Since 1955, the Guinness World Records has annually published remarkable human achievements and the extremes of the natural world. Most of the awards in the publication are quite peculiar, but do you know who holds the Guinness World Record for the longest career on TV?
As of 2018, the Guinness World Records awarded Betty White with the Longest TV career by a female entertainer. She’s been on TV for more than eight decades and has won several awards and recognition during that time.
The Guinness World Record
After more than eight decades in the industry, everyone’s favorite Golden Girl received a Guinness World Record under her name. According to reports, the title of Longest TV Career for an Entertainer (Female) was a new title created just for Betty White after she matched the number of years Bruce Forsyth has been on TV. White made her debut in 1939, shortly after graduating from high school. She continued to appear in several hit shows up until her untimely death at the end of 2021. (Source: Guinness World Records)
What was Betty White’s Last Project?
Betty White was pretty active in the movie-making scene even at her advanced age. Her most recent project was just before the pandemic hit. She completed a short TV animation called Forty Asks a Question. According to her agent, Jeff Witjas, White was very cautious throughout the pandemic. She had not been ill, and she spent the past two years at home with her loving pets. She also had caretakers who worked 24/7. (Source: Variety)
When Did Betty White Pass Away?
Betty White, the first woman to be nominated for an Emmy Award and had an absolutely remarkable career, passed away on December 31, 2021. Just a few weeks shy of her 100th birthday. The Los Angeles Police Department responded to the investigation of her death in her Brentwood home. She was believed to have passed on peacefully in her sleep.
Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever. I will miss her terribly and so will the animal world that she loved so much. I don’t think Betty ever feared passing because she always wanted to be with her most beloved husband Allen Ludden. She believed she would be with him again.Jeff Witjas, Betty White’s Agent and Friend
As her 100th birthday was fast approaching, several plans and tributes commemorate the day and her long run in the industry. And just a few weeks before her passing, she was featured on the cover of People Magazine.
I’m so lucky to be in such good health and feel so good at this age.Betty White on People Magazine