Betty White made her debut in the live television talk show ‘Hollywood on Television’ in 1949. She remained a part of the show until 1953. In 1951, she made her big-screen debut in the Norman Dawn-directed film ‘The Daring Miss Jones.’ She next appeared in television series like ‘The Betty White Show’ (1952-1954), ‘Life with Elizabeth’ (1953-1954), ‘Life with Elizabeth’ (1953-1956), ‘Date with the Angels’ (1957-1958), ‘The Tonight Show with Jack Paar’ (1958-1962), ‘To Tell the Truth’ (1958-2001), and ‘(Super) (Million Dollar) Password’ (1961-2008). In 1962, she starred as ‘Senator Bessie Adams’ in the American political drama film ‘Advise & Consent’ directed by Otto Preminger. While the film’s storyline and screenplay invited some negative reviews, the performance of the cast was praised by critics. In 1963, she became a part of the American television panel game show ‘Match Game’ as a panelist. She remained on the show until 1982. She later returned to the ‘Match Game’ in 1990 and stayed a part of the show until 1991. She continued to appear in television series and shows such as ‘That's Life’ (1968), ‘Petticoat Junction’ (1969), ‘The Pet Set’ (1971), ‘O'Hara, U.S. Treasury’ (1972), and ‘The Odd Couple’ (1972).
In 1973, she starred as ‘Sue Ann Nivens’ in the American television sitcom ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ created by James L. Brooks and Allan Burns. She received 2 ‘Primetime Emmy Awards’ for her performance and remained a part of the show until it went off-air in 1977. She next appeared in television series like ‘Lucas Tanner’ (1975), ‘The Sonny and Cher Show’ (1976-1977), ‘Liar's Club’ (1976-1979), ‘The Betty White Show’ (1977-1978), ‘The Love Boat’ (1980), ‘Best of the West’ (1981), ‘The $25,000 Pyramid’ (1982), ‘Just Men!’ (1983), ‘Mama's Family’ (1983-1984, 1986), ‘St. Elsewhere’ (1985), ‘The Golden Girls’ (1985-1992), ‘Santa Barbara’ (1988), ‘Empty Nest’ (1989-1992), ‘The Golden Palace’ (1992-1993), ‘Bob’ (1993), and ‘Maybe This Time’ (1995-1996). In 1998, she starred as ‘Doreen Sears’ in the action thriller film ‘Hard Rain’ directed by Mikael Salomon. The film opened to rather polarizing reviews and performed poorly at the box office. The following year, she appeared in the Steve Miner-directed American horror film ‘Lake Placid.’ The film received mixed to negative reviews from critics and grossed over $56.9 million on a budget of $27–35 million. That same year, she also starred in the American romantic comedy-drama film ‘The Story of Us’ directed by Rob Reiner. The film saw mostly negative reviews upon release.
White continued to appear in films like ‘Whispers: An Elephant's Tale’ (20000, ‘The Retrievers’ (2001), ‘The Wild Thornberrys: The Origin of Donnie’ (2001), ‘Bringing Down the House’ (2003), ‘The Third Wish’ (2005), ‘Ponyo’ (2008), ‘Love N' Dancing’ (2009), ‘The Proposal’ (2009), ‘You Again’ (2010), ‘Prep & Landing: Operation: Secret Santa’ (2010), ‘The Lorax’ (2012), ‘Toy Story 4’ (2019), and ‘Trouble’ (2019). The year 2022 saw the release of the American documentary film ‘Betty White: A Celebration’ which talked about the life and career of White. The film was released on January 17, 2022, which would have been her 100th birthday. However, Betty White passed away on December 31, 2021.
Margaret Tate, a successful executive editor-in-chief of a New York publisher, learns that she is about to be deported back to Canada for violating visa terms, and quickly hatches a plan to marry her timid and abused assistant Andrew Paxton. Now having an upper hand, Andrew agrees to her plan despite both being closely monitored for committing fraud.
A gigantic man-eating crocodile is spreading terror in a popular but calm vacation spot. Three experts are therefore sent to stop the menace and end its terror once and for all.
Robert Leffingwell is chosen as the President’s nominee for Secretary of State. However, prior to his approval, he needs to go through a Senate investigation that will determine if he is qualified. It is soon revealed that he used to have affiliations with a communist organization in the past.
A successful woman, Marni, realizes that her brother is going to marry the same girl who bullied her in high school. Therefore, she attempts to expose his fiancee's true colors, but things don’t go as planned.
Bringing Down the House is a romantic comedy film, which revolves around a lonely man who meets a woman on the internet. However, she happens to be in prison. She eventually escapes from the prison and comes to his house, and proceeds to wreak havoc on his middle-class life.
Ben and Katie have been married for fifteen years. Although they have grown apart from each other, they keep up the facade of a happy marriage. However, one day, while the kids are away at camp, they think of separating and reassessing their relationship to see if they should stay together or split up.
Hard Rain is an action thriller film, which revolves around the story of an armored truck driver who tries to prevent three million dollars from being taken by a rival gang, during a catastrophic flooding caused by heavy rainfall and a severe storm.
Holy Man is a comedy drama film which revolves around an evangelist who is hired to boost the ratings of a home-shopping channel. He is able to turn television home shopping into a religious experience, and soon takes America by the storm, as the sales go up for the first time after several months.
The fourth installment in Pixar's Toy Story series, the film begins with Woody being given away to a new owner and his struggle to adjust in the new surroundings and also to a new toy called Forky. The story then goes on to portray his adventures when he and his gang set on a road trip with their owner, meeting his long lost friend Bo Peep on the way.
Five-year-old Sōsuke rescues a goldfish princess trapped into a bottle and names her Ponyo. As they develop a bond, she is brought back under the ocean by her father, powerful wizard Fujimoto, who imprisons her after learning that she wants to become human. She frees herself and becomes human using Fujimoto's potent magic, upsetting the balance of the world.
In this feel good film, based on Dr. Seuss’s book, a twelve year old boy Ted has a tough task at hand. Audrey, his crush, desires to see a real living tree but Thneedville – the town they stay in – has nothing like nature. Even air is sold. Still Ted sets out to fulfil her wish and learns the story of Once-ler who once cut down all trees for profit and Lorax, the guardian of the trees.
Betty White Awards
|Saturday Night Live||Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series||2010|
|The John Larroquette Show||Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series||1996|
|The Golden Girls||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series||1986|
|Mary Tyler Moore||Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||1976|
|Mary Tyler Moore||Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||1975|
|Winner||Favorite TV Icon||2015|
|Winner||Best Spoken Word Album (includes poetry, audio books & storytelling)||2012|
|Winner||Best Spoken Word Album||2012|