Fans might not have seen much of TV icon Betty White in 2021, but this does not undermine her status as a national treasure. Currently, the star actress is the only living cast member of the 1970s sitcom, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”
Betty White has seen so many seasons on and off the Hollywood scenery, but her impact is most profound in classic Hollywood times. The star has had a seven-decade span in the entertainment sphere, and all those years included an impressive career.
White recently trended on social media following the death of one of her colleagues and alum of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” Ed Asner died in August 2021, making fans acknowledge White as the only living cast member from the show. Here’s a look through her life since the old-time sitcom.
White Is The Last Living Cast Member Of The TV Show
Last month, fans on Twitter were in conversation over the long-running career of Betty White. The actress, famously known as the Mayor of Hollywood, trended for a while as many reminisced on her TV stints.
This came after news that her fellow “The Mary Tyler Moore show” actor, Ed Asner, passed on. It dawned on Hollywood fans that the actress had become the only living star who appeared on the sitcom.
One admirer gushed over the actress, referring to her new status as a milestone for being the only “Golden Girls” and “Mary Tyler Moore Show” actor currently alive.
White’s Career Since “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”
Betty White started as an original cast member on the longtime TV show from 1970 to 1977. After the series ended, White remained a fixture on television, starring on The Betty White Show (1977–78) and later appearing in recurring roles on programs such as “The Love Boat” and “Mama’s Family.”
Betty won our hearts with the role of Rose, and that’s part of her appeal. The Golden Girls debuted in 1985, starring, in addition to White as the innocent and highly optimistic Rose Nylund—Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty.
The series, centered on a group of older women living together in Miami, became a significant success.
White played Nylund on the spin-off series “The Golden Palace,” which ran for one season. White later acted on “That ’70s Show,” “Boston Legal,” and the soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful.”
In 2010 White experienced a major surge in popularity, fueled in part by a humorous Super Bowl commercial in which she was tackled during a recreational football game.
In June, “Hot in Cleveland” debuted on the cable channel TV Land. The sitcom starred White as Elka, the quick-witted caretaker of a home rented by three women. The show ran until 2015.
White also appeared in several movies. In 1962 she made her feature-film debut in Advise & Consent, and her later movies included the thriller “Lake Placid” (1999) and the romantic comedies “The Proposal” (2009) and “You Again” (2010).
White is an animal rights activist, and she has penned the memoirs “Here We Go Again: My Life in Television” (1995) and “If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t)” (2011). White was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1995.
Betty White In 2021
On January 17th, 2021, Betty White celebrated her 99th birthday. Taking the milestone in stride, the iconic actress credited her optimism with helping to keep her happy and spry for close to a century.
Betty White’s most recent acting credit was voicing Bitey White, an adorable toy tiger, in the 2019 animated film “Toy Story 4.” Before that, she guest-starred on two TV shows in 2017: “Young & Hungry” and “Bones.”
At 99 years young, Betty White appears to be in excellent health! In an interview with People earlier this year, she said: “I am blessed with good health, so turning 99 is no different than turning 98.”