You already know what a huge fan of classic television I am, so it should come as no surprise that I adore Betty White! (But then again, who doesn’t?)
Ms. White was born on January 17, 1922, in Oak Park, Illinois. You probably already know that she’s been a television (and movie) actress since 1949 (and is still going strong), and she’s been a lifelong animal rights activist. But what you may not have known is that she’s also an author! To date, she’s written seven novels, and hopefully she’ll continue to write as well as act and care for her animal friends for many years to come.
Betty White’s Pet-Love: How Pets Take Care of Us (Written with Tom Watson)
In 1987, Ms. White wrote this book about how pets help people.
Betty White in Person
Written in 1987, Betty discusses aspects of her career and personal life in this interesting book.
The Leading Lady: Dinah’s Story (Written with Tom Sullivan)
Tom Sullivan is an actor who was blind since birth, and Dinah was his guide dog. This book is the story of Dinah’s life and how Betty took in Dinah when the dog became too old to care for Tom anymore. It was written in 1991 by Betty and Tom in alternating chapters.
Here We Go Again: My Life in Television
Written in 1995, this is an overview of TV’s golden era and includes Betty’s anecdotes about many actors and actresses with whom she has worked.
Together: A Story of Shared Vision (Written with Tom Sullivan)
Written in 2008, this is the story of a man who feels like he loses everything when a tragic accident causes him to lose his sight, and a dog who’s given one last shot at being a service dog.
Betty & Friends: My Life at the Zoo
Ms. White has been a life-long animal welfare advocate and spokesperson, and this book, written in 2011, is a tribute to the animals she loves so much.
If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t)
Written in 2011, Ms. White discusses everything from unglamorous reality behind red-carpet affairs to her beauty regimen in true Betty White Style.
Happy 93rd Birthday, Betty White!
Time to talk: What’s your favorite Betty White role? Have you read any of her books?