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Betty White to Receive SAG Life Achievement Award

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The folks back in St. Olaf must be so proud.

The Screen Actors Guild announced today that Betty White will receive the guild's life achievement award at the 16th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 23. The honor is given annually to an actor who embodies "the finest ideals of the acting profession." SAG president Alan Rosenberg praised White's career, sense of humor and charitable work, particularly in the area of animal rights.

"Screen Actors Guild is honored to celebrate Betty White's extraordinary achievements over the course of an exemplary life," Rosenberg said.

White, 87, is best known for her performance as dimwitted widow Rose Nylund on the long-running NBC sitcom "The Golden Girls." In a career that spanned more than 60 years, she has been a long-time fixture television, with roles on programs from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" to "Boston Legal." She was a regular on the late-night circuit, appearing as a frequent guest and guest-host for Jack Paar, Merv Griffin and Johnny Carson. She also appeared often on gameshows such as "The Match Game," "To Tell the Truth" and "Password." She was most recently seen on the big screen in the romantic comedy "The Proposal," and is currently shooting the Disney feature "You Again."

White's career began in radio. Her first break into television came in 1949 when she joined the cast of Al Jarvis' KLAC variety show "Hollywood on Television." White later took over hosting duties for the show. She went on to create and star in a sitcom, "Life With Elizabeth" and a daily talk show, "The Betty White Show." She has been nominated for 18 Emmys and won six.

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