The Golden Girls

Betty White

Rose Nylund

Betty White is back in her Emmy®-nominated role as Elka Ostrovsky in the hit TV Land series "Hot in Cleveland. The show follows three fabulous friends from Los Angeles (Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick) whose plane, bound for Paris, is forced to make an emergency landing in Cleveland. After discovering that they're still "hot" in Cleveland, they decide to move there and start over together. White plays Elka, the sharp-tongued caretaker that comes with the Victorian home the women rent.

The past few years have been phenomenal for White. She was honored with two consecutive SAG® Awards for her role as Elka on "Hot in Cleveland", as well as a Primetime Emmy® Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2011. In November 2010, the British Academy of Film & Television honored White with the Charlie Chaplin Award for Excellence in Comedy, and in December of the same year, she was inducted into the California Hall of Fame in Sacramento. She received a Gracie Award in May of 2011 from the Alliance for Women in Media, which recognizes achievement in programming for women. In June 2011, White – along with "Hot in Cleveland," co-stars Bertinelli, Leeves and Malick – was presented with the key to the city of Cleveland by the mayor.

Betty guest stars on the Season 3 LIVE premiere of The Soul Man.

White took popular culture by storm in 2010 after starring in a Snickers commercial that aired during the Super Bowl. Later that year, after a successful fan-based Facebook campaign, she hosted "Saturday Night Live" and scored one of the highest ratings for the show in recent history and picked up an Emmy® for the gig, to boot. In 2009, White played Ryan Reynolds' scene-stealing Grandma Annie in the chart-topping Sandra Bullock romantic comedy "The Proposal." In that same year, she was also heard in theatres voicing the elderly Yoshie in Oscar®-winner Hayao Miyazaki's animated adventure "Ponyo."

Beloved comedienne, pioneering television producer, host, author and an advocate for the health and welfare of animals, Betty White received the Screen Actors Guild's most prestigious accolade, the Screen Actors Guild® Life Achievement Award, for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment in 2010 at the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®. The award is given annually to an actor who fosters the "finest ideals of the acting profession."

Betty Marion White was born January 17, 1922, in Oak Park, Ill., the only child of Horace, an electrical engineer, and Tess, a housewife. The family moved to California when White was two years old. After graduating from Beverly Hills High School, White made her professional debut at the Bliss Hayden Little Theatre and landed parts in such popular radio shows as "Blondie," "The Great Gildersleeve" and "This Is Your FBI." Her first radio program, "The Betty White Show," followed. Her big break came in 1949, when she joined Al Jarvis' five-and-a-half-hour, six-days-a-week live KLAC-TV variety show, "Hollywood on Television." Starting out as Jarvis' "Girl Friday," White inherited the show's hosting duties for two more years when Jarvis left in 1952.

That same year, she formed Bandy Productions with producer Don Fedderson and writer George Tibbles. Spinning off characters from a "Hollywood on Television" sketch, they created the domestic comedy "Life with Elizabeth," for which White received her first of six Emmys(R). Syndication brought the program to national audiences through the mid-1950s. The series made White one of only a few women with creative control in front of and behind the camera in television's early years. White went on to produce and host a daily NBC talk/variety series, "The Betty White Show," garnering a Daytime Emmy® nomination. Her second sitcom, "A Date with the Angels," premiered in 1957 and eventually evolved into another eponymous comedy/variety showcase.

White's sly, ribald humor made her an audience favorite on the late-night talk show circuit as she matched wits with Jack Paar (more than 70 appearances), Merv Griffin and Johnny Carson (including many Mighty Carson Art Players performances), and even subbed for all three as a guest host. Her clever spontaneity also earned her spots on numerous game shows, such as "The Match Game," "To Tell the Truth," "I've Got A Secret," "Password" and "Liar's Club" – the latter two of which hosted by Allen Ludden, whom she married in 1963 after a persistent two-year courtship.

