Team captain Bob Hope, right, shares a moment with friendly rival Betty White, a star on “The Golden Girls,” before the start of the Barbara Mandrell Celebrity Softball Tournament at Vanderbilt University’s Dudley Field June 3, 1989 that part of Fan Fair week.
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Betty White, seen here with Oshana the lioness, has long been a passionate advocate for animals.
BURBANK, CA – APRIL 26: Actress Betty White accepts Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award onstage during The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 26, 2015 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NATAS) ORG XMIT: 550311361 ORIG FILE ID: 471280876
That same year, White celebrated her 93rd birthday Betty White on the set of “Hot in Cleveland” in Studio City, CA with co-stars (L-R) Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick and Jane Leeves.
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Betty White smooched with Bradley Cooper during a skit on the ‘Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special.’ The sketch included Laraine Newman, from left, Bill Hader, Taran Killam, Kristen Wiig, Keenan Thompson, Taylor Swift, Fred Armisen, Kerry Washington, Betty White and Bradley Cooper.
In 2011, USA TODAY caught up with Betty White at the Central Park Zoo (holding a male Mandarin duck) for a story about her new book, ‘Betty White and Friends: My Life at the Zoo,’ which is about her “animal friends” at the Los Angeles Zoo.
Cloris Leachman and Betty White pose for a photo shoot at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The ‘Mary Tyler Moore Showalums were flying high in two hotly anticipated summer films: Betty White is a naughty 90-year-old “gammy” in the comedy ‘The Proposal’ and Cloris Leachman in the Quentin Tarntino WWII film ‘Inglourious Basterds.’
In 1986 Betty White won her fourth Emmy Award in Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Rose Nylund in The Golden Girls. She starred in the show from 1985 to 1992 along with from left, Estelle Getty, Bea Arthur (sitting) and Rue McClanahan.
In its fourth season, The ‘Mary Tyler Moore Show’ added White for the role of ‘the happy homemaker.’ Betty White joined alums from ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show[‘, Ed Asner, from left, Ted Knight, Cloris Leachman and Gavin MacLoed at the 1986 Television Academy Hall of Fame Awards.
In this May 18, 1976 photo, cast members of the ‘Mary Tyler Moore Show’ pose with their Emmys backstage, at the 28th annual Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Ed Asner, from left, joins Betty White, supporting actress; Moore for best actress in a comedy show and Ted Knight for supporting actor.
In this April 29, 1965 photo, Betty White and her husband, Allen Ludden, continue a two year gin rummy battle in which she’s ahead by a cumulative 6,000 points in Westchester, N.Y. White and the ‘Password’game show host got married in 1963.
In this June 9, 2010 photo, actress Betty White poses for a portrait on the set of the television show ‘Hot in Cleveland’ in Studio City section of Los Angeles. At 89, White has become a role model for how to grow old joyously.