Betty White Left A Sizable Estate - And There Are Several Options For Its Future

Jan 12, 2022 by apost team

Betty White was one of the remaining legendary actors from the golden age of television. She was the queen of sitcoms and had been working in show business since 1939. She was best known for her roles in the hit sitcoms, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Golden Girls” and “Hot in Cleveland.” With her career spanning over 80 years, White has been recognized by the “Guiness Book of World Records” for having had the longest-running career in the film and television industry.

White received eight Emmy awards in multiple categories. She also won three American Comedy awards, three Screen Actor Guild awards and one Grammy. In 1985 she was inducted to the Television Hall of Fame and even has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. White’s accomplishments in her field really can’t be understated.

Outside of acting, White dedicated her life to advocating for animal health and welfare. She was a devoted pet enthusiast and had three dogs of her own. White worked with a number of animal organizations including the Los Angeles Zoo Commission, Actors and Others for Animals, African Wildlife Foundation and The Morris Animal Foundation.    

With such a spectacular life and prolific career, many people may be wondering what exactly White's net worth was when she sadly passed away. After all, she was one of the most famous and well-beloved stars not only of her own time but modern times as well. As with most famous people, she was worth millions but it may surprise you to see just how many. Her estimate made her one of the richest celebrities today. 

Betty White (circa 1955), (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

White began her career in 1939, right after she graduated from high school, when she sang songs for an experimental TV show. She then went on to get her first professional role in the Bliss Hayden Little Theater which is now known as the Beverly Hills Playhouse. Her career was put on hold due to WWII when she served in the American Women’s Voluntary Services

In 1949, White appeared as the co-host on the television series “Hollywood on Television.” By 1952, she was the main host of the show following the departure of Al Jarvis. In 1951 she was nominated for Best Actress at the Emmy Awards. This was the first category made to include women in the television industry. She would win the award the following year for playing the title role in the show “Life with Elizabeth.” 

In 1954, White hosted and produced her own variety show called “The Betty White Show” on NBC. She had creative control over the series, making her one of the first women to succeed both in front of and behind the camera. 

One of White’s most famous roles came in 1973 when she played Sue Ann Nivens on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” She came in during the show’s fourth season and impressed audiences with her comedic timing and ability to portray a character so different from her real personality. She won the Emmy Award for Best Actress twice for the role. 

She continued her trailblazing career with main roles in shows such as "The Golden Girls," "The Bold and the Beautiful," "Hot in Cleveland" and movies such as "The Proposal" and "Toy Story 4."

Betty White, Allen Ludden (1981), (Frank Edwards/Fotos International/Getty Images)

White had been living by herself for a long time before she passed. After her third husband, Allen Ludden, with whom she was for 20 years, passed away in 1981, she did not remarry. She had three stepchildren from her marriage to Ludden whom she helped to raise and has been a doting mother to, according to Closer Weekly.  

After her husband passed, White devoted most of her free time to her work with animals. "Well, I'm the luckiest old broad on two feet, because my life is divided in exact halves. Half my animal work, half my show business work. I have to stay in show business to pay for my animal work," she told Female. White wrote multiple books on animal welfare over the course of her life. 

White lived her last years in Carmel Meadows, which is part of the wealthy community of Carmel Highlands. The community is located in a secluded and unincorporated part of Monterey County, California. The area is known for its rugged and hilly terrain as well as its jaw-dropping views of the ocean. White was in good company, as the neighborhood is also home to Clint Eastwood and Sammy Hagar, according to Mansion Global

With such an incredible array of movies and television shows to her name, White accumulated a significant earning over the years. With a net worth of a whopping $75 million at the point of her passing, White was one of the richest celebrities today, according to Yahoo Finance

However, what will happen to her fortune has so far not reached the public. While it stands to reason that her three stepchildren will inherit some of it, White's charity and animal welfare work make it plausible that several charities will also receive a sizable portion of it.

Betty White (2012), (Noel Vasquez/Getty Images/Extra)

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