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Betty White will be given the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award at the 16th Annual SAG Awards.

White, 87, is best known for her work as Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls and Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. She's performed on radio and the big and small screen since the 1940s and is also a passionate animal activist.

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White's big break came in 1949 when she joined Al Jarvis' daily live variety show, Hollywood on Television

on KLAC-TV. She took over as the show's host in 1952 when Jarvis left. Through the '50s and '60s, White was a frequent guest on the game show, Password, and married its host, Allen Ludden, in 1963.She joined The Mary Tyler Moore show in 1973 after a one-off role led to her becoming a series regular. She stuck with sitcoms, joining Golden Girls in 1985. White also appeared as Rose in the Golden Girls spin-off, Empty Nest, as well as that show's own spin-off, Nurses.White has remained active in recent years. She took on a role on The Practice in 2004, which led to a recurring gig on that show's spin-off, Boston Legal. She also recently appeared with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds in The Proposal.The SAG Awards will be broadcast from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, and will air live on TNT and TBS.