Betty White's amazing career

Updated 10:16 AM ET, Thu January 17, 2019
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Betty White was practically born to be on television, having appeared on an experimental broadcast in 1939 when she was 17. Since then she's appeared on many shows, becoming a beloved entertainment figure -- and she's still working, appearing on an episode of "Bones" in fall 2015. Her previous credits include "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," on which she played the man-hungry, and bitingly witty, Sue Ann Nivens. CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images
Betty White, left, actor 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 1952. The show was "like going to television college," she said. Nigel Dobinson/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
White hosted countless parades, such as the 1964 Tournament of Roses in Pasadena, California. "It got so that, if a signal would go red and six cars would line up, I'd announce them," she said. Herb Ball/NBC/Getty Images
White was married to Allen Ludden for 18 years. Ludden, who died in 1981, won her heart by giving her some earrings -- and a stuffed bunny. The two were active in animal charities. CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images
Mary Tyler Moore (as Mary Richards) (left) gives a "thumbs up" sign as she sits at her desk with Betty White (as Sue Ann Nivens) in a scene from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" in 1975. Nivens, the "Happy Homemaker," could make a wicked Veal Prince Orloff and also cut rivals down to size. CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images
White's next major starring role was as Rose Nylund on "The Golden Girls." The show about Florida retirees, which ran from 1985 to 1992, also starred Bea Arthur, center, and Rue McClanahan. ABC STUDIOS/ABC STUDIOS/ABC STUDIOS
White occasionally appeared on "Boston Legal," playing a flinty secretary. James Spader starred in the show. Ron Tom/Disney ABC Television Group/Getty Images
The 2009 film "The Proposal," in which White played the grandmother of Ryan Reynolds' character, gave her a new boost in popularity. She and co-star Sandra Bullock, left, exchanged jokes at the 2010 Golden Globe Awards, at which White was given a lifetime honor. Touchstone Pictures
White is the oldest person ever to host "Saturday Night Live." She was the emcee of an episode in 2010. Dana Edelson/NBC/Getty Images
White was part of the cast of "Hot in Cleveland," a sitcom about showbiz veterans settling in the Ohio city. Her co-stars included Valerie Bertinelli, left, and Jane Leeves. TV Land
White, a noted animal lover and spokesperson for animal welfare, attends the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association's (GLAZA) 44th Annual Beastly Ball at Los Angeles Zoo in 2014. Angela Weiss//Getty Images