When White and Ludden's pals, actor Mary Tyler Moore Mary Tyler Moore and her producer/husband, Grant Tinker, were casting for a cloyingly sweet "Betty White-type" to guest star on their hit series "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," they ultimately decided to go with the real deal. White's 1973 guest shot as the saccharinely catty, man-hungry "Happy Homemaker" Sue Ann Nivens was White's entrance into one of television's most iconic ensembles. The role re-launched White's acting career and earned her three back-to-back Supporting Actress Emmy® Awards and then a fourth Emmy® nomination.

After the series' historic final episode in 1977, MTM created "The Betty White Show," with White playing the second-rate star of a TV police drama. After its brief run, White guest-starred in the miniseries "The Place to Be" (1979) and co-starred in such telefilms as "With This Ring" (1978), "Before and After" (1979) and "The Gossip Columnist" (1980), before breaking ground as TV's first female game show host on NBC's "Just Men." Drawing on the lascivious persona she perfected as Sue Ann, White earned the first and only Daytime Emmy® for Best Game Show Host awarded to a female emcee. A second Daytime Emmy® nomination followed in 1984.

In 1983, White began a three-year recurring stint on Vicki Lawrence's "Mama's Family," reprising the role of social climber Ellen Harper Jackson, a character she had created in sketches on "The Carol Burnett Show" in the early ‘70s. In 1985, at 63, White began what became the most lauded role of her career, the sweetly naïve Minnesotan Rose Nylund on NBC's Saturday night hit "The Golden Girls." White, along with co-stars Beatrice Arthur, Estelle Getty and Rue McClanahan, proved that great comedy transcended age, as did the series' stellar ratings and countless honors including, for White, a first-year lead actress Emmy®, six subsequent nominations and two Golden Globe® nominations. She reprised the role of Rose on three other series: "Empty Nest" (1989 and 1992), "Nurses" (1991) and "The Golden Palace" (1992–93).

In 1991, White starred opposite Leslie Nielsen in the romantic NBC telefilm "Chance of a Lifetime" and subsequently shone in a variety of series, including with Bob Newhart in "Bob" (1993) and as Marie Osmond's mother in "Maybe This Time" (1995). She won her fourth Emmy® for her guest-starring self-caricature on "The John Larroquette Show" (1996) and earned more Emmy® nominations for guest roles on "Suddenly Susan" (1997) and "Yes, Dear" (2003). She played Alfred Molina's mother in "Ladies Man" (1999-2001) and played a recurring role in "That 70's Show" (2002-03). A 2007 TV Land Awards parody entitled "Ugly Betty White" led to a subsequent guest appearance as herself on the spoof's target, "Ugly Betty," with White going head-to-head over a taxi with Vanessa Williams' Wilhelmina Slater. Other television guest appearances include "St. Elsewhere," "The Ellen Show," "Everwood," "My Wife and Kids," "Joey" and "Malcolm in the Middle." She has voiced animated characters on The Simpsons," "King of the Hill," "The Wild Thornberrys," "Father of the Pride" and "Family Guy," as well as in the feature "Whispers: An Elephant's Tale." White's more recent films for television include "The Lost Valentine" opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt for Hallmark Hall of Fame in 2011, "Annie's Point" in 2005 for the Hallmark Channel, "Stealing Christmas" in 2003 for USA and "The Retrievers" in 2001 for Animal Planet.

With "The Practice" in 2004, White once again turned one-shot casting into gold. Her guest turn as conniving blackmailer Catherine Piper led not only to another Emmy® nomination but also to a recurring return for White as Catherine on the subsequent David E. Kelley series "Boston Legal" (2005–2008). In 1999, White guest-starred for Kelley on "Ally McBeal," earning an American Comedy Award for Funniest Female Guest Appearance in a Television Series, and starred in his horror-film send-up "Lake Placid." Her 2009 guest performance as the Crazy Witch Lady on "My Name is Earl" earned White her 18th Emmy® nomination. She most recently appeared as herself in an episode of "30 Rock" and in guest starring roles on "Community" and "The Middle."

White returned to the big screen in 2003 in the comedy "Bringing Down the House" opposite Steve Martin and Queen Latifah, and appeared in 2009's "Love 'n' Dancing." Earlier films include "Hard Rain" (1998) with Morgan Freeman and Christian Slater, "Dennis the Menace Strikes Again" (1998) playing Mrs. Wilson opposite Don Rickles, and Rob Reiner's "The Story of Us" (1999).

