Betty White

Celebrate the First Lady of Television Aug. 21 on WILL-TV

Betty White backstage of “The Betty White Show.”

Betty White enjoying an off-camera moment on an early version of “The Betty White Show.”

Courtesy of Pioneers of Television Archives

Betty White: First Lady of Television is a warm look at the life and career of the beloved television and film legend who celebrates 80 years in show business this year — officially the longest career in the history of TV.

Lauded for her roles as the bawdy Sue Ann on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” the innocent Rose on “The Golden Girls” and her more recent role as the worldly Elka on “Hot in Cleveland,” Betty White is also an industry pioneer. She was the first woman to produce a national TV show, the first woman to star in a sitcom, the first producer to hire a female director, and the first woman to receive an Emmy nomination.

Watch Betty White: First Lady of Television at 7 pm Aug. 21 on WILL-TV.

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