At 95 years young, Betty White is far cooler and has more energy and zest for life than most of Hollywood. For almost six decades, the Illinois-native has been charming audiences through a variety of comedic and dramatic roles on both TV and in film, and the Hot in Cleveland star is showing no signs of slowing down.
After her family moved to California during the Great Depression, Betty set her sights on a career in writing but soon fell in love with performing after starring in her high school play. Following stints in radio, TV hosting and in small series, her big break came in 1973 when she joined the cast of The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
One of her most famous roles was that of Rose Nylund in the Emmy-winning show The Golden Girls. Did you know that the role of Rose was originally supposed to be more risqué like Blanche? In the end, producers wanted to keep Rose sweet and naïve, which Betty played to perfection. Like her onscreen persona, the comedienne's charm was undeniable to her three husbands, the last being Password host Allen Ludden, who she married in 1963 after they met on the set of the famed game show. Sadly, their love story was cut short in 1981 after Allen passed away from cancer and Betty has never remarried.
Author, actress, producer and advocate – there’s very little Betty can’t do. To celebrate her birthday (Jan. 17), Hello! looks back at some of her top onscreen moments and the stars she shared the spotlight with - or rather, stole the spotlight from!