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Betty Marion White (1922 - 2021)

Betty Marion White aka Barker, Wootten, Ludden
Born in Oak Park, Cook County, Illinois, United Statesmap
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Wife of — married 7 Jul 1945 (to 18 Dec 1945) in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United Statesmap
Wife of — married 8 Nov 1947 (to 1949) in Los Angeles, California, United Statesmap
Wife of — married 14 Jun 1963 (to 9 Jun 1981) in Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada, United Statesmap
Died in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United Statesmap
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Biography

Betty White was an American television actress, a comedian, and a pioneer of early television with a career spanning seven decades. At the time of her death, she had worked longer in television than anyone employed in that medium, earning her a Guinness World Record for the longest TV career by an entertainer (female)[1]. She is perhaps best known for her roles in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls, and Hot in Cleveland. She was the recipient of a number of awards, including eight Emmy Awards, three American Comedy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and a Grammy Award. In 1985, she was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.[2]

Betty Marion White was born 17 Jan 1922 in Oak Park, Cook, Illinois, the daughter of Horace Logan White, an electrical engineer, and Christine Cachikis.[3][4][5]

In 1930, she was living on North Harper Ave in Assembly District 57, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California. She was an only child so it was just her and her parents in the home.[6]

At 13, in 1935 she was in Los Angeles with her parents. She was 18 in 1940, when they were living on Ayrshire Road, still in Los Angeles.[7]

Betty was of English, Welsh, Danish and Greek heritage. Her Canadian grandmothers had English and Welsh roots while one grandfather had Danish and the other had Greek roots.

Betty served during WWII as a uniformed member of the American Women's Voluntary Services. She joined as a volunteer in 1941 when she was just 19 years old. She drove a truck, delivering supplies to the Hollywood Hills, White told Cleveland Magazine in a 2010 feature. She served for 5 years.[8]

Betty was married three times. Her first marriage was to a P-38 pilot, Frederick Richard "Dick" Barker. They were married 9 July 1945 in Los Angeles[9] and divorced that same year on 18 December 1945.

She married Albert E Wootten (aka Lane Allen) 8 November 1947 in Los Angeles.[10] Her marriage to Wootten ended in divorce 17 July 1949.

Her final marriage was to Allen Ludden 14 June 1963 in Las Vegas, Nevada,[11] and they were still married when he passed away in 1981.[12][13]

Betty passed away 31 Dec 2021 at her home in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, just 17 days short of her 100th birthday. She was cremated, and the ashes were given to Glenn Kaplan, the man in charge of Betty's health care directive.[14]

Acting Career

Betty's first acting gig was in a short in 1945, when she played Lou's Girl in Time to Kill. In 1949, she was Phone Girl on the series Hollywood on Television.

From 1952 to 1955, she was Elizabeth on Life with Elizabeth. In 1956 she was Virginia Lennart on The Millionaire. From 1957 to 1958 she played Vickie Angel and Honey on Date with the Angels.

In 1962, she was in Advise & Consent as Senator Bessie Adams and the "Scene of the Crime" episode of The United States Steel Hour. She was on That's Life and Petticoat Junction in 1968.

In the 1970s she was in:

* Vanished as the TV Hostess
* Lucas Tanner as Lydia Merrick
* Ellery Queen as Louise Demery
* The Mary Tyler Moore Show as Sue Ann Nivens
* The Betty White Show as Joyce Whitman
* With This Ring as Evelyn Harris
* Snavely as Gladys Snavely
* The Best Place to Be as Sally Cantrell
* Before and After as Anita

In the 1980s she was:

* Agnes Dewey in Stephanie
* Amanda Tremaine on Best of the West
* Charlotte on Love, Sydney
* Ellen on Eunice
* Catherine on Fame
* Wilma Klein on Hotel
* Captain Gloria Neal on St. Elsewhere
* Betsy Boucher and Louise Willis on The Love Boat
* Macy's Parade Hostess and Bobbie Barnes on Who's the Boss?
* Ellen Harper Jackson on Mama's Family
* Aunt Harriet on Alf Loves a Mystery
* Betty White on D.C. Follies
* Betty White on Matlock
* Waitress and Lady in The Theatre on Santa Barbara
* Rose Nylund on Golden Girls

She continued to entertain us in the 1990s as:

