Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few decades, you’re most likely familiar with Betty White. The iconic actress has been making waves with her witty repartee, inappropriate comments, and complete bluntness for as long as most of us have been alive. Starting her rise to fame in the early 1950s, the 95-year-old actress has shown no signs of slowing down – dominating social media and television with her unique wit. She currently holds the record for the longest running career of a female actress to date.
But, it wasn’t just Betty’s wild personality that her fans fell in love with. Check out these old photographs of Betty in her younger days to see exactly what helped her capture the world’s attention for so long.
#12 – Betty’s Start
Betty White was born Betty Marion White on January 17th, 1922 as the only child of an engineer and a housewife. While she was born in Oak Park, Illinois, Betty’s parents moved her to the Los Angeles area when she was approximately two years old.
Little did they know what a difference a change in scenery would make.
#11 – Getting Her Foot In The Door
Betty got started on her path to on-screen fame through the radio, of all places. She started out appearing on talk radio shows such as “Blondie,” “The Great Gildersleeve,” and “This Is Your FBI,” in the 1940s. She was eventually given her own radio talk show, “The Betty White Show.”
# 10 – TV Here She Comes
Betty managed to shove her foot in the door of the television industry by scoring a job as an assistant at her local television studio. Of course, with Betty’s stunning looks and even brighter personality, it didn’t take her long to start making a name for herself in the business.
#9 – Hollywood On Television
In 1949, Betty began co-hosting a daily variety television show called “Hollywood On Television” with presenter Al Jarvis. In 1952, Al Jarvis parted ways with the show, leaving Betty to host the television variety show on her own for another four years. The show, which aired six days a week, was completely live and ad-libbed for the entire five and half hours of weekly airtime.
#8 – First Female Producer
In the early 1950s, she managed to present her first television series, “Life with Elizabeth.” The show was a collaboration project with her friend and coworker, George Tibbles. It was loosely based on a short sketch which Betty had done on a local television production, with George penning the script and Betty producing it, making history as the first female producer.