Betty White’s 74-year TV career earns her place in Guinness World Records book

Brand new category invented for 'Golden Girls' star: 'Longest TV Career For An Entertainer (Female)'

Betty White‘s 74-year TV career has been recognised in the latest Guinness World Records book.

In the 2014 edition, published this month (September), a brand new category has been invented for the Golden Girls actress: “Longest TV Career For An Entertainer (Female)”. The TV career-length category was previously non-gender-specific, but now recognises a male entertainer – Bruce Forsyth, also 74 years into his career – and a female entertainer, White.

“I was astounded when [Guinness World Records] called to tell me,” White, 91, said. “Who? Me!?! It’s such an honour. The book has always been fascinating to me. I can’t believe I’m now associated with it.”

White made her first TV appearance in 1939 three months after she graduated from high school and landed her own sitcom, Life With Elizabeth, in the ’50s. She later played man-eater Sue Ann Nivens in classic ’70s sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show before appearing as Rose Nylund in all 180 episodes of The Golden Girls, which ran from 1985 to 1992.

She currently appears in another female ensemble sitcom, Hot In Cleveland, and in 2010 became the oldest person ever to host an episode of Saturday Night Live, a guest spot which earned White her sixth Emmy award. In 2011, she even picked up a Grammy for her spoken word recording of memoir If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t).