And the world shines a little brighter.
The Guinness Book of World Records announced some of the contents of its 2014 edition today, and Betty White is included in its superlative accolades. Why? Is it because she’s the oldest person to ever host Saturday Night Live? The only person NBC has thrown a 90th birthday party for? The oldest person to be asked to the Marine Corps Ball?
No, it’s because she’s in the running for longest television career with British actor and game show host Bruce Forsyth. From Deadline:
The 2014 edition, out September 12, has awarded the 91-year-old actress the inaugural title of “Longest TV Career For An Entertainer (Female).” The new category is in recognition of White’s 74 years in the business.
White debuted her first television show The Betty White Show in 1949, at the age of twenty-seven, and today she’s still appearing on Hot in Cleveland. She’s got a long way to go to pull of that first place for both genders, however. Forsyth, by comparison, is eighty-five, and made his first television appearance, as a child, on a variety show, in 1939.
Seems like long odds, but then again, I don’t think it’s ever safe to bet against Betty White.