Betty White was a beloved woman and actress in the world, who passed recently after living a long life and enjoying a very long career. She had and still continues to have millions of fans all around the world due to her charisma and charm as well as how long she was in the spotlight. Betty was also an activist and animal lover in her time in the world of show biz, which many people admired. But what did we not know or remember about her? Considering she had a multi-decade career, it’s pretty likely that question has many answers. Here are some fun facts about Betty White.
Most of us that don’t know enough about Betty White probably assume her first name is just a generalized nickname or what she preferred to be called over a name like Elizabeth, since that’s quite common. But her name was in fact Betty as her parents didn’t want any other nicknames that could associate with Elizabeth and it fit her heritage in some ways as well.
Not Just Acting
Like everyone else that has tried or thought of different careers in a lifetime, there were many other avenues White tried or considered. She spoke sometimes of her original goals to be an opera singer when she was younger, and later on turning to writing as well as a thought for future living. Betty didn’t give up on writing though, and actually wrote multiple books throughout her life to keep up with that dream.
First to the Game
Not only did this woman end up being a beloved actress and host in later decades of her lifetime, but she was actually one of the very first people to debut on television in the 1930s when RCA introduced TV to the New York World’s Fair. She danced during the experimental show that was one of the first ever entertainment based viewings for TV. That’s insanely unique when you take some time to think about it.
Since a young age, Betty White loved animals very much and wanted to be in professions that were male led like zookeepers or forest rangers. Her father also sold radios during the Great Depression in exchange for dogs since money was tight, and kept them in kennels at their house to care for. White also worked with the Los Angeles Zoo for many decades of her later life.
Down to Earth
Probably a well known thought, but overall this woman was truly down to earth and grounded in humble beginnings for a celebrity. She had a lot of success and came upon plenty of money, but used a lot of it to return to charity or to helping animals and others. Much of Betty’s contributions and thoughts remained quiet because she didn’t want it to be a big deal, but some have surfaced over the years.
It’s facts like these that remind us why so many individuals out there looked up to and loved Betty White as well as her career. It also gives us all something to recall and think about regarding this woman that passed away so unfortunately, and allows Betty’s lovely career in the public eye to continue to stay in hearts for a very long time forward. Even if you knew some of these, or even all of these, factoids; we hope that you enjoyed spending some time with us today reflecting and learning about Betty White and the things that most didn’t know about her life.