​Betty White World Record: Earns ‘Longest TV Career’ Record

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September 6, 2013

Betty White can add Guinness World Record holder to the list of many accomplishments to her name. The 91-year-old actress has earned the record for “Longest TV Career for an Entertainer (Female),” which spans 74 years of work in the industry.

White made her debut in 1939 and has since appeared on some of television’s most popular shows, including “The Golden Girls,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” and “The Carol Burnett Show.” She currently stars in TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland” and hosted two seasons of NBC’s hidden-camera show “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers,” which was recently canceled. She is also the oldest person to have hosted “Saturday Night Live” following a Facebook campaign to get her the gig.

“I was astounded when [Guinness World Records] called to tell me. Who? Me!?! It’s such as honor. The book has always been fascinating to me. I can’t believe I’m now associated with it,” White said of her appearance in the 2014 edition of the book, adding that acting hopefuls should “do their homework and take the time to appreciate their profession. It is a privilege to do what we do.”

AMC’s “Breaking Bad” also makes an appearance in the 2014 edition of Guinness World Records as the “Highest-Rated TV Series,” earning a metascore of 99 out of 100 on MetaCritic.com, which aggregates reviews from leading critics.

Taylor Swift earned her World Record for having “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” be the fasted-selling digital single of all time. It topped the iTunes chart within 50 minutes of its release. She also earned a title for being the first female solo artist to have two-million selling weeks on the US Billboard album chart. Meanwhile One Direction got a nod for “Live While We’re Young,” which was the highest debut by a UK group on the US Billboard singles chart.

Guinness World Records 2014 will be available in stores from September 12.