In December 2006, White joined the daytime drama "The Bold and the Beautiful" as Ann Douglas, the long-lost mother of matriarch Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery). She has appeared 19 times since, most recently in November 2009.

White narrated network telecasts of the annual Tournament of Roses Parade from 1954 through 1974 and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade for 10 years.

Honors have been bestowed on White throughout her career. In 1976 she was awarded the Pacific Pioneers in Broadcasting Golden Ike Award and the Genii Award from the American Women in Radio and TV. She was honored with the American Comedy Award for Funniest Female in 1987 and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1990. In 1995 she was inducted into the Television Academy's Hall of Fame. In 2006 she was profiled by the Paley Center for Media as part of their "She Made It" initiative honoring women creating television and radio. In August of 2009 she received a Career Achievement Award from the Television Critics Association, and she was presented with a Disney Legends Award in September 2009. In 2011, White was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.

White's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame rests adjacent to that of her late husband Allen Ludden, who sadly succumbed to cancer in 1981.

White's devotion to the health and welfare of animals has been a passion since childhood. She is President Emeritus of the Morris Animal Foundation and has been a trustee since 1971. She first learned about the Foundation's support of research studies to protect, treat and cure animals while creating, producing and hosting "The Pet Set," the 1970-71 syndicated series featuring celebrities and their pets. She received the American Veterinary Medical Association's Humane Award in 1987. A member of the board of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association since 1974, she served as a Zoo Commissioner for eight years. In February 2006, White was honored by the City of Los Angeles with a bronze plaque placed next to the Gorilla Exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo naming her Ambassador to the Animals for her life-long work for animal welfare. In 2007, Western University Veterinary School awarded her an honorary Doctor of Humane Veterinary Sciences. In October 2009, she received the Jane Goodall Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award. In February 2012, The Los Angeles Zoo honored White with a special gift when they named a baby orangutan Elka after her "Hot in Cleveland" character.

Four of White's published books directly connect to her passion for animals: " Betty White's Pet Love: How Pets Take Care of Us" (1983), "Betty & Friends: My Life at the Zoo" (2011), "The Leading Lady: Dinah's Story" (1991) and "Together: A Story of Shared Vision" (2008), the latter two co-authored with Tom Sullivan. Her most recent autobiography, 2011's "If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won't)" from Putnam Publishing, was preceded by "Betty White in Person" in 1987 and "Here We Go Again: My Life in Television" in 1995. That life continues to unfold new chapters.

