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Is Betty White alive? Fans confused after death of Cloris Leachman

Iram Sharifah Khan January 28, 2021
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Is Betty White still alive? After hearing the news that actress Cloris Leachman passed away, aged 94, some fans seem to have got her mixed up with Leachman’s fellow actress and longtime friend, Betty White. You’ll be happy to know Betty White is alive and kicking – here’s what the “first lady of television” has been up to lately.

Betty White is alive and kicking

We can confirm Betty White is alive and well! The TV icon celebrated her 99th birthday just over a week ago, on 17 January.

The reason people are wondering if she is still alive, however, is because of the news of actress Cloris Leachman’s passing.

Leachman, who was a close and personal friend of White’s, passed away from natural diseases yesterday, 27 January 2021, at the age of 94. She was 5 years Betty’s junior.

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On her birthday, 17 January, Betty White posted on Instagram remembering work she did on Pet Set – a TV series she created and presented in the 1970s, where celebrities were be invited to appear with their pets.

What is Betty White’s net worth?

Over the course of a TV and film career spanning nearly 80 years, she has accumulated a decent sum. Ib times have estimated Betty White’s net worth to be around $75 million.

Does she have any children?

Betty White has been married three times, with her first two marriages being short lived.

Her first marriage, to Dick Barker, when she was just 23 lasted less than a year. Her second marriage, to Lane Allen, lasted 2 years, between 1947-1949. Finally, Betty White’s third marriage was to Allen Ludden, whom she married at the age of 41, in 1963.

Betty and Allen Ludden were married for 18 years, until Ludden passed away from stomach cancer, in 1981.

Betty White doesn’t have any children of her own, but she did become the stepmother to Ludden’s children, David, Sarah and Martha. Their biological mother had passed away, also from cancer, so Betty raised them as her own children.

What was she up to in 2020?

Betty White has had a career on screen since the late 1940s and is best known for her role in 1985’s Golden Girls 1985, for which she received an Emmy Award. She hold the Guinness world record for “longest TV career for an entertainer (female).”

And in 2020, she took up a voice acting role in Toy Story 4 as Bitey White. The character is a toy tiger who was named after White and specifically required the actress’s voice to bring it to life.

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Iram is a London-based freelance journalist with a BA in Journalism and Media from Birkbeck University. She studied several modules, including Journalism in British Life, Interview skills and Feature Writing, Introduction to Journalism Practice and Manga and Anime. Iram went from university to work with GRV Media at The Focus Writers’ Academy and enjoys learning Japanese, taking singing lessons, playing video games and watching Korean dramas in her spare time.