Betty White, the enduring thesp who began her career in the early days of television, will receive the Screen Actors Guild’s life achievement award at the 16th annual SAG Awards on Jan. 23.
White’s long career has been highlighted by starring roles in “The Golden Girls” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” For decades she’s been a mainstay on “The Tonight Show” and more recently “The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson,” among other talk and gameshows.
Her film career has seen a resurgence with her turn in the Sandra Bullock hit “The Proposal.”
“Whether creating some of television’s most indelible characters, plunging into film roles with joyous gusto or perfecting the art of the quip as a television panelist and host, Betty White has entertained audiences with her impeccable comic timing and remarkable wit for more than 60 years,” said SAG prexy Alan Rosenberg. “Her lifelong devotion to the welfare of animals, manifest in her work as an author, producer and philanthropist, is further evidence of her tremendous humanity and meaningful contributions in so many important areas.”
White, who’s currently shooting Disney feature “You Again,” has received six Emmys and 18 nominations. She broke into the business in 1949, when she joined the KLAC-TV variety show “Hollywood on Television” and later took over hosting duties for the show.
White formed Bandy Prods. in 1952 and created the domestic comedy “Life With Elizabeth,” for which she received her first Emmy, and went on to produce and host “The Betty White Show.”
White has also been a regular on latenight talkshows going back to Jack Paar, Merv Griffin and Johnny Carson and on gameshows such as “Match Game,” “To Tell the Truth,” “I’ve Got a Secret,” “Liar’s Club” and “Password.”