Betty White

White in 1989, Creative Commons License photo credit: Alan Light

Birth Name: Betty Marion White

Place of Birth: Oak Park, Cook, Illinois, United States

Date of Birth: January 17, 1922

*50% British Isles [English, and some Welsh]
*25% Danish
*25% Greek

Betty White is an American actress, animal rights activist, author, television personality, comedian, singer, and radio host. She is famous for her roles as Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls and Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. She has joked that she is often cast as a Norwegian woman from Minnesota.

Betty is the daughter of Tess Christine (Cachikis) and Horace Lawrence White. Her father was of half Danish and half English descent. Her mother was of half Greek and half English and Welsh ancestry. She was born in Oak Park and later raised in Alhambra, California, and Los Angeles.

Betty was married to television personality, emcee, and game show host Allen Ludden, until his death.

Betty’s paternal grandfather was named Christopher/Christen Hans Christian White (the son of Lars/Christen White). Christopher was born in Denmark.

Betty’s paternal grandmother was Etta/Ettie K./R. Lundy/Lunde (the daughter of Horace Dean Lundy and Catherine Ann Harris). Etta was born in Canada. Horace was the son of Enos H. Lundy and Margaret Bostwick. Catherine was the daughter of British parents, Thomas Harris and Ann.

Betty’s maternal grandfather was named Nicholas/Nickolas Cachikis. Nicholas was born in Greece.

Betty’s maternal grandmother was Margaret Hobbs (the daughter of Thomas Valiant Hobbs and Margaret/Margarett Hughes). Betty’s grandmother Margaret was born in Wingham, Huron, Ontario, Canada, to an English father and a Welsh mother. Thomas was the son of James Hobbs and Frances Mary Jones. Betty’s great-grandmother Margaret was the daughter of Richard Hughes.

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6 Responses

  1. Adamina says:

    She aged gracefully. Something very rare in Hollywood and getting rarer everyday

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