Here's A Look Back At Golden Girl Betty White's Iconic Career

White died Friday at the age of 99. While best known for her role on The Golden Girls, her career went on for decades after.

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Betty White at the media preview for the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association's Beastly Ball fundraiser on June 11, 2015

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Betty White's smile came naturally. So did her quizzical expression and unaffected facial gestures. White was the Cinderella girl next door on NBC's coast-to-coast TV show — chatting, singing, and always friendly.

Betty lying on a bed with a dog
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White and her dog, Stormy, at home in 1954

Smiling Betty
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Betty White starring in her 1954 television series, The Betty White Show

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White looks over her shoulder in a canvas chair with her name on the back in 1956.

Betty on a boat, standing by the sail
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"Betty White & Bill Williams Sailing Date" — an episode of TV sitcom Date With the Angels — aired on Sept. 6, 1957.

Betty and Bill smiling and embracing in a living room
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Betty White with Bill Williams in a different episode of Date With the Angels — "Cousin Herbie" — which aired on Dec. 20, 1957

James and Jack kiss smiling Betty in the center on the cheek
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From left: Director James V. Kern, White, and guest star Jack Carson on the set of "Cousin Herbie"

Smiling Betty with dimples
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In 1969, White hosting the 80th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California

Smiling Betty and Allen embrace
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White and Allen Ludden pose together on Feb. 14, 1972. Ludden proposed twice before White, whom he met on the game show Password, accepted. Their romance blossomed and they remained together until Ludden's death. White never remarried.

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Mary Tyler Moore and her weekly comedy series won five Emmy Awards on May 17, 1976 — topping all other shows for that season. From left: Show regulars Edward Asner, White, Moore, and Ted Knight. White was known for her role as Sue Ann Nivens on the show.

Scantily clad Johnny and Betty smile as Tommy looks on
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Johnny Carson plays Adam, White plays Eve, and bandleader Tommy Newsom plays the devil — as the first lawyer — during an Adam and Eve–themed skit on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on Feb. 8, 1979.

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White being interviewed by David Letterman on March 26, 1979

Betty and Richard sitting together and looking at each other
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White and Richard Mulligan in the "Rambo of Neiman Marcus" episode of the sitcom Empty Nest, which aired on Nov. 11, 1989

The Golden Girls sitting around a kitchen table
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The cast of The Golden Girls. From left: Estelle Getty as Sophia Petrillo, Bea Arthur as Dorothy Zbornak, Rue McClanahan as Blanche Devereaux, and White as Rose Nylund.

White, Arthur, and McClanahan hold up copies of the book
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White, Arthur, and McClanahan pose during Golden Girls: The Complete Third Season book signing at Barnes & Noble in New York City on Nov. 22, 2005.

Smiling Lorne and Betty hold up balloons saying "Thanksgiving" and "Parade"
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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade hosts Lorne Greene and White circa late 1960s/early 1970s

Smiling Betty holds up an award
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White poses at the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Jan. 23, