Betty White turned 99 years last week. She’s one year short of becoming a centenarian. By just staying alive, this comedic actor has achieved something emarkable. On average the life expectancy for an individual living in the U.S.A is 74.9 years with females usually living five years longer than males. When Betty makes it to 100, she will be among 1% of the population.
White’s birthday wish for herself is to “remain as healthy as she is today for another year.” Naturally when you are that close to one-hundred you want to see it through. White has lived a very active life and is best known for her audacious characters in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls and Hot in Cleveland plus her witty appearances on early television game shows, Password, Match Game, The Hollywood Squares and The $25,000 Pyramid. She was also a panel member of What’s My Line?, To Tell the Truth, I’ve Got a Secret and Match Game. And last but not least, her 2010 appearance makes her the oldest guest host on Saturday Night Live.
As Betty White came of age Sigmund Freud expressed the view that humor, like dreams, expressed the contents of our unconscious positively or negatively. We don’t know if White was familiar with the writings of Freud, but her comedic style bridges the “hard” and “soft” with great effect. She can be counted on to tell the truth while showing immense compassion toward the underdog. One of her classic remarks was “Why do people say “grow some balls”? Balls are weak and sensitive. If you wanna be tough, grow a vagina. Those things can take a pounding.” And she was broad minded “I don’t care who anybody sleeps with. If a couple has been together all that time -and there are gay relationships that are more solid than some heterosexual ones – I think it’s fine if they want to get married. I don’t know how people can get so anti-anything!” She is also reported to have said “Anger tears me up inside… My own… or anyone else’s.“
Allen Ludden and Betty White
A long and healthy life is generally more than just making a living. The love of Betty White’s life is Allen Ludden. They met on the set of Password. They were both divorced, so it took several tries before she accepted his offer of marriage. It turned out that White and Ludden were extremely close and having no children of their own, Betty assumed the role of stepmother with joy. Sadly in 1981 Allen died of stomach cancer. In an interview on Larry King Live, White was asked whether she would remarry, and she replied by saying, “Once you’ve had the best, who needs the rest?”
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Betty White was born on a Tuesday in the zodiac sign of Capricorn. Mars is the ruler of her INNER SELF and Saturn governs her OUTER SELF. The #34 TUE CAP Dayology signature creates an energetic but structured individual. While all the Day Rays have a sense of humor, those born on Tuesday are often the funniest people in the room. They possess incredible insight regarding the stupid things we do and are comfortable issuing the appropriate insults. So it is the energy of Mars that fired up Betty White and the forces of Saturn that keep this comedienne in line.
Allen Ludden was born on a Friday in the zodiac sign of Libra. Venus is the ruler of both his INNER and OUTER Selves. His nature has the capacity for great love and that is shown by his feelings toward his wife of 18 years. He was also known for his gracious behavior that he showed all the guests on the shows that he hosted including ”G.E. College Bowl” and ‘‘Password.” He and Betty produced a 39-episode series (originally titled “The Pet Set”). Later on received 1961 Horatio Alger Award for the books that he wrote expressly for young people.
Professionally White remained active the rest of her life. Her major awards include five Primetime Emmys, a Daytime Emmy, a Grammy Award, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. Her honorary awards include the 2009 Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, the 2010 Britannia Awards Charlie Chaplin Award for Excellence in Comedy, and the 2015 Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award. Her popularity won her a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and it is situated close to the one that her husband, Alan Ludden, was awarded posthumously.
Betty on the Hollywood Walk of Stars