"Life does not come equipped with an instruction manual, and neither does death. We had worked together on and off during almost eighteen years of marriage, but in our private life we were always very much a team. As well as lovers, we were each other's critic, editor, fan and friend. While we had had two long years to get used to the idea, when he died I was shattered. My first instinct was to crawl away somewhere to mourn in private, and to some extent, I suppose I did. But there were two other gentlemen in my life, my dogs, Timmy, a coal black miniature poodle, and Sooner, a Labrador golden retriever mix. They missed him, too, but were not about to let me just wither away." Hospice Thousand Oaks
The above quote was written twenty nine years ago by a woman who had just lost her husband of eighteen years. And, would you believe she’s still working today at age 88! She has a “password” because her husband was Allen Ludden, host of the 1960s popular game show Password, and she is Betty White. Together with many other positive qualities, I think one can guess Betty White’s “password” and there’s a good chance the word is “strength.”
Recent accolades include winning her eighth Emmy for being the oldest guest host of Saturday Night Live, and the star of this year’s talked about Snickers commercial on the Super Bowl broadcast where she played football.
One has to give credit to the actress, comedian and game show host who continues to be active, engaged in life and productive when, one might assume, she does not need the money. Lessons are to be learned from her courageous rebound from her husband’s battle with cancer and ultimate passing, and the obvious zest for life that keeps her going.
The late entertainment personality, Art Linkletter1, spoke about Betty caring for Allen Ludden during his illness: "No one really knew that it was Betty who cared for him. She described his ordeal, and her own, as a book in itself. 'You just put one foot in front of the other and live moment to moment.'" Hospice Ventura County
Betty White’s long career includes her television roles as Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rose Nylun on The Golden Girls. As of 2010[update], she stars as Elka Ostrovsky in the TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland. White has won six Primetime Emmy awards and one Daytime Emmy award and received 20 Emmy nominations over the course of her career, including being the first woman ever to receive an Emmy for game show hosting (for the short-lived Just Men!)
She made regular appearances on the game show Password, where she met her late husband, host Allen Ludden, and the Match Game and played recurring roles on Mama’s Family and Boston Legal, and The Bold and the Beautiful. She is also recognized for her affiliation with animal charities such as Actors and Others for Animals and the Morris Animal Foundation.
Perhaps her best performance of all is her real life role as a model for everyone out there who might think of age as a restriction. Keep it comin’, Betty! Hospice Simi Valley
1 Source: Art Linkletter. Old Age Is Not For Sissies: Choices for Senior Americans.
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