personality who is most notable for her roles as Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1973–77) and Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls (1985–92), especially starring as Elka Ostrovsky in the TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland won her two consecutive Screen Actors Guild Awards. She was named the longest television career for a female entertainer by the Guinness World Records in 2013. This first woman to produce a sitcom has received 24 Emmy nominations with seven wins as well as three American Comedy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild awards, a BAFTA, a Grammy and four Golden Globes nominations for her contribution to movie industry.
Betty White was born as the only child Christine Tess a homemaker, and Horace Logan White, a lighting company executive. She once wrote and played the lead in a graduation play at Horace Mann School, from which she discovered her deep interest in performing. She first did radio jobs such as reading commercials and playing bit parts. Her first professional acting job was at the Bliss Hayden Little Theatre and then became the co-host with Al Jarvis on his daily live television variety show Hollywood on Televisio.
Having experienced 2 short marriages with Dick Barker, a U.S. Army Air Corps pilot and Lane Allen, Betty White got married the third time with television host and personality Allen Ludden in 1963.