Published On: Jan 16 2014 04:23:49 PM CSTUpdated On: Jan 15 2015 01:00:00 AM CST
Betty White has fallen in and out of fashion during a career that has spanned parts of nine decades. Take a look back at her career.
After working in radio and TV as far back as 1939, White landed the biggest gig of her career to that point in 1949, appearing on the daily, live variety show "Hollywood on Television" on KLAC-TV in Los Angeles.
White created the sitcom "Life with Elizabeth," which ran from 1953 to 1955, based off a character she played on "Hollywood on Television."
Following "Life with Elizabeth," she appeared as Vicki Angel on the sitcom "Date with the Angels" from 1957 to 1958.
Her first movie role came playing a U.S. senator in the star-studded 1962 political drama "Advise and Consent," which also featured Henry Fonda, Charles Laughton and Gene Tierney.
White married game show host Allen Ludden, her third husband, in 1963 and remained married to him until his death from stomach cancer on June 9, 1981.
From the 1950s on through the early 1990s, White was a frequent guest on game shows, including several variations of her husband's show, "Password," and "The Match Game" (pictured).
White's break-through role came as Sue Ann Nivens on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." She appeared in 42 episodes of the show between 1973 and 1977, winning two Emmys in three nominations.
When "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" went off the air in 1977, White got her own sitcom, "The Betty White Show." However, the show would last only 14 episodes.
For the next several years, most of her roles came in TV movies and in cameos on TV series, including "Fame," "Hotel," "St. Elsewhere" and "Who's the Boss?" She made her first appearance on "The Love Boat" in 1980, and then returned in 1981 playing a different character, aging showgirl Betsy Boucher, which would become a recurring role she would play a total of four times through 1985. She's seen here in an episode alongside Carol Channing.
She also had a recurring role on the first two seasons of "Mama's Family" in 1983-84, reprising the character of Ellen Harper Jackson that she originally had played on "The Carol Burnett Show" in the 1970s.
White landed the other signature role of her career in 1985, playing the ditzy Minnesota farm girl Rose Nylund on "The Golden Girls" alongside Rue McClanahan, Bea Arthur and Estelle Getty.
The show won 11 Emmys over its seven seasons, including one for White in 1986. She was also nominated another six times for the show.
White continued acting throughout the 1990s, including roles on shows such as "Bob," "Diagnosis Murder" and "Suddenly Susan." But it was her scene-stealing role in the 1999 man-eating-crocodile horror-comedy "Lake Placid" that started a career resurgence. She played against type as a foul-mouthed, batty old woman who doesn't report a 30-foot crocodile who ate her husband because she doesn't want anyone to kill the animal.
White arrives at the opening night of Mel Brooks' "The Producers" at the Pantages Theatre on May 29, 2003, in Los Angeles.
The cast of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," including (from left to right) Ed Asner, Valerie Harper, John Amos, Mary Tyler Moore, Cloris Leachman, Betty White and Gavin MacLeod, after accepting the Ground Breaking Show award during the TV Land Awards on March 7, 2004.
White, Rue McClanahan and Bea Arthur pose during a party to celebrate the DVD release of "The Golden Girls: The Complete First Season" on Nov. 18, 2004.
White greets her "Mary Tyler Moore" co-star Ed Asner as she arrives for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' tribute in her honor on Aug. 7, 2008.
White continued her scene-stealing ways and career resurgence with a role opposite Sandra Bullock in 2009's "The Proposal."
White reacts to a standing ovation as she accepts the Career Achievement award at the 25th Annual Television Critics Association Awards on Aug. 1, 2009.
Sandra Bullock embraces White as she presents her with a lifetime achievement award at the 16th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 23, 2010.
White appeared in one of the most memorable commercials from Super Bowl XLIV in February 2010, launching the Snickers' "You're not you when you're hungry" ad campaign.
After a grassroots Facebook campaign, White was chosen to host "Saturday Night Live" on May 8, 2010, making her the oldest host, at age 88, in the show's history. She also won an Emmy for the appearance.
White took on another sitcom in 2010, this time starring with Wendie Malick, Valerie Bertinelli and Jane Leeves in TV Land's first sitcom "Hot in Cleveland."
"Mad Men" star Jon Hamm joins White to announce the winner for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series at the 62nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Aug. 29, 2010.
White arrives at the annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor awards ceremony hosted by the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 9, 2010.
White attends a premiere party for "Hot in Cleveland" with the rest of the show's main cast at the Sunset Tower Hotel on Jan. 10, 2011, in West Hollywood, California.
White attends a party celebrating her 89th birthday on Jan. 18, 2011, in New York City.
White appeared in her own 2011 calendar, with all proceeds from the tongue-in-cheek pin-up calendar going to various animal charities she supports.
White accepts the award for outstanding female actor in a comedy series for her role in "Hot in Cleveland" at the 17th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 30, 2011.
White signs copies of her book "If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won't)" at a Barnes & Noble in New York City on May 6, 2011.
White performs onstage at the 39th AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Morgan Freeman held at Sony Pictures Studios on June 9, 2011 in Culver City, California.
White attends a fashion shoot for The Lifeline Program on May 9, 2012, in Culver City, California.
White visits with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office on June 11, 2012. White was in Washington, D.C., to give a speech at the Smithsonian. During her visit to the White House, she also walked on the South Lawn with the first dog, Bo.
Alex Trebek and White pose onstage during "Hot in Cleveland" LIVE! at the CBS Studio Center on March 26, 2014, in Studio City, California.
William Shatner and White speak onstage at TV Land's Legends Of TV Land Panel during the 2014 Comic Con International Convention on July 24, 2014, in San Diego, California.
White accepts the award for Favorite TV Icon from Ellen DeGeneres during the People's Choice Awards on Jan. 7, 2015, in Los Angeles.