Betty Marion White is an American actress, comedian, former game-show host, and author. She is known for her television roles as Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls., she starred as Elka Ostrovsky in the TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland. She has also released several books over the span of her career. In August 2010, she entered a deal with G.P. Putnam Sons to produce two more books, the first of which is scheduled for release in 2011.
White has won seven Emmy awards and received 20 Emmy nominations over the course of her career, including being the first woman ever to receive an Emmy for game show hosting. In May 2010, White became the oldest person to guest-host Saturday Night Live, for which she also received a Primetime Emmy Award. She made regular appearances on the game shows Password and Match Game and played recurring roles on Mama's Family, Boston Legal, and The Bold and the Beautiful.
She is recognized for her affiliation with animal charities such as Actors and Others for Animals and the Morris Animal Foundation.
White was born in Oak Park, Illinois, on January 17, 1922. She is the daughter of Horace L. White, a traveling salesman and electrical engineer, and his wife Tess Cachikis. Her maternal grandfather immigrated from Greece, and her paternal grandfather from Denmark. White's family moved to Los Angeles, California during the Great Depression. She attended Horace Mann School in Beverly Hills, California, and Beverly Hills High School.