1.She was born before the television itself.
Even though she was a star of the small screen, she was actually born before it even existed! Betty White was born January 17, 1922, and while the root of television technology dates back to the 1870s, the first TV set as we commonly have come to know it wasn’t introduced until 1927.
2. She was a television pioneer.
White's first major role was as the lead in Life with Elizabeth in 1950, in which she also served as co-creator – making her the first woman to produce a sitcom. The sitcom, which was filmed live on the weekends, lasted for 65 episodes, and garnered White her first Primetime Emmy nomination.
3. She's the oldest host of 'Saturday Night Live.'
On May 8th, 2010, White hosted SNL at the age of 88 years old - making her the oldest person to ever host the iconic late-night sketch series.The opportunity came about after an online petition favoring Betty White to host SNL circulated the web and collected hundreds of thousands of signatures.
4. You might recognize her voice…
Among her impressive list of credits, the actress lent her voice to SpongeBob SquarePants, Toy Story 4, The Simpsons, King of the Hill, The Wild Thornberrys, and more.
5. She was a horror star.
Although White was known for her comedic roles, she has a horror credit on her resume appearing in the campy cult classic Lake Placid in 1999. In the film, the Golden Girls star played Mrs. Delores Bickerman, a widow who secretly takes care of a killer crocodile.
6. She was no stranger to the Emmys.
The television icon was nominated for an Emmy an astounding 21 times! She took home the honor five times: twice as a supporting actress on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1975 and 1976, once as a lead actress on The Golden Girls in 1986, once as guest actress on The John Larroquette Show in 1996, and once as a guest actress on Saturday Night Live in 2010.