‘Golden Girls’ Actor Betty White Tried to Explain Why People are ‘Fascinated’ with Her

by Joe Rutland
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Who in the world doesn’t love the “Golden Girls” actress Betty White? Well, she keeps just impressing people with her zest for life.

White, though, wondered what did people see in her during a 2012 interview with The Sydney [Australia] Morning Herald.

“People are so dear and so kind, but I think when I turned 90, it somehow fascinated people that I was still working,” White says. At the time of this interview, she was starring in the TV sitcom “Hot In Cleveland.”

“I’m very grateful that they still invite me to do things, but it comes as much as a surprise to me as it does to them,” she says. White is very much alive these days at 99 years old.

‘Golden Girls’ Star Has Outlived Rest Of Her Show’s Costars

The “Golden Girls” star is the last original cast member still alive from the popular NBC show. She played Rose on the sitcom that ran between 1985-92. Bea Arthur, who played Dorothy, died on April 25, 2009, at 86 years old. Rue McClanahan, who played Blanche, died on June 3, 2010, at 76 years old. Estelle Getty, who played Sophia, died on July 22, 2008, at 84 years old.

White’s career spans decades, though. Classic TV fans will know her from playing Sue Ann Nivens, “The Happy Homemaker,” on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in the 1970s. She also has been a game show favorite for years, appearing on shows like “To Tell the Truth,” “Match Game,” “The Hollywood Squares,” and “Password.”

Oh, for White any appearance on “Password” was special. She had the chance to be on along with her husband, Allen Ludden. Ludden, who was the show’s host, and White were married from 1963 until his death in 1981. White, who has been married three times, didn’t marry again after Ludden’s death.

TV Show Didn’t Portray Aging Characters Like Others In Past

The “Golden Girls” was a sitcom that would make a mockery of the topic of aging. The cast definitely didn’t mind talking about adult subjects like romance, something “old people” characters often did not do on shows.

“You don’t fall off the planet just because you pass a certain age,” White said in a 1991 interview with “The Today Show.”

“If you were a dull young person, you’re going to be a dull old person,” she says. “I don’t think just because the years go by, you have to be that way.”

White definitely doesn’t show up as a dull person. A number of years ago, she would make somewhat regular appearances on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” Take a look at this skit White stars with Carson in about the origins of Adam and Eve.