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  • Beloved comedic actress Betty White's career has lasted decades and spanned generations. More than just her character Rose from "The Golden Girls," most recently adding her comedic genius to "The Lorax" and "Hot in Cleveland," she is also a producer and avid animal activist. </br></br>Betty White attends the Los Angeles Zoo Association's (GLAZA) 45th annual beastly ball at the Los Angeles Zoo, June 20, 2015, in Los Angeles.
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  • Betty White, pictured during her sophomore year at Beverly Hills High School, 1937.
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  • Betty White, pictured during her senior year at Beverly Hills High School in Beverly Hills, California, 1940.
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  • Betty White in an undated photo released by the U.S. Army. White served during WWII as a member of the American Women's Voluntary Services.
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  • Betty White, left, Eddie Albert, and an unidentified woman pose in front of the a KLAC-TV camera during a broadcast of the talk show, "Hollywood on Television," in Los Angeles, California, 1952. </br></br>Betty White first worked as an assistant on a local tv station before getting in front of the camera.
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  • Betty White sits in a canvas chair with her name written on the back, looking over her shoulder, in a backyard garden, circa 1956. </br></br>White was one of the first women producers in Hollywood, creating &quot;Life with Elizabeth.&quot; A show she starred in as well and which followed the day-to-day life of a newly married couple through short comedic sketches.
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  • Betty White starred alongside Bill Williams in "Date with the Angels" which aired Sept. 6, 1957. </br></br>White played newlywed Vicki Angel in all 33 episodes the show aired.
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  • Betty White stands smiling with her husband, TV producer and host Allen Ludden at an International Broadcasting Awards dinner tribute to Mary Tyler Moore, March 19, 1974. </br></br>Ludden was White's third husband and married from 1963 until his death in 1981.
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  • Betty White is seen in a 1977 promotional photo for "The Betty White Show."
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  • Mary Tyler Moore, as Mary Richards, sits at her desk while Betty White, as Sue Ann Nivens, talks to her and Gavin MacLeod, as Murray Slaughter, in a scene from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."
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  • Betty White sits with her Emmy award in her lap, Sept. 21, 1986, at the Emmy Awards in Hollywood, Calif. </br></br>White won outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for her role as Rose Nylund in "The Golden Girls."
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  • Betty White, as Rose Nylund, Bea Arthur, as Dorothy Zbornak, Rue McClanahan, as Blanche Devereaux, and Estelle Getty, as Sophia Petrillo, in a scene from " The Golden Girls." </br></br>The show, which follows the lives of four divorced or widowed older women living together, aired for seven seasons and made all four women household names.
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  • Betty White holds two dogs during the Old Navy nationwide search for a new canine mascot, April 2006, at Franklin Canyon Park in Beverly Hills, Calif. </br></br>White is an advocate for animal welfare working with organizations such as the Morris Animal Foundation, Los Angeles Zoo Commission and the American Humane Association.
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  • Actress Betty White makes a few remarks after being named an honorary Forest Ranger at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on November 9, 2010 in Washington, DC.
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  • In 2010, Betty White found a second life in her career, appearing in a Super Bowl for Snickers, seen here, and starring in a new TV show called "Hot in Cleveland," which aired for six seasons.
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  • At the age of 88, Betty White became the oldest person to host "Saturday Night Live" after fans petitioned for her to host. From left, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Betty White, Ana Gasteyer, Will Forte appear in a skit on "Saturday Night Live," May 8, 2010.
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  • From left; Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendy Malick and Betty White present together onstage at the 25th Anniversary Genesis Awards at the Century Plaza Hotel, March 19, 2011, in Los Angeles. </br></br>The actresses starred together in "Hot in Cleveland," a comedy series about four women who find themselves displaced from LA and living in Cleveland.
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  • U.S. President Barack Obama talks with actress Betty White in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, June 11, 2012.
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  • Betty White spoofs Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" music video in a TV promo for her show "Betty White's Off Their Rockers." </br></br>White served as star and executive producer of the show that featured the elderly playing pranks on younger individuals.
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  • Betty White arrives for "An Evening with Betty White," May 10, 2012, in North Hollywood, Calif.
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  • Actress Betty White speaks at the 2014 Comic Con International Convention on July 24, 2014 in San Diego, Calif.
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  • Betty White is greeted onstage with a standing ovation upon receiving the Lifetime Achievement award during the 70th Emmy awards at Microsoft Theater, Sept. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles.
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