How Betty White Gave Up of Her Lover Because of Her Career, and Ended Up Finding Her Soulmate, and Other Facts About Her
Betty White was a famous Hollywood actress and comedian, who could always be seen with a beautiful smile and a pet in her hands. Although she is no longer between us, she will always be remembered as a wonderful person and a professional. With countless roles on TV shows, interviews that brighten up your mood, and pictures that make you grin, Betty left a legacy that will last forever.
To get a glimpse of this amazing person, Bright Side decided to compile some cool information about her life that might make you love her even more.
She started with one word, for the many that would come along.
During the mid-1940s, young Betty went from audition to audition looking for an opportunity until the producer Fran Van Hartesveldt took pity on her, and decided to give her a chance to shine. He said: “I’ll take a chance and give you one word to say in the commercial on this week’s show...Think you can say ’Parkay’ without lousing it up?”
This was just the beginning of a successful and long career, and in 2013 she earned the Guinness World Record title for the longest TV career for a female entertainer, with no less than 74 years in the industry.
She never took acting lessons.
As surprising as it may seem, Betty White has never had acting lessons. With a long and solid career as an actress, we would expect that she’d spent hours and hours practicing and studying, but acting classes were just not her thing.
“I just want to bring as much natural as I can,” she said. “I’m not saying that people who take acting lessons are false. They’re much better than I am, but it doesn’t work for me.”
She had lo leave her first husband because of her love for animals.
Betty was married three times in her life, and during her first marriage, she didn’t know she was going to live at a chicken farm along with her husband’s parents. One time, his parents sent Betty to get a chicken to eat for dinner, and she just couldn’t stand it. In her words: “I said, ‘No way!’ That was a real trauma because I’m such an animal nut. I couldn’t hack it, so I split and came back to California.”
She chose her career over her second husband.
During Betty’s second marriage to Lane Allan, her husband wanted her to stop acting, and dedicate herself to traditional family life. As you can probably tell, she chose her career over her lover.
In an interview, she said: “He didn’t want me to be in show business. When you have a calling you have to follow it, so I made the choice, blew the marriage, and I’ve never regretted it.”
She lived a romance that will last forever.
Betty White has been married 3 times in her life, and it was with Allen Ludden, her third husband, that things worked out. Their story is surrounded by love from the beginning to the end. About her marriage proposal, she remembers: “He sent me a white stuffed bunny with diamond earrings clipped to its ears and a card that said, ‘Please Say Yes?’ So when I answered the phone that night, I didn’t say hello, I just said, ’Yes.’”
Betty White’s tips for show business
During an interview, Betty White, drawing from her long and successful career in the entertainment industry, gave some tips to beginners who dream of being in her shoes one day
“Do your work, learn your lines, and come in prepared,” she says. “Don’t think you can wing it, because you can’t. We’re in show business, which is fun, but take your business seriously, because it is a serious business.”
Betty wanted to be a forest ranger, and she accomplished that!
At the age of 88, Betty White received the honorary title of United States Forest Ranger. The Forest Service is a government agency that is responsible for managing forests, which Betty felt connected to as she spent her childhood camping with her family. This even inspired her to pursue a career as a forest ranger, which unfortunately wasn’t possible back then, as women were not allowed to work in this field.
Betty said that the award would have made her parents prouder than any other she had received. During the ceremony, she was also ecstatic to see so many women dressed in ranger uniforms.
We can always see her smiling when holding an animal.
Betty White’s life was always surrounded by her love for animals. She got to the point of having 26 dogs at one time. In her book, she said: “Animals don’t lie. Animals don’t criticize. If animals have moody days, they handle them better than humans do.”
Betty’s assistant, Kiersten Mikelas, said: “Betty was never happier than when she had her hands on an animal,” and we have lots of pictures to prove it. She also said: “It didn’t matter how shy or timid or fierce and imposing an animal was. They were all drawn to Betty. They sensed her kindness. She really had a soul connection to animals, and it was beautiful to witness.”
If you had to make a difficult decision between love and your career like Betty did, what would you do? We would love to know in the comments.