Betty White Is a Guinness World Record Holder
(NEW YORK) -- Betty White is not just hot in Cleveland, she’s also hot in Hollywood and has been hot for such a long time that the folks at Guinness World Records have awarded her the record for “Longest TV Career for an Entertainer (Female).”
The 91-year-old actress has a show business career that spans some 74 years. White began her entertainment career on the radio in 1939 and went on to star in some of television’s most popular shows, including The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Golden Girls. Her hidden camera show, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, was recently canceled by NBC. White currently stars in TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland.
The actress earned the honor of being the oldest person to host Saturday Night Live after an online campaign to get her on the show proved to be a huge success. She won an Emmy for her 2010 SNL hosting effort.
White has won SAG Awards, five primetime Emmy Awards and has been inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.
In the 1960s and 1970s, she was a frequent panelist on TV game shows, including Password, where she met and later married the host, Allen Ludden. He died in 1981.
The Huffington Post quotes White as saying, “I was astounded when [Guinness World Records] called to tell me. Who? Me!?! It’s such as honor. The book has always been fascinating to me. I can’t believe I’m now associated with it.”
White offered some advice for young people in show business, saying they should “do their homework and take the time to appreciate their profession. It is a privilege to do what we do.”
For the record, British actor Bruce Forsyth holds the record for "Longest TV Career for an Entertainer (Male)."
Guinness World Records 2014 will be available in stores on Sept. 12.
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