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Betty White turns 92: Quotes, photos from the beloved comedienne

White from 1954 when she was producer and host of her own talk show, "The Betty White Show."
White from 1954 when she was producer and host of her own talk show, "The Betty White Show."

Betty White, one of Hollywood's most cherished comediennes and star of "Hot in Cleveland" turns 92 today, January 17th, according to the Huffington Post.

After being in show business for over seven decades and the winner of five Emmys, White has had many memorable moments.

One of White's most famous roles was as Sue Ann Nivens on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." After "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" ended in 1977, White's next iconic role was as Rose Nylund on the beloved series, "The Golden Girls." Rose was from the small town of St. Olaf in Minnesota, known for making up phrases in Scandinavian.

In the past few years, White has made a huge TV comeback with cameos on "Community" and "The Middle" before shattering ratings on "Saturday Night Live."

Her TV Land show "Hot in Cleveland" will start its fifth season in March. And despite her NBC comedy show "Off Their Rockers" getting axed last year, Lifetime will bring back the series this year for a 20-episode season.

Facts about Betty White

Betty's first work in Hollywood was in a Parkay margarine commercial.

She has never had any acting lessons.

White's first Emmy nod was for her role in the comedy she created, "Life with Elizabeth" in 1952.

Golden Girls castmate Bea Arthur didn't take a liking to Betty White, partly because of their different styles in acting. Rue McClanahan, who played sexy Blanche Deberoux had a much closer relationship with White, who played sweetly naive Rose Nylund. In an interview in 2011, White revealed why Arthur didn't care for her:

"Bea had a reserve. She was not that fond of me. She found me a pain in the neck sometimes. It was my positive attitude that made Bea mad sometimes. Sometimes if I was happy, she'd be furious!""

White's showbiz career could have been cut short if she stayed with second husband Lane Allan. Allan wanted White to stop working and focus on a traditional family life, but the actress chose her career over her husband.

Betty White Quotes

  • “I may be a senior, but I’m still hot.”
  • “You can always tell about somebody by the way they put their hands on an animal.”
  • “Retirement is not in my vocabulary. They aren’t going to get rid of me that way.”
  • I go out to the kitchen to feed the dog, but that's about as much cooking as I do.

White is also known for making some outrageous jokes and being one of the most raunchy women in the comedy business, even in her old age. One of her most famous quotes is:

“Why do people say 'grow some balls'? Balls are weak and sensitive. If you wanna be tough, grow a vagina. Those things can take a pounding.”

Once, she said she was a teenager trapped in an old body. We believe it! Don't forget to check out the slideshow of Ms. Betty White through the years.

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