Betty White’s health has been a topic of rumors and speculation for many years. The acclaimed actress has also been the subject of numerous death hoaxes. Thankfully, despite ongoing rumors to the contrary, the 94-year-old star is reportedly healthy and is looking forward to celebrating another birthday on January 21, 2017.
Although Betty White’s health is likely to remain a point of speculation, friends say she is still quite active and is currently working through her “bucket list.”
I hope Betty White is still in good health. Dick Van Dyke & Carol Burnett too.
— KatieJay (@HeyHeyMissJ) November 11, 2016
According to Radar Online, Betty White’s bucket list includes playing the lead role in “a one-woman Broadway show,” going on an African safari, raising more money for animal rights foundations, and a date with Robert Redford.
A native of Oak Park, Illinois, Betty Marion White Ludden moved to Los Angeles, California, with her parents when she was two-years-old.
Wendy Malick and Valerie Bertinelli make fun of me, but I take care of my health – I don’t abuse it. ~Betty White #health
— quote dojo (@quotedojo) August 23, 2016
Although she made her acting debut in 1945, when she was cast in a short film titled Time to Kill, Betty White got her big break in 1952 with a starring role in the television series Life with Elizabeth.
Following the cancellation of Life with Elizabeth in 1955, Betty appeared in numerous television movies and series’, including recurring roles on The Carol Burnett Show and Mary Tyler Moore. In 1977, the talented actress landed the lead role in The Betty White Show.
White’s self-titled television series was canceled after one season. However, she continued to appear in made-for-television movies and television series, including recurring roles on The Love Boat, Who’s the Boss, and Mama’s Family.
In 1985, Betty White was cast as Rose Nylund in the comedy television series Golden Girls. Although her career spanned 40 years at the time, it became one of the actress’ most beloved and well-known roles.
As reported by IMDB, Golden Girls ran for an impressive seven seasons before it was canceled in 1992. Later that same year, Betty reprised her role as Rose Nyland in the Golden Girls spin-off, The Golden Palace.
Despite the fact that she was 71 years old when The Golden Palace was canceled in 1993, White went on to appear in numerous television movies and series, including several recurring roles.
Although the rumors about Betty White’s health are ongoing, her acting career has spanned more than 70 years.
In addition to five Primetime Emmy Awards, Betty has been honored with two Daytime Emmy Awards, three American Comedy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three TV Land Awards.
Aside from her impressive career as an actress, White is a strong supporter of animal rights. As reported by Biography, the acclaimed actress has spent the last 40 years working closely with the Los Angeles Zoo and the Morris Animal Foundation to promote the humane treatment of all animals.
Betty White is also a successful author who has published several books, including Betty White in Person; Here We Go Again: My Life in Television; If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t), and Life at the Zoo: Betty and Her Friends.
Although she was married three times between 1945 and 1963, White never remarried following her third husband’s death in 1981. Betty is the step-mother of Allen Ludden’s three children, but the couple never had any children together.
Rumors about Betty White’s health are sure to persist throughout the remainder of her life. However, she has shown no signs of slowing down. In January 2017, the actress will reprise her role as Dr. Beth Mayer in the hit television series Bones’ twelfth and final season — just in time for her 95th birthday.
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