Iconic actress Betty White is a trailblazer within her own right. The 97-year-old’s longevity in Hollywood has made her a beacon for the thespian community, but so has her philanthropy. She’s appeared on both the big and small screen as her endearing charm transcends decades.
Her lengthy career paved the way for White to earn a Guinness World Record in 2014 for Longest TV career for an entertainer (female). White’s career spans over a staggering 80 years and she doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Most recently she wrapped Fireside Chat with Ester in 2018, plus she appeared in Young & Hungry and Bones.
So how did White react when Guinness told her she’d won the award? And did she have any favorite projects along the way?
White was (of course) gracious when she won
In true Betty White form, she was super gracious and humble when she found out she was a Guinness Award winner. “I was astounded when they called to tell me. ‘Who? Me!?!’ It’s such an honor,” she told Guinness. “The book has always been fascinating to me. I can’t believe I’m now associated with it. I am amazed at some of the records they keep. The longest fingernails?!?”
Her record keeps on going
When Guinness bestowed the honor on White she was still acting. Since 2014, she still had another year of Hot in Cleveland, plus went on to appear in a number of shows, including SpongeBob SquarePants in 2016. Following her appearance in the animated series, White tweeted, “Just worked with the folks at @NickelodeonTV on an episode of @SpongeBob. Very talented and funny group!
When she appeared on Young & Hungry, she reunited with former co-star and good friend Carl Reiner, Entertainment Weekly reports. Like White, Reiner’s career spans several decades, plus the 96-year-old was in World War II with White’s late husband.
And dishes about favorite projects and offers advice
Guinness asked White about which projects were her favorites. Which tough to pick only a few, White said, “I had many favorites. The ‘Pet Set’ and ‘Golden Girls’ just to name a few. Especially the former, as I wrote and produced it and could have on any animals I wanted.”
White is a known animal lover. In fact, she holds another title in addition to her World Record status. “A couple of years ago, the Forest Service made me an honorary forest ranger,” she told Smithsonian Magazine. “Back when I started, girls couldn’t be forest rangers. But now they made me an honorary one, made it very official, and I was deeply honored. As far as a zookeeper, I have been such a zoo nut all my life that I am practically a zookeeper!”
As far as any advice for those trying to break into show business, White offers this. “I would advise actors to do their homework and take the time to appreciate their profession,” she told Guinness. It is a privilege to do what we do.”
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