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Betty White built an entire career off of guest appearances

Can you think of another actor who built his/her career on nothing but guest appearances?

by Anonymousreply 2304/26/2013

What is your damage, OP?

by Anonymousreply 104/25/2013

Rip Taylor.

by Anonymousreply 204/25/2013


by Anonymousreply 304/25/2013

No, she didn't. She built her career in playing the lead in LIFE WITH ELIZABETH.

by Anonymousreply 404/25/2013

She was a regular on both MTM and GOLDEN GIRLS and GOLDEN PALACE and now HOT IN CLEVELAND You're nutsy-cuckoo, OP.

by Anonymousreply 504/25/2013

how dare you disparage Betty!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 604/25/2013

Oh Mary.

by Anonymousreply 704/25/2013

I would say she SUSTAINED her career doing game shows, guest spots, and talk shows. But she had her own lead show from the get-go, and has been a regular on subsequent shows, as R5 pointed out.

by Anonymousreply 804/25/2013

You do know OP that's she's not the next Hollywood IT girl don't you? Perhaps with her youthful hair-do you've failed to notice she's very, very, very old and been around a long time. Her career actually goes back further than 2009. Mind blowing isn't it?

Google is your friend OP.

by Anonymousreply 904/25/2013

Actually imdb is OP's friend.

by Anonymousreply 1004/25/2013

That douche, R10? Fuck him!

by Anonymousreply 1104/25/2013

Betty was only a semi-regular on MTM. Sue Ann Nivens made her debut in the first episode of the fourth season. She was in 46 out of 168 total episodes. She appeared in nearly half the shows in seasons four through seven.

by Anonymousreply 1204/25/2013

OP must be Off Their Rockers.

by Anonymousreply 1304/26/2013

OP, blow it out your Tubenburbles!

by Anonymousreply 1404/26/2013

Life with Elizabeth is some obscure show that is older than dust. Did it even last a season? MTM was MTM's show, Betty guest starred occasionally. Golden Girl's was Bea Arthur's show. Betty was a supporting character.

by Anonymousreply 1504/26/2013

Amy Aquino

by Anonymousreply 1604/26/2013

I believe the show was called The Golden Girls not One Golden Girl and a couple of Broads R15. Neither Betty or Rue were considered supporting characters, it was an ensemble even though Bea was the biggest star of the three when the show started. And even if you want to insist that Betty was only a supporting actress she certainly wasn't just making "guest" appearances as the title of this thread suggests.

Once again, give google or imdb a try.

by Anonymousreply 1704/26/2013

Don't forget Betty spent some time on stages during timeoff from the TV grind. She did Dolly and some others (King and I?) in places like Fresno and Sacramento in the 60s. She could still do the old bat in Pippin.

by Anonymousreply 1804/26/2013

[quote]She built her career in playing the lead in LIFE WITH ELIZABETH.

This pioneering show lasted several seasons and it broke new ground in television as having a female producer - unheard of up until that time. And that producer was Betty White. While that show was on the air, she also had a weekday afternoon variety/talk program "The Betty White Show" - five days a week. This all was in the first years of national television. At that time, she was so popular, she was awarded the title "Honorary Mayor of Hollywood."

by Anonymousreply 1904/26/2013


Totie Fields

Elaine Joyce

by Anonymousreply 2004/26/2013

Betty White became really famous when she made guest appearances on the TV game show Password, hosted by her real-life husband, Allen Ludden.

by Anonymousreply 2104/26/2013

Oh please. Edie McClurg owns this thread.

by Anonymousreply 2204/26/2013

R15 is just stubbornly trying to justify the stupidity of the original post. Betty White was a television pioneer, then had a co-starring role in MTM, starring roles in The Golden Girls and whatever that short-lived sequel was. She did continuing roles in Boston Legal, several other shows -- and has starred in several other series since.

by Anonymousreply 2304/26/2013
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