* Rose Nylund on Golden Girls and on The Earth Day Special
* Trisha Durant on Carol & Company
* Rose Nylund on Nurses
* Evelyn Eglin on Chance of a Lifetime
* Rose Nylund on Empty Nest
* Rose Nylund on The Golden Palace
* Sylvia Schmidt on Bob
* Dora Sloan on Diagnosis Murder
* Betty White on The Naked Truth
* Shirley Wallace on Maybe This Time
* Betty White on The John Larroquette Show
* Martha on A Weekend in the Country
* Midge Haber on Suddenly Susan
* Gretchen Claus on The Story of Santa Claus
* Doreen on Hard Rain
* Martha Wilson on Dennis the Menace Strikes Again!
* Betty White in Holy Man
* Dorothy in The Lionhearts
* Annabelle and Mrs Santa Claus in Noddy: Anything Can Happen at Christmas
* Mrs Brooks on L.A. Doctors
* Mrs Delores Bickerman on Lake Placid
* Hestia on Hercules
* Lillian Jordan on The Story of Us
* Dr Shirley Flott on Ally McBeal

This century she has been on:

* Whispers: An Elephant's Tale
* Tom Sawyer
* The Wild Thornberrys
* Ladies Man
* The Retrievers
* The Wild Thornberrys: The Origin of Donnie
* The Ellen Show
* Teacher's Pet
* Yes, Dear
* Providence
* King of the Hill
* That '70s Show
* Bringing Down the House
* Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt
* The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
* Gary the Rat
* and many more up through Toy Story 4 as Bitey White the Stuffed Tiger[15]

Her achievements in Television (up to that period of time) were recognized by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce by issuing her a star on the Hollywood Walk to Fame on 8 Feb 1960.

Sources

  1. https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/107740-longest-tv-career-by-an-entertainer-female
  2. Betty White Biography on Wikipedia.
  3. "Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates, 1878-1938," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N7QF-24R : accessed 21 Jul 2014), Horace Logan White in entry for Betty Marion White, ; citing Oak Park, Cook, Illinois, United States, reference , Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm 1308638.
  4. Birth Registration: "Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1949"
    Citing FHL microfilm: 1308638; Record number: 265;
    FamilySearch (accessed 31 December 2021)
    Betty Marion White birth 17 Jan 1922 in Oak Park, Cook, Illinois, United States.
  5. Birth: "Cook County, Illinois, U.S., Birth Certificates Index, 1871-1922"
    Ancestry Record 2545 #1304277 (accessed 31 December 2021)
    Betty Marion White born on 17 Jan 1922, daughter of Horace Logan White & Tess Cachikis, in Oak Park, Cook, Illinois.
  6. 1930 Census: "1930 United States Federal Census"
    Year: 1930; Census Place: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California; Page: 17B; Enumeration District: 0119; FHL microfilm: 2339872
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry Record 6224 #89847806 (accessed 31 December 2021)
    Betty White (8), single daughter in household of Horace C White (36) in No Harper Ave, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA.
  7. 1940 Census: "1940 United States Federal Census"
    Year: 1940; Census Place: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California; Roll: m-t0627-00407; Page: 21A; Enumeration District: 60-221A
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry Record 2442 #75305205 (accessed 31 December 2021)
    Betty White (18), single daughter in household of Horace L White (40) in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California. Born in Illinois.
  8. Lungariello, Mark (December 31, 2021). "US Army remembers Betty White for her service in World War II". New York Post. Retrieved January 1, 2022
  9. "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K8V1-MYM : 9 March 2021), Frederick Barker and Betty Marion White, 07 Jul 1945; citing Los Angeles, California, United States, county courthouses, California; FHL microfilm 2,115,070.
  10. "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K8KK-M5S : 9 March 2021), Albert Edward Wootten and Betty Marion White, 07 Nov 1947; citing Los Angeles, California, United States, county courthouses, California; FHL microfilm 2,116,055.
  11. "Nevada Marriage Index, 1956-2005", database, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VVKG-R1Q : 21 July 2021), Allen Ludden and Betty Marion White, .
  12. Wikipedia:Betty_White
  13. Marriage: "California, U.S., County Birth, Marriage, and Death Records, 1849-1980"
    California Department of Public Health, courtesy of www.vitalsearch-worldwide.com. Digital Images.
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry Record 61460 #970809 (accessed 31 December 2021)
    Betty M White marriage to Albert E Wootten on 12 Nov 1947 in Unknown, California, USA.
  14. Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/235442009/betty-white : accessed 11 January 2022), memorial page for Betty White (17 Jan 1922–31 Dec 2021), Find A Grave: Memorial #235442009,; Maintained by Find a Grave. Cremated, who reports Ashes given to Glenn Kaplan, the man in charge of Betty's health care directive.
  15. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0924508/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0#writer


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She died 17 days before her 100TH BIRTHDAY on January 3, 2022.
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