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Betty White is an American actress, comedian, singer, author, producer and television personality. In 2013, the Guinness World Records awarded White with having the longest television career for a female entertainer. To contemporary audiences, White is best known for her television roles as Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1973–77) and Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls (1985–92). The Writers Guild of America have gone to include both sitcoms in their list of the 101 Best Written TV Series Of All Time. Since the death of co-star Rue McClanahan in 2010, she is the only surviving Golden Girl. As of 2010, she stars as Elka Ostrovsky in the TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland, for which she has won two consecutive Screen Actors Guild Awards. She also hosted NBC's practical-joke show Betty White's Off Their Rockers, which resulted in three consecutive Emmy nominations.
White is regarded as a pioneer of American television for being one of the first women to have creative control in front of and behind the camera; she is also noted for being the first woman to produce a sitcom which contributed to her receiving the honorary title as the Mayor of Hollywood in 1955. In a career that has spanned more than 70 years, White has gone on to win six Emmy Awards (five for acting), receiving 23 Emmy nominations over her career, including being the first woman to receive an Emmy for game show hosting (for the short-lived Just Men!) and is the only woman to have won an Emmy in all performing comedic categories. In May 2010, White became the oldest person to guest-host Saturday Night Live, for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award. White also holds the record for longest span between Emmy nominations for performances—her first was in 1951 and her most recent was in 2011, a span of 60 years—and has become the oldest nominee overall as of 2014, aged 92. She is also the oldest winner of a competitive Grammy Award, which she won in 2012.
Due to her pioneering efforts in early television and her acting legacy, the American Comedy Awards, the Screen Actors Guild, the Television Critics Association and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts have all awarded White with lifetime achievement awards, recognizing her contribution to television. White has also been formally inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame.
She has made regular appearances on the game shows Password, Match Game and The $25,000 Pyramid and played recurring roles on Mama's Family, Boston Legal, The Bold and the Beautiful, That '70s Show, and Community.
White is also known for her animal rights activism. She has donated tens of thousands of dollars to the Los Angeles Zoo and has been a member of the board of directors since 1974.
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