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Happy 89th Birthday, Betty White!

January 17th, 2011 9:34am EST

Betty WhiteVeteran actress Betty White celebrates the beginning of her last year as an octogenarian today  - the beloved funnywoman turns 89.
 
The Emmy award-winning star rose to fame hosting her own radio shows before moving into TV with hit programs including "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "The Golden Girls."
 
Recently she's enjoyed a career revival, appearing in "The Proposal" alongside Sandra Bullock in 2009 and hosting comedy favorite "Saturday Night Live" last year after a Facebook campaign by fans.
 
To celebrate White's birthday and as a toast to her return to success, WENN has compiled 10 fascinating facts about the star who keeps on shining:
 
-    White moved to Los Angeles when she was two years old during America's Great Depression.
 
-    She attended the Horace Mann School - the same high school as Angelina Jolie, Nicolas Cage, Lenny Kravitz and David Schwimmer.
 
-    The actress is of German and Greek ancestry.
 
-    In 1955 White was made the honorary mayor of Hollywood.
 
-    When Rue McCLanahan died last summer, she became the last surviving member of the four "The Golden Girls."
 
-    The veteran star admitted to having cosmetic surgery before starring in 1985's "The Golden Girls," despite the show being about growing old.
 
-    She is an avid animal welfare activist and works with a number of organizations.
 
-    In November, the USDA Forest Service, along with Smokey Bear, made her an honorary forest ranger - one of her lifelong ambitions.
 
-    White received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1988 - placed next to the star bearing the name of her late husband, Allen Ludden.
 
-    She has guest starred on shows including "Ally McBeal," "That '70s Show," "Joey," "My Name Is Earl" and "Malcolm in the Middle."

Betty White

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