Betty White

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Quotes (9)

  • Betty White: I always wanted to be a zookeeper when I was growing up, and I've wound up a zookeeper! I've been working with the Los Angeles Zoo for 45 years! I'm the luckiest old broad on two feet because my life is divided absolutely in half - half animals and half show business. You can't ask for better than two things you love the most.

  • Betty: (on winning the 2009 Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award) I'm not going to be fit to live with for the next years.

  • Betty: I think that a show that is as successful as The Golden Girls is a once-in-a-lifetime thing. If you don't feel proud to be part of a show that has that kind of track record, then shame on you, because that's a privilege. We got the credit, but we couldn't do it without that writing. The writing was so phenomenal that we were like four points on a compass. Somehow they hit on very serious topics and still managed to keep the audience amused.

  • Betty: (about "The Golden Girls") What most people don't realize is that to this day, 70% of the fan mail we get for that show comes from people under 25 years old. It's amazing, and you know why that is? Because the show is funny. It's truly funny.

  • Betty: Interviewers repeatedly want to know what I would really dream of doing in [show] business, if I could choose anything I wanted. I can't ever seem to get the point across that I am doing it... right now!

  • Betty: Anger tears me up inside... My own... or anyone else's.

  • Betty: I don’t find any shows hard. I just enjoy them. Doing drama is, in a sense, easier. In doing comedy, if you don’t get that laugh, there’s something wrong.

  • Betty: (on her rescued dog, Panda) A pet store first sold this sick little dog. Fortunately, the woman who bought her took her back and the owners said they would take care of it. She went back to check on her the next day and saw the same sick little dog back in the window for sale. She blew the whistle and turned them in to the SPCA. So Panda closed a pet shop all by herself!

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Trivia (38)

  • Betty White graduated from Horace Mann School in Beverly Hills, California.

  • Betty's Golden Girls co-star, Rue McClanahan, says that she always referred to Betty's eyes as "Little Orphan Annie Eyes." According to McClanahan, this meant that Betty had a very innocent, wide-eyed look about her, specifically when she was playing Rose on the show.

  • Betty is the oldest of the four women who starred on The Golden Girls. She is about a year and a half older than Beatrice Arthur (Dorothy) and Estelle Getty (Sophia), and thirteen years older than Rue McClanahan (Blanche).

  • Betty was stricken with a mastoid infection when she was very young, at which time her parents took turns reading L. Frank Baum's Oz books to her to comfort her and to pass the time. There are thirty-six books in the series and Betty fondly remembers that as one was finished, her father somehow managed to come up with the money --around $1.50-- to bring home the next.

  • As at July 2007, Betty has two dogs, Panda and Kitta, and a cat named Bob Cat.

  • Betty wrote a short story called Pet Love for the book Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul.

  • Betty was originally supposed to play Blanche on Golden Girls, but they thought that Rue would suit the role better.

  • When Betty was on Mama's Family she played Rue's niece. Then on Golden Girls she played Rue's roommate.

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