Betty White, 88, is starring in a new TV Land sitcom "Hot in Cleveland."

Check out more facts that you probably didn't know about America's favorite -- and White hottest -- actress!

45 Fun Facts About Betty White

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Betty White was born in Oak Park, Illinois onJanuary 17, 1922.

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Betty White is of German and Greek ancestry.

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Moved to Los Angeles at two-years-old.

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Betty was the first woman to ever receive an Emmy for hosting a game show.

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White's father, Horace L. White, was a traveling salesman and electrical engineer.

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White has won six Emmy Awards and received 18 Emmy nominations during her career spanning over sixty-five years.

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She was raised in Los Angeles and attended Beverly Hills High School, graduating in 1939.

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Per White's autobiography, she was named "Betty" at birth not "Elizabeth" because her parents did not want her to be saddled with any of the nicknames and derivatives of Elizabeth -- i.e. Beth, Liza, Ellie, etc.

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Before entering the acting world Betty White worked as a model.Her first gig was at the Bliss Hayden Little Theatre.

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Betty began her career in radio in the early 1940's.She appeared on radio shows "Blondie", "The Great Gildersleeve" and "This Is Your FBI."

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White got her first big break when she got her own radio show, called "The Betty White Show."

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Betty White debuted on television in 1949 with Al Jarvis on his daily live television variety show, "Hollywood on Television."

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White became the host of "Hollywood on Television" after Al Jarvis left the show.

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White co-founded Bandy Productions with writer George Tibbles and producer Don Fedderson.

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Bandy Productions created new shows using existing characters from sketches shown on "Hollywood on Television." White starred in the show, "Life With Elizabeth" from 1952 - 1955 which effectively boosted her career.

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Betty White won her first Emmy in 1952 for "Life With Elizabeth."

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Betty White made her film debut as Kansas Senator Elizabeth Ames Adams in the 1962 flick, "Advise and Consent."

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Betty White married Allen Ludden, host of the game show "Password" in 1963.

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Betty White appeared on numerous game shows in the 60s, making her thefirst woman to win a Daytime Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Game Show Host, for the show "Just Men."

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Betty has contributed millions of dollars to charities and is one of the country's foremost animal activists.

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White appeared on the NBC hit "Mama's Family" from 1983 - 1985.

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Betty White scored her most memorable television role in 1985 as Rose Nylund on "The Golden Girls."

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White won an Emmy Award in 1985 for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series during the first season of "The Golden Girls."

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A Facebook campaign called "Betty White to host SNL (please)" began in January 2010.The group had 500,000 members when SNL confirmed on March 11, 2010 that White would host Saturday Night Live on May 8, 2010.

At age 88, White is the oldest person to host SNL.

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White donated nearly $100,000 to the Los Angeles Zoo in the month of April 2008 alone.She's been a member of the board of directors since 1974.

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White married first husband Dick Barker, a U.S. Army Air Corps pilot in 1945. They divorced shortly after.

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Betty married second husband Lane Allen, a Hollywood agent in 1947, but divorced two years later.

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White's third husband Allen Ludden died from stomach cancer in 1981. She never re-married and the two didn't have any children together.

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Betty White is a vegetarian.

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Betty was one of the first actresses to earn the unofficial title "America's Sweetheart."

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Betty White starred alongside Sandra Bullock in the 2009 comedy "The Proposal."

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Betty White is the oldest of the four women who starred on "The Golden Girls."

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In 1955, Betty was nominated at the honorary mayor of Hollywood.

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Betty White admits to having surgery before "The Golden Girls" even though the program was about growing old and not having a problem with it.

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Betty was originally supposed to play Blanche on "Golden Girls," but they thought that Rue would suit the role better.

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A nude photo of Betty White from the 1940s surfaced in 2010. The photo was taken when White was struggling to become a model.

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Betty White had a Pink's Hot Dog named after her; the Betty White "Naked" Hot Dog.

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Betty had a mastoid infection when she was very young, at which time her parents took turns reading L. Frank Baum's Oz books to her to comfort her.

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Betty wrote a short story called Pet Love, for the book Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul.

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Betty White once hosted her own talk show called "The Betty White Show" in 1954.

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Betty has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame alongside her late husband Allen Ludden.

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Betty White was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1995.

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White was offered the role of Helen Hunt's mother in "As Good as It Gets," butturned it down because she objected to the treatment of the dog in the film.

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Betty White is the only "Golden Girl" to appear on four different shows as the same character ("The Golden Girls," "Empty Nest," "The Golden Palace" and "Nurses").

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Betty White is the recipient of the 46th Annual Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.


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