The Golden Girls TV Schedule

Sunday
September 4
9:00am
Blanche and the Younger Man
Blanche goes all out to try to look good for her latest beau, her aerobics instructor half her age. Meanwhile, Rose's dynamic mother comes for a visit and gets fed up with Rose's "mothering" ways.
TV-PG
9:30am
In a Bed of Rose's
Late one evening, Rose brings a man home and they spend the night together. However, in the morning she finds that he has passed away. Even worse, she later discovers he was married.
TV-PG
10:00am
Ladies of the Evening
The house is fumigated and the girls move into a Miami Beach hotel. Dressed up to attend a Burt Reynolds movie premiere, the girls are caught in a hotel raid, mistaken as prostitutes, and dragged off to jail.
TV-PG
10:30am
Isn't It Romantic
Dorothy's friend Jean comes to visit and Dorothy doesn’t tell Blanche and Rose that Jean is a lesbian. After spending time with Rose, Jean begins to fall for her. Meanwhile, a new VCR prompts Sophia to rent "dirty movies."
TV-PG
11:00am
Big Daddy's Little Lady
Blanche's father comes to Miami for a visit and announces he's engaged. Blanche is thrilled until she meets his fiancee, who happens to be younger than her. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Rose enter a Miami song writing contest.
TV-PG
11:30am
Long Days Journey into Marinara
Sophia's sister, Angela, arrives in Miami for a visit and decides to move there. Dorothy invites her to stay with the girls. This ticks off Sophia since she thinks that Angela is after everything that she has.
TV-PG
12:00pm
Mixed Blessing
Dorothy's son, Michael, pays another visit and this time he has an announcement: he's engaged. However, Dorothy has two more surprises in store. Her future daughter-in-law is also black and twenty years older than Michael.
TV-PG
12:30pm
And Ma Makes Three
Feeling sorry for a lonely Sophia, Dorothy allows her to come along on a date with her latest beau. However, pretty soon Sophia begins tagging along on every date, which puts a rift in Dorothy's romantic plans.
TV-PG
1:00pm
Yes, We Have No Havanas
Blanche's new boyfriend is a charming Cuban who sweeps her off her feet, but she's not the only one. Blanche discovers he's also been dating Sophia. Rose takes a course taught by Dorothy so she can get a high school diploma.
TV-PG
1:30pm
Love Me Tender
When Sophia sets Dorothy up on a blind date, Dorothy secretly falls for the seemingly simple man, claiming "he's the greatest lover she ever had." Blanche and Rose join the "Be a Pal" and become pals to two motherless girls.
TV-PG
2:00pm
High Anxiety
After Sophia accidentally knocks a bottle of Rose's pills down the sink, it is discovered she is addicted to them and must battle withdrawal. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Sophia are hired to be in a pizza commercial.
TV-PG
2:30pm
An Illegitimate Concern
Blanche is stunned when a man comes to the front door and claims to be the illegitimate son of her late husband. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Sophia enter a mother-daughter pageant at Shady Pines.
TV-PG
3:00pm
Sick and Tired (1)
Dorothy is feeling rundown, tired all the time and has a lack of energy. She is sure she is ill, but all of the doctors she visits tell her she's fine. Meanwhile, Blanche decides to write a romance novel.
TV-PG
3:30pm
Sick and Tired (2)
Dorothy continues to seek medical advice and turns to Harry Weston for help. Meanwhile, Blanche goes on a writing binge, resulting in a novel that is less then enthralling.
TV-PG
Monday
September 5
1:00am
In a Bed of Rose's
Late one evening, Rose brings a man home and they spend the night together. However, in the morning she finds that he has passed away. Even worse, she later discovers he was married.
TV-PG
1:30am
Ladies of the Evening
The house is fumigated and the girls move into a Miami Beach hotel. Dressed up to attend a Burt Reynolds movie premiere, the girls are caught in a hotel raid, mistaken as prostitutes, and dragged off to jail.
TV-PG
2:00am
Isn't It Romantic
Dorothy's friend Jean comes to visit and Dorothy doesn’t tell Blanche and Rose that Jean is a lesbian. After spending time with Rose, Jean begins to fall for her. Meanwhile, a new VCR prompts Sophia to rent "dirty movies."
TV-PG
2:30am
Long Days Journey into Marinara
Sophia's sister, Angela, arrives in Miami for a visit and decides to move there. Dorothy invites her to stay with the girls. This ticks off Sophia since she thinks that Angela is after everything that she has.
TV-PG
3:00am
And Ma Makes Three
Feeling sorry for a lonely Sophia, Dorothy allows her to come along on a date with her latest beau. However, pretty soon Sophia begins tagging along on every date, which puts a rift in Dorothy's romantic plans.
TV-PG
3:30am
Yes, We Have No Havanas
Blanche's new boyfriend is a charming Cuban who sweeps her off her feet, but she's not the only one. Blanche discovers he's also been dating Sophia. Rose takes a course taught by Dorothy so she can get a high school diploma.
TV-PG
4:00am
Love Me Tender
When Sophia sets Dorothy up on a blind date, Dorothy secretly falls for the seemingly simple man, claiming "he's the greatest lover she ever had." Blanche and Rose join the "Be a Pal" and become pals to two motherless girls.
TV-PG
4:30am
High Anxiety
After Sophia accidentally knocks a bottle of Rose's pills down the sink, it is discovered she is addicted to them and must battle withdrawal. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Sophia are hired to be in a pizza commercial.
TV-PG
5:00am
Sick and Tired (1)
Dorothy is feeling rundown, tired all the time and has a lack of energy. She is sure she is ill, but all of the doctors she visits tell her she's fine. Meanwhile, Blanche decides to write a romance novel.
TV-PG
5:30am
Sick and Tired (2)
Dorothy continues to seek medical advice and turns to Harry Weston for help. Meanwhile, Blanche goes on a writing binge, resulting in a novel that is less then enthralling.
TV-PG
9:00am
The Flu
A week before an awards ceremony, Blanche, Dorothy and Rose each come down with a nasty flu, which compounds their arguing over who will win a prestigious award.
TV-PG
9:30am
The Way We Met
One night after watching "Psycho," the girls find it hard to sleep so they stay up and reminisce about how they all came to live with one another.
TV-PG
10:00am
End of the Curse
Blanche is mortified after taking a pregnancy test which indicates she's pregnant. After visiting her doctor, she learns the truth that she's beginning menopause. Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia go into the mink breeding business.
TV-PG
10:30am
It's a Miserable Life
The girls circulate a petition to save a 200 year old oak tree which is located on the property of the most hated woman in the neighborhood, Frieda Claxton, who wants the tree cut down.
TV-PG
11:00am
Love, Rose
Rose places an ad in the personals column and she is let down when she doesn't hear an immediate response. This leads Blanche and Dorothy to begin responding under the name Isaac Newton.
TV-PG
11:30am
The Actor
Dorothy, Blanche, and Rose each vie for the attention of an actor in the local community theatre, who on the sly begins romancing each of them.
TV-PG
12:00pm
Old Friends
Sophia befriends an old man on the boardwalk. However, his strange behavior signals that he has Alzheimer's disease. Meanwhile, Blanche accidentally gives away Rose's teddy bear at a garage sale.
TV-PG
12:30pm
My Brother, My Father
Sophia's brother Angelo, a priest, comes to visit and doesn't know Dorothy and Stan are divorced. To spare his feelings, Sophia has Dorothy and Stan pretend to be married. Rose and Blanche prepare to star in The Sound of Music.
TV-PG
1:00pm
The One That Got Away
Blanche is determined to sleep with the one man who has refused her once in the past. Meanwhile, Rose claims to have seen a UFO and gets the Air Force involved.
TV-PG
1:30pm
Scared Straight
Blanche's brother, Clayton, comes to Miami for a visit, and Blanche goes all out fixing him up on blind dates. However, Rose learns the truth: Clayton is gay and is afraid to tell Blanche the truth about himself.
TV-PG
2:00pm
Valentine's Day
It's Valentine's Day, and the girls are all excited until each one of their dates cancels at the last minute. This leaves them to reminisce about Valentine's Day past.
TV-PG
2:30pm
Bang the Drum, Stanley
At a baseball game, Sophia gets beaned. This prompts Stan to talk her into filing a lawsuit for payment on her severe injuries, which he gets her to fake. Meanwhile, Blanche and Rose prepare for roles in the play "Cats."
TV-PG
3:00pm
Foreign Exchange
Sophia's Sicilian friends Philomena and Dominic come for a visit with shocking news. Philomena and Sophia met in the hospital when they were giving birth, and now Philomena and Dominic claim that Dorothy was switched at birth.
TV-PG
3:30pm
Ebb Tide
Blanche is shattered after her father, Big Daddy, passes away. However, when she goes back to her childhood home, she gets into a big argument with her sister, Virginia, and decides not to attend the funeral.
TV-PG
4:00pm
Twice in a Lifetime
Rose must decide between her boyfriend, Miles, or an old boyfriend who has just come to town and asks her to go to Europe with him. Meanwhile, fed up with Dorothy's rules, Sophia decides to move out.
TV-PG
4:30pm
Mrs. George Devereaux
Blanche has a secret admirer and is shocked when she meets him: her supposedly dead husband, George. Meanwhile, Dorothy is being wooed by two men, Sonny Bono and Lyle Waggoner.
TV-PG
5:00pm
The Case of the Libertine Belle
The girls participate in a murder mystery weekend, and Dorothy has a ball when she solves a mystery. But when Blanche is accused committing a real murder, Dorothy will have to use all skills to find the real culprit.
TV-PG
5:30pm
Journey to the Center of Attention
Blanche brings a lonely Dorothy down to the Rusty Anchor for a night of excitement. However, Blanche had no intention of being pushed off her throne by Dorothy, who begins singing and instantly becomes the center of attention.
TV-PG
Sunday
September 11
7:48am
Two Rode Together
Dorothy wants to spend some "quality" time with Sophia and takes her to Disney World for the weekend. However, her attempts fail when a fed up Sophia storms out. Rose and Blanche try their hand at writing children's stories.
TV-PG
8:24am
You Gotta Have Hope
Dorothy is in charge of a hospital charity show and things aren't going her way. Rose's solution for her problem makes things worse when the girls scour Miami in hopes of getting Bob Hope to perform in the show.
TV-PG
9:00am
Fiddler on the Ropes
Without the consent of the other girls, Sophia sinks their life savings into backing Pepe, a prize fighter. However, on the eve of the fight, the girls discover Pepe missing and make a shocking discovery.
TV-PG
9:30am
Till Death Do We Volley
Dorothy's old friend, Trudy, comes for a visit and this revives their old rivalry between each other. However, the visit turns tragic when Trudy suddenly dies and Dorothy blames herself.
TV-PG
10:00am
Little Sister
Rose's sister, Holly, comes for a visit and becomes quick friends with Dorothy and Blanche, leaving Rose out in the cold. However, when Rose catches Holly with Blanche's boyfriend, Dorothy and Blanche refuse to believe her.
TV-PG
10:30am
Sophia's Choice
Sophia goes into action to break her friend Lillian out of "the worst nursing home in the city." However, Lillian proves to be too much of a handful for Sophia to handle. Meanwhile, Blanche considers having her breasts enlarged.
TV-PG
11:00am
Rites of Spring
A week prior to a friend's annual party, the girls debate on what they should do to improve their appearance. This leads the girls to reminisce about previous attempts to improve their looks.
TV-PG
11:30am
We're Outta Here (1)
Blanche, Dorothy and Rose return home to discover Sophia in the midst of selling the house. A for sale sign was placed on the front lawn accidentally, but Blanche begins to consider it after seeing the amount that she's offered.
TV-PG
12:00pm
We're Outta Here (2)
Blanche debates on whether or not to sell the house as she and the rest of the girls recall times they have spent together (via flashbacks).
TV-PG
12:30pm
The Accurate Conception
Blanche's daughter, Rebecca, has some wonderful news. She's going to become a mother through artificial insemination. However, Blanche is less then thrilled. She's totally against the entire thing.
TV-PG
1:00pm
Rose Fights Back
When the company that Rose's husband worked for cuts off their pension plan, Rose has to get a new job, but never expects to have to deal with age discrimination. Sophia goes wild buying in bulk at Shopper's Warehouse.
TV-PG
1:30pm
Love Under the Big Top
Dorothy is in a serious relationship with a lawyer (guest star Dick Van Dyke) and assumes he's about to propose. But it turns out he's planning to become a circus clown. Rose and Blanche organize a protest to save dolphins.
TV-PG
2:00pm
Dancing in the Dark
Rose has been dating Miles Webber, a college professor. When Miles invites her to a party, Rose feels like a fish out of water with all his intelligent friends. Meanwhile, Blanche battles a dating slump.
TV-PG
2:30pm
Not Another Monday
Sophia's friend wants to commit suicide, and she wants Sophia there to hold her hand. Meanwhile, Blanche, Rose and Dorothy become singing nursemaids to a sick baby that they are taking care of for the weekend.
TV-PG
3:00pm
That Old Feeling
Blanche is visited by her brother in-law and is taken back by his resemblance to her deceased husband. She quickly finds herself falling in love with hopes of marriage.
TV-PG
3:30pm
Comedy of Errors
Dorothy finds a list of things that she wanted to accomplish before a certain age, but hasn't accomplished many of them. So she signs up to do a stand up routine at a nightclub. Meanwhile, Blanche finds herself battling the IRS.
TV-PG