Betty White Holds the Record for Longest TV Career After 82 Years in the Spotlight | 22 Words

It has just emerged that, as well as been one of Hollywood's most beloved icons, Betty White now holds the record for something else too...

Though are we really too surprised?

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No. No, we are not.

The celebrated actress has enjoyed a staggering career in her ninety-eight-years...

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Let's take a quick look, shall we?

It started all the way back in the late 1930s.

The star was born on January 17, 1922, in Oak Park, Illinois, before moving to LA aged 2 - it was here where she began working as an assistant at a local TV station.

But it wasn't until the early 1950s that she'd have her first taste of television...

Here, she developed the show, titled Life with Elizabeth with George Tibbles.

The show made White one of the first female producers in Hollywood...

"He wrote and I produced," White explained to The Hollywood Reporter. "I was one of the first women producers in Hollywood."

Interestingly...

The show's entire premise came from a sketch White had done previously on local television.

But it wasn't until The Mary Tyler Moore Show when White's TV career got a huge boost.

The actress starred as Sue Ann Nivens, the co-worker to the show's star, Mary Tyler Moore, in a Minneapolis television newsroom. Sue Ann was known for cracking funny, yet poignant quips at Moore's expense.

And it seemed her hard work paid off...

Because she won 2 Emmy's for her work on the hit series!

And, as the '80s rolled around, White took on a role that was a sharp contrast from Sue Ann...

The role of sweet Rose Nylund on the popular sitcom The Golden Girls, along with co-stars Rue McClanahan, Bea Arthur, and Estelle Getty.

The show chronicled the lives of 4, elderly, female friends...

And to say it was a smash hit is an understatement. The series landed among the top-ranked shows during its 7 seasons on air and bagged several coveted awards.

But sadly, in 1992, we waved a reluctant goodbye to the Golden Girls.

White enjoyed a steady television career, until 2010 that is, where, once again her wit saw her launch back into the spotlight.

We all remember that candy bar ad during the 2010 Super Bowl, right?

Well, it quickly became a fan favorite and spurred White on to become the oldest person to ever host Saturday Night Live.

She was reluctant to do the show at first...

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"It was the scariest thing I've ever done. It was really funny stuff, but it was a challenge," she revealed to Newsweek.

2010 also saw White return to the series television...

She landed a role on the sitcom Hot in Cleveland, alongside stars Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, and Wendie Malick. At first, she only signed on for the pilot, but she later joined the cast permanently. "It's just a terrific show. The chemistry between the girls is so great," she told Newsweek at the time.

White is now ninety-eight...

And she's made it clear she isn't going to be giving up acting anytime soon.

And there's one big reason for this...

Her charity work. The star is extremely passionate about animals and has worked with the Los Angeles Zoo as well as the Morris Animal Foundation for more than 4 decades. She previously revealed to the Hollywood Reporter: "I have to keep acting so that I can afford to keep doing my charity work!"

As well as being a beloved actress and activist...

White is also an author. She wrote several books back in the '80s and '90s, including 1987's Betty White In Person and 1995's Here We Go Again: My Life in Television. 

It's not hard to see why so many people love her.

She's such a mood.

So, of course, many of you won't be shocked to hear that she is now a Guinness World Record holder.

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Betty officially has the longest TV career of any entertainer, having started her out in 1939 - that's eighty-two-years!

Betty technically only holds the award in the female category...

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But she beats out the record holder in the male category, too. The actress was first given the title in 2014 and, since then, anyone is yet to take it from her.

We love you, Betty!

Never change. If you still need convincing as to why Betty is such an icon, scroll on to see how she celebrated her ninety-sixth birthday...