Betty Marion White Ludden, known professionally as Betty White, is an American actress, comedian, author, and animal rights advocate. White is known for her roles as Sue Ann Nivens on the CBS sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1973–1977), Rose Nylund on the NBC sitcom The Golden Girls (1985–1992), and Elka Ostrovsky on the TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland (2010–2015). Now widely regarded as a pioneer of television, with a career lasting over 80 years, she was also one of the first women to exert control in front of and behind the camera.She is also recognized as the first woman to produce a sitcom (Life with Elizabeth), which contributed to her receiving the honorary title Mayor of Hollywood in 1955. White's television career began over 80 years ago in 1939, shortly after her graduation from high school. Years earlier, she found work as a radio personality in Los Angeles before transitioning to television under guidance of disk jockey Al Jarvis. A staple panelist of American game shows such as Password, Match Game, Tattletales, To Tell the Truth, The Hollywood Squares and The $25,000 Pyramid, White has been dubbed "the first lady of game shows", and became the first woman to receive a Daytime Emmy Award, winning the award for Outstanding Game Show Host in 1983 for the show Just Men! She is also known for her appearances on The Bold and the Beautiful, Boston Legal, The Carol Burnett Show, and Saturday Night Live. With a television career spanning over 8 decades, White has worked longer in that medium than anyone else in the television industry and was awarded the Guinness World Record in 2018. White has received eight Emmy Awards in various categories, three American Comedy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and a Grammy Award. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and is a 1985 Television Hall of Fame inductee.