And Many More: National Treasure Betty White Celebrates 97th Birthday

Happy birthday, Betty White! The iconic Golden Girl turns 97 this year. With a string of comedic successes, the woman from St. Olaf shows no sign of slowing down.

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Legendary actor Betty White, seen here at the 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sept. 17, 2018, turns 97 on Jan. 17, 2019.
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Few actors have careers as long-lasting as Betty White's. Her guest role as Bernice Wilson in Freeform's "Young and Hungry" capped eight decades of acting work.
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Betty proves she's forever young at heart during this 2017 episode of "Little Big Shots"
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A late night favorite, Betty White chats with James Corden during "The Late Late Show with James Corden," May 10, 2017.
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Actress Betty White in 1965.
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White wrote two books for publisher G.P. Putnam's Sons. The first, out in Spring 2011, Listen Up! was a collection of life lessons, in which White dispenses her wisdom and wit on TV, getting older, sex and Hollywood.
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The second book, published in 2012, tackled the other passion in the star's life: animals. The Zoo and I: Betty and Her Friends, shares stories and photographs documenting the lives of her "animal friends" at the LA Zoo. White is a board member at L.A.'s zoo.
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A headshot portrait of American actor Betty White wearing a veiled hat, circa 1955.
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White was also featured in her first-ever pinup calendar "The Betty White Calendar."
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The six-time Emmy winner hit big again with the hit TV Land show "Hot in Cleveland."
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She's also appeared as a recurring character on NBC's "Community."
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Hollywood even considered making her God.... in a remake of Oh God. Reports say producer Jerry Weintraub pitched Warner Brothers a new version of the 1977 George Burns comedy with Betty White as the title character.
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Throughout her career, White has mixed down home charm with a streak of mischief. It's a style some call - the Betty White Effect.
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White exhibited her mischievous sense of humor that everyone has grown to love on Ellen when she was surprised with a shirtless male dancer. White asked, "Can I take him home?"
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Betty has become the star that the kids wants to be seen with. The slinky Posh Spice would have just been born when Betty was in her third decade of television.
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White attracted glittered celebs like Taylor Swift and Martha Stewart.
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Her new fame earned her a spot on the Jimmy Fallon show. Betty lost at the Beer Pong table, but she vowed a rematch.
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But Betty White's sneaky cool factor is not a new thing. She was hanging with Mr. T in 2002.
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Betty's hosting gig on Saturday Night Live drew huge ratings for the broadcast.
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A campaign on Facebook that eventually drew over half a million fans convinced Lorne Michals to give Betty the hosting nod. She told the SNL audience she had not known what Facebook was. "And now that I do know what it is," she said, "I have to say it sounds like a huge waste of time."
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Her star rose in offbeat appearances, like the Snickers Superbowl commercial. In the ad, the diminutive Ms. White got leveled in a backyard football game.
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Naughty Betty stole the show in the 2009 film "the Proposal." After groping Sandra Bullock's wedding dress in one scene, she declared, "It's like an Easter egg hunt!"
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In the television series "Boston Legal," Betty played the conniving, and occasionally gun-toting Catherine Piper.
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As manipulative matriarch Ann Douglas, White appeared on and off the soap opera the Bold and the Beautiful. Her character was finally killed off with pancreatic cancer.
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She provided a few welcome laughs in the otherwise flat Amy Smart flick "Love 'N Dancing."
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With SNL and "the Proposal" under her belt, Betty White starred of the 2010 film "You Again" with Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, and Kristin Bell.
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The actress has never been afraid to poke fun of herself, like when she made a cameo appearance in "Ugly Betty."
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Ms. White appeared as a cartoon character in the animated Japanese film Ponyo.
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The 88-year-old stunner joined a cast of cougars in the new TV Land sitcom "Hot in Cleveland."
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She has been an animal advocate throughout her career. Here in 1979 she lounges around with a Bengalese tiger before delivering a speech to an animal rights convention.
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She's more than just an actress, she's a brand! Here she hawks Betty White "Naked" Hot Dog, for sale at Pink's Universal CityWalk.
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Betty scored big when she joined the cast of "the Golden Girls" as Rose Nylund from St. Olaf, Minnesota. She is now the last surviving member of the Emmy-winning cast.
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Ms. White donned a leopard one-sy to play Jane opposite Johnny Carson's Tarzan on the Tonight Show in 1981.
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Long before "the Golden Girls," Betty enjoyed sitcom fame on "the Mary Tyler Moore Show."
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Even before her sitcom days, Betty White became beloved as a host of television game shows. In the 1960's she co-hosted "Password" with her former husband, Allen Ludden.
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In 1986 White won an Emmy for her role in the Golden Girls. Then heart-throb Michael J. Fox also won that year.
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She laid around with Bruce Willis and Michelle Pfeiffer in the romantic comedy "the Story of Us."
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Betty White's acting career began before television was in color, way back in 1939. Six wars and dozen presidents later, her popularity continues to grow.
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