Betty White found gold on the small screen, smiling all the way. Along with upending expectations

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Chicago Tribune

Betty White: Now that was a career. And that was a pro, adored by millions who appreciated comic skill and the ability to get the last laugh. The Oak Park, Illinois, native, who died Dec. 31 just weeks before her 100th birthday, was the daughter of a homemaker and a lighting company executive. She became a Californian when she was just a year old, after the family’s move to Alhambra, California, a few miles from downtown Los Angeles. She worked in radio — first in 1930, at age 8! — and would seek out radio gigs as she grew older, having already been dismissed as “unphotogenic” by Hollywood cas…

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