Fast Facts

  • First TV job was as a girl Friday at KLAC, a local Los Angeles station, in 1949. 
  • Met future husband Allen Ludden when she appeared on Password in 1961.
  • Won a 1983 Daytime Emmy as Outstanding Host for Just Men!
  • Inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1995.
  • A renowned animal-rights activist, she was named Ambassador to the Animals by the Los Angeles Zoo in 2006.
  • Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and received a TV Land pop-culture award.
  • In 2010, at 88, became the oldest Saturday Night Live guest host, and copped an Emmy for her appearance.
  • Also in 2010, took on the role of Elka in the sitcom Hot in Cleveland.
  • Named an honorary forest ranger in 2010.

Awards

  • 1992, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
  • 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1986, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1988, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1986, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1988, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1975, Emmy — Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1977, Emmy — Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1976, Emmy — Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1987, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program: Nominee
  • 2009, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Life Achievement Award: Winner
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program: Nominee
  • 1951, Emmy — Best Actress: Nominee
  • 1996, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress for a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1997, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2010, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2012, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program: Nominee
  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2011, Grammy — Best Spoken Word Album: Winner
  • 2015, People's Choice Awards — Favorite TV Icon: Winner
  • 1989, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2010, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1987, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1989, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2003, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Reality Host: Nominee
  • 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Dick Barker — Ex-husband
  • Martha Ludden — Stepdaughter
  • David Ludden — Stepson
  • Sarah Ludden — Stepdaughter
  • Tess White — Mother
  • Allen Ludden — Husband (deceased)
  • Lane Allen — Ex-husband
  • Horace White — Father

Details

  • Birth Name: Betty Marion White
  • Birth Place: Oak Park, Illinois, United States
  • Birthday: January 17, 1922, Capricorn
  • Profession: Actor, Author
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