“Betty White is an American institution,” said Bob Mauro, President, NATAS. “Betty's career as a female pioneer has followed television from literally the beginning of the medium, winning her first Emmy Award in 1952, to the digital-streaming future, winning again in 2010. She is one of the most beloved female performers in the history of television and the National Academy is proud to be honoring her with a most well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award.”
“Betty White is the 'First Lady of Game Shows,'” said Senior Vice President, Daytime, David Michaels. “Betty was the darling of Password, where she met the love of her life, Allen Ludden, and a favorite on Match Game, The $25,000 Pyramid, and countless others. She was the first woman to receive an Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host in 1983 for the show, Just Men. From her iconic dramatic turn as Ann Douglas on The Bold and the Beautiful, to her classic sitcom performances, to her movies and books, Betty is a woman who has excelled in everything she has ever done. She is also one of the nicest women in show business and we are proud to be bestowing this honor on such an exemplary role model for our entire industry.”
Ms. White will be joining an illustrious group of previous Lifetime Achievement Honorees including, Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Walters, Merv Griffin, Dick Clark, Bob Barker, Phil Donahue, Regis Philbin, Alex Trebek and many others.
Betty White Bio
Betty White has had a legendary career that has spanned more than 70 years. Along with her seven Emmy Awards, she has created unforgettable roles in television and film, authored eight books and won numerous awards, including those for her lifelong work for animal welfare.