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The Iconic Comedienne Betty White Turned 98 with Grace & Lots of Love from Fans

Marion Charatan

Posted on January 19, 2020 19:05

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Everyone loves Betty White--she's America's Sweetheart! Even Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds had to chime in...

Give me a strong dose of Betty White any day- positive beautiful energy. Ms. White is just the best—and what a milestone—she celebrated her 98th birthday on January 17 . The former ‘Golden Girls’ star exemplifies everything that is civilized-she is charming, intelligent, polite, a humanitarian and animal activist plus funny as all get go. We need more Betty Whites in a world that is increasingly heading downhill and going bonkers. And she makes advanced aging look appealing: it doesn’t have to be a dance with mental deterioration and lack of energy.

Betty White began her show business career some 60+ years ago in the days of classic radio and black and white TV. She started in radio and was 32 in 1954 when she got to produce/host her own talk show for NBC 'The Betty White Show.'

The dimpled comedienne also wowed audiences beginning in 1963 guesting on the popular game show Password--which her beloved husband Allen Ludden hosted.

In 1975, she was part of the cast of The Mary Tyler Moore show-- as “Happy Homemaker” Sue Ann Nivens. She received 2 of her 8 Emmys for her outstanding comedy work.

And the pièce de résistance, in my humble opinion, was White's stint as Rose on the Golden Girls, which began in the 1980s and ran for a very successful 7 seasons through 1992. Who could forget the interaction between the 60-something roommates and their antics in their 'golden years?' Bea Arthur was an integral part of the cast along with Rue McClanahan and matriarch Estelle Getty. How can you criticize women who even have Legos fashioned after them?!

Betty White also has a well-deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame along with three Screen Actors Guild Awards, three American Comedy Awards and a Grammy. She was a 1985 Television Hall of Fame inductee and honored as a Disney Legend in 2009.

I really enjoy her more recent work on Hot Cleveland with the phenomenal Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick.

But White's contribution to positivity, in  addition to culture, cannot be minimized either. She said in a 2014 Harper's Bazaar interview, "People take a very dim view of aging, not just in show business, but in almost every business. They're always looking for the young people coming up, which I understand. But make yourself as useful as possible so that they'll find a place for you too! And don't complain—try to accentuate the positive rather than the negative. If you're complaining, you're not fun to be around, and fun is the name of the name of the game--well-stated and noted.

This uplifting wisdom could apply to any of us at any age. Keeping a good attitude without constantly focusing on yourself and having a purpose is a recipe for living your best life--as Betty White is--whose contributions to the arts are as timeless as she is.

Marion Charatan

Posted on January 19, 2020 19:05

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