Happy Birthday, Betty White!

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?)

(6)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?

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24 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Betty White!

  1. Another one I’ve never heard of young Rachel – the disparity twixt media stars known both sides of the pond is greater than one would have thought! Odd that – still a fine read regardless!

    • Really? Wow, that’s so sad. She’s amazing! You’ve never seen her in Golden Girls, Hot in Cleveland, Mama’s Family, or The Mary Tyler Moore Show TV shows (to name but a few)? In movies, she was hilarious in Lake Placid and The Proposal (again, to name but a couple). She’s an icon and a very funny lady. Look her up when you have time, and you’ll fall in love.

      • Golden Girls rings a bell – I think that was aired on UK TV some years ago. It tracked the lives of aged ladies using gentle humour I vaguely recall? There really should be a forum where people can put up links to TV/movies of icons from their own country. We must all be missing out on a lot of fine actors/actresses/scriptwriters etc.

      • Yeah, that’s the show. Unfortunately, there’s nothing on YouTube that shows it in quality. It also starred Rue McClanahan, Bea Arthur and Estelle Getty. It’s hilarious. 🙂

      • I used to watch it every so often back in the day.
        Shirley’s WordPress just completely ‘crashed’ and now won’t let her in for a bit of a read at all! Bloody nuisance!

  2. Happy Bday Betty! I saw her on ET last night. Nancy asked her how she stays so young and Betty said, she keeps expecting she will fade away but the sun sets and she’s still there. She said she just doesn’t go away!<3
    Diana xo

  3. It’s hard to believe she is still going strong, especially in the brains department. I never knew she was a writer. Do you think that’s what kept her mind so sharp after all these years?

  4. I’ve always loved Betty White! She was my favortie Golden Girl. And now I’ve discovered Hot in Cleveland (yes, I’m a bit slow 🙂 ) and am enjoying her in that.

    • I think Hot in Cleveland is a lot like The Golden Girls, though now Betty is Sophia. Frankly, I don’t think I’d care for it if she wasn’t in it. But she makes anything good. 🙂

  5. Although I’ve only seen a few episodes of Golden Girls, I’ve always been a fan of Bea Arthur and Betty White. Both were/are very funny, talented women. I can’t believe how active Betty White is these days in spite of her age. Also, how incredibly dirty she can be…

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