Beloved actress Betty White passed away at the age of 99 on December 31, 2021, merely a few weeks before her 100th birthday, which would have been today. She was not only an actress but was involved with many good causes as well. Let’s look at some fun facts you may not know about her to celebrate what would have been her 100th birthday.
1. Her WW2 Service
Betty was on her way to stardom when she selflessly put aside her ambition to join the American Women’s Voluntary Services. She spent her days delivering supplies and her evenings attending dances thrown to send off soldiers.
2. She Auditioned for the part of Blanche
We all know Betty White as Rose, but originally she was set to play Blanche! The director was worried that they had type-cast Rue McClanahan and Betty and switched their roles. The rest is history!
3. Her Name
Betty White’s name is actually Betty, not Elizabeth! Betty Marion White explained the reason for the name Betty claiming her parents did not like some of the nicknames for Elizabeth.
4. What Career She Would Have Chosen Besides Actress
In a 2014 interview, Betty White proclaimed that she would have been a zookeeper had she not become a famous actress. This should come as no surprise to anyone who was aware of her love for animals. Betty was a supporter of the Farm Animal Reform Movement and Friends of Animals Group, and a Los Angles Zoo board member. She donated tens of thousands of dollars to these causes. In 2010, she even founded a T-shirt line whose profits go to the Morris Animal Foundation.
5. She Held the Record for Longest TV Female TV Career
That’s right! Betty held the Guinness record for the longest female TV career! She first danced on an experimental West Coast TV show way back in 1939! What a long and amazing career she had!
The world will certainly miss Betty, but she left behind a legacy that will never be forgotten. Be sure to watch full Golden Girls’ episodes on Disney +!
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