BETTY WHITE (Lillian) has charmed television audiences for decades and, most recently, focused her comedic talents on the big screen in Lake Placid.
White career began when she won roles on the successful radio series Blondie, The Great Gildersleeve and This Is Your FBI. In 1949, after joining disc jockey Al Jarvis on a local Los Angeles daily television program, White took over the show and was on-air 32 1/2 hours a week for three years.
Forming her own production company, she produced Life With Elizabeth, a situation comedy, for which she won an Emmy in 1952. White's first appearance on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in its 1973-74 season led to her permanent role as Sue Ann Nivens, for which she won two Emmy's in 1975 and 1976.
White appeared often on The Merv Griffin Show and on several episodes of The Love Boat and Mama's Family. For 20 years she narrated the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade on television, and for 10 years she narrated the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. From 1985 to 1992, she played Rose Nylund on the hit television show The Golden Girls, for which she was nominated six times and won the 1987 Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series.
In addition to her four other Emmys, White won for Best Daytime Game Show Host on Just Men. In 1987 she received the American Comedy Award for Funniest Female in a TV Series and in 1990 she received the American Comedy Lifetime Achievement Award.