Monday, January 17, 2011

Happy Birthday Betty White!

Veteran actress Betty White celebrates the beginning of her last year as an octogenarian as the beloved funnywoman turns 89 today.

The Emmy award-winning star rose to fame hosting her own radio shows before moving into TV with hit programmes including The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Golden Girls.

Recently she's enjoyed a career revival, appearing in The Proposal alongside Sandra Bullock in 2009 and hosting comedy favourite Saturday Night Live last year after a campaign by fans.

To celebrate White's birthday and as a toast to her return to success, here are 10 fascinating facts about the star who keeps on shining:

- White moved to Los Angeles when she was two years old during America's Great Depression.

- She attended the Horace Mann School - the same high school as Angelina Jolie, Nicolas Cage, Lenny Kravitz and David Schwimmer.

- The actress is of German and Greek ancestry.

- In 1955 White was made the honorary mayor of Hollywood.

- When Rue McCLanahan died last summer, she became the last surviving member of the four The Golden Girls.

- The veteran star admitted to having cosmetic surgery before starring in 1985's The Golden Girls, despite the show being about growing old.

- She is an avid animal welfare activist and works with a number of organisations.

- In November, the Usda Forest Service, along with Smokey Bear, made her an honorary forest ranger - one of her lifelong ambitions.

- White received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1988 - placed next to the star bearing the name of her late husband, Allen Ludden.

- She has guest starred on shows including Ally McBeal, That '70s Show, Joey, My Name Is Earl and Malcolm in the Middle.

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