Young Betty White paved the way for herself long before the success of Golden Girls. Turning 97 years young on January 17, 2018, the eight-time Emmy winner has appeared in countless TV shows and movies. Her career has spanned more than seven decades, and the pint-sized powerhouse shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. But things weren’t always easy for the legendary actress, especially early on in her career.
Young Betty White: The Beginning of a Legacy
Betty White first discovered her love of acting in high school. A resident of southern California, she began to visit movie studios in the hopes of landing promising roles. But in her early 20s, she got turned down again and again. Why? As Betty White revealed to Parade magazine, the rejections had to do with her being “unphotogenic.” (We bet some of those casting directors seriously needed to get their eyes checked.)
In true Betty White fashion, though, she didn’t abandon her dream. “You just keep plugging away,” she told Parade. “You don’t give up.” Before long, she was living out her dream on screen in TV shows like Life With Elizabeth and Date With the Angels. Since then, her list of appearances and accolades has grown. It’s hard for anyone — even some die-hard fans of the star — to keep track of every single moment in which Betty White has stolen the show.
That’s why we think it’s worthwhile to take a look back at some pictures of young Betty White to remember how far she’s come as an actress and a legendary performer. It goes without saying that Hollywood would not be the same without her, though she didn’t just appear out of nowhere. She worked hard and long to get to where she is today — and her talent and ability to entertain has never ceased. As for the cherry on top, we think this Betty White quote explains it best: “I may be a senior, but so what? I’m still hot.” Yes you are, Betty — and you always were!
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Betty White Young Pinup
Young Betty White Posing for the Camera
In this glamorous photo for Date With the Angels, Betty White looks every bit the gorgeous pinup star. Just look at the lovely nautical outfit she's wearing and the fabulous dark curls she's donning at the top of her head. Even though this is a clearly posed snapshot for a show, we can't help but feel like she looks like a woman on a mission — which she clearly turned out to be later on in her illustrious career. As we all now know, Betty White is so much more than just a pretty face.
Betty White Younger Days
Young Betty White Soaking Up the Sun
Even Betty White needs a healthy dose of vitamin D after a long time spent in the studio. Considering how hard she's worked all her life, it's so nice to see that White has had a few moments of rest and relaxation in between. Everyone deserves some time to soak up the sun, and it's great to know that the legendary actress enjoys a nice warm day like the rest of us. All we have to say is that we wish we looked just as glamorous as this while hanging out in our own backyards!
Betty White Young Pictures
Young Betty White Flaunting Old Hollywood Glamour
Is it just us, or does this look like a photo that could go both on the wall and on a fancy vintage stamp? We absolutely love the curls that a young Betty White is rocking here, as well as her fabulous makeup. Even though this photo is in black and white, we can definitely tell how much work went into getting those lips and eyebrows absolutely perfect for the snapshot, not to mention the fact that we can't spy a single hair that looks out of place. Simply fabulous — if only more photo shoots like this one happened today with up-and-coming stars!
Betty White Young Actress
Young Betty White Looking Pretty in Pink
At any age, Betty White has boasted the talent of looking absolutely stunning in just about every color. From blue to white to green, we're sure the lively superstar has rocked every shade of the rainbow and more thus far in her career. But we have to say that young Betty White looks particularly splendid in this gorgeous pink color. It's so eye-catching that you can barely tell that the background around her is almost entirely blank. It's no wonder this beautiful actress has always commanded the attention of the spotlight wherever she goes — and has continued to do so today.
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Young Betty White Relaxing at Home
It's nice to know that Betty White has enjoyed the few moments she has to rest on the couch at home. We also have to say that we adore the sheer amount of 1950s glamour present in this picture. From the furniture to the fashion, we can't get enough of all the vintage charm — and we wouldn't expect any less from the beloved star as she finally began to follow her dreams of being an actress. And we bet she didn't spill a single thing on that gorgeous white dress along the way.
Betty White As A Young Woman
Young Betty White With Her Precious Pup
Anyone who knows anything about Betty White knows that she's a huge animal lover. In fact, her passion for animal welfare has even caused her to turn down a script and acting role in which she felt an animal was being treated poorly, according to The Smithsonian. So, it's no surprise that some of the best photos of young Betty White are ones where she's posing with her own beloved pets. This adorable 1950s snapshot of the actress with her late dog Stormy is just one (completely adorable) example. Just look at those winning smiles!
Betty White Before
Young Betty White Showing Off Accessories
Anyone who's a fan of Betty White knows that she's always had an incredible sense of style. However, less attention has been given to her skill in pairing outfits with accessories. Considering how gorgeous her necklace looks next to her outfit in this 1950s glamour shot, we think that's a darn shame. The subtle and elegant bracelet elevates Betty White's fashion sense even further in this picture. And of course, we can't ignore her signature curls or fabulous lipstick — it's all the little details that come together to make this image truly one for the books!
Betty White Young Photo
Young Betty White (Probably) Planning for Her Bright Future
Admittedly, we have no idea exactly what the brilliant star was thinking about when this picture was taken, but we think we have a pretty good guess! As always, she looks like a woman with a dream in mind who is determined to follow that dream wherever it takes her. Although she's had some tough times along the way, she has always persevered through them and has seen great success as a result — both professional and personal. As she told Guinness World Records back in 2013: "I have no regrets at all. None. I consider myself to be the luckiest old broad on two feet." Well said, Betty!