Happy Birthday Betty! Everyone's Favorite Golden Girl Turns 96

America's favorite "Golden Girl", actress Betty White celebrated her 96th birthday on Jan. 17, 2018. White, who has been in the entertainment industry for over 75 years, has received numerous accolades throughout her career, including eight Emmy nominations, the Television Hall of Fame, and Disney Legend.

As Ms. White continues to make audiences laugh with her witty banter and charming appeal, it's clear that she has no plans of retiring anytime soon. Here's a look back at the comedic actress' extensive career.

White's Early Years

Before her infamous role as Rose Nylund, White appeared in various other shows, such as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Match Game, The Jack Paar Show, You Don't Stay, and The Wild Thornberrys. On The Mary Tyler Moore Show, she portrayed the character, Sue Ann Nivens, known as "The Happy Homemaker".  White was given a permanent spot on the show after making several guest appearances. White also guest starred on the popular comedy shows: The Carol Burnett Show and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

Golden Girls

Best known for her role on the hit television series, Golden Girls, White was on the show from 1985 to 1994. The show, which featured three women in their fifties living together, also featured the actresses stars: Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty. The show is still considered a cult classic and airs regularly on several networks. White is the only living actress out of the four main characters. 

Film Roles And Return To TV

White has also appeared in numerous films such as PonyoThe ProposalLake Placid, the Lorax, You, Again, and Bringing Down the House. 

In 2010, White returned to television in the TV Land sitcom, Hot in Cleveland. She also made guest appearances in the shows: Bones, Young and Hungry, and The Soul Man

Why We Love Her?

When asked what her secret to living a long, successful life, White stated that hot dogs and Vodka were two things she loved to indulge in.

"Enjoy life. Accentuate the positive, not the negative. It sounds so trite, but a lot of people will pick out something to complain about, rather than say, 'Hey, that was great!' It's not hard to find great stuff if you look,"  she also added. 

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