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Betty White is in the Guinness Book of World Records


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.

(via Deadline.)

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  • Robert Vary

    Wait, if she’s 91, and she started on television when she was 27 in 1949, then isn’t her TV career 64 years long, not 74?

  • Anonymous

    THEY NEVER SAID THIS JOB WOULD INCLUDE MATH

  • Robert Vary

    No worries. I choose to believe she’s so awesome that some of her years counted double.

  • Anonymous

    Your handle includes “geek”. The math is implied.

  • Anonymous

    Her career did not necessarily start with her own TV show. I think this was just a highlight and she’d started before that.

  • Mark Brown

    Little-known fact, Betty White was once the Doctor’s companion.

  • Becky Cunningham

    I Wikied that for y’all. Her TV career began in 1939. She got her own show in 1949. I also learned that she mostly did radio during World War II, while also working in the American Women’s Voluntary Services. Betty’s been awesomely awesome for a very long time. :)

  • Brian

    Neither of them hold a candle to Mickey Rooney, who, thanks to The Muppets, now has a career that spans nine decades.

  • LifeLessons

    Huzzah!