Betty White has been in the entertainment world for over 80 years starting in 1939. She’s known for her roles in shows like “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Golden Girls,” and “Hot in Cleveland.”
She has eight Emmy Awards for her contributions to television.
While she is well-known for her career in television and film acting, White also had her very won production company.
Betty White Production Company
Betty White’s first sitcom show was “Life with Elizabeth.” She starred in it alongside Del Moore as her husband, Alvin. It was on television from 1953 to 1955.
It was an extremely low-budget show. In fact, White and Moore were both on staff at the local Los Angeles TV station. This is where she received her very first Primetime Emmy Award.
George Tibbles was the writer of the show. Bandy Productions produced the show. This is a production company that was formed with Betty White, George Tibbles, and executive producer Don Fedderson. They used characters from “Hollywood on Television” sketches.
Betty White talked about her time on “Life with Elizabeth” as well as her experience with Fedderson and Tibbles running a production company in a Television Academy interview.
“George would pick me up to go to the studio and we would sort of ad-lib what we were gonna do,” White said.
White said there were very few workers, or “talent,” working in the production company. She said she made lifelong friends out of Tibbles and Fedderson. White, Moore, and Tibbles all used their real-life experiences to bring the characters to life on the show. At the time, Betty White was just a 28-year-old still living with her parents, but this would prove to be a landmark part of her career.
White’s Love for Animals
According to Insider, the production company was actually named after her Pekingese named Bandit. She had close to 20 dogs while she was growing up.
Betty White has long talked about her devotion to animals. It is perhaps her biggest passion outside of acting (or maybe vodka and hot dogs). She has had a number of pet-themed shows or specials, but she’s also done a lot of charity work during her life.
“I’m the luckiest person in the world — my life is divided in absolute half: half animals, half show business,” White said, according to Biography.com.
In the 1960s she began working with the Los Angeles Zoo. She is a board member of the zoo and has helped create new chimpanzee, orangutan, and gorilla exhibits over the years.
In addition, she also has worked with the Morris Animal Foundation since the ’70s. This foundation helps advance animal health through scientific research. She also works with Los Angeles ASPCA and a guide dog school, The Seeing Eye.
Betty White is even an honorary forest ranger, according to the Forest Service. From childhood love to a lifelong mission, White has spent decades helping all kinds of animals.