Betty White is 95!
Betty White Ludden
On January 17, 1922 a star was born. Betty Marion White was the first and only child born to Christine and Horace White. Betty White was a pioneer for the women’s movement and did not even realize it. In 1952 she became one of the first women in TV to have full creative control over her work, in front of and behind the camera. It was unusual at that time for a woman to be in charge, plus she was only 30 years old. She was possibly the first millennial as at the age of 28 she was still living at home with her parents!
Her acting and radio career has spanned the decades. By looking at her it is hard to believe that she is 95. It feels like yesterday when she was tapped to host Saturday Night Live. It took a write-in campaign on Facebook in 2010 to convince the producers to allow her to host the show. She was and still is the oldest host ever for Saturday Night Live. Her comments during the opening monologue were priceless. She said she “didn’t know what Facebook was, and now that I do know what it is, I have to say, it sounds like a huge waste of time.”
Betty White supports many animal charities. Her 2011 calendar is a collectors item. She has donated those proceeds to charities for animals. When she was 88, she launched a clothing line. The proceeds from it also are donated to charity. Since 1971 she has she has worked with the Morris Animal Foundation and is it’s president emeritus. Betty White has had many honorariums and has worked tirelessly for animals. It is her passion.
Her husband, Allen Lunden, died in 1981 from cancer. She was once asked why she never remarried. Her response was: “Once you’ve had the best, who needs the rest?” We wish her another 95 years.