Betty Marion White Ludden 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 an entertainment career lasting over 90 years, she was one of the first women to exert control in front of and behind the camera. White 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 career began over 90 years ago in 1930, when at eight years old she made her debut on radio programing. She found work as a personality in the medium 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, for which she was awarded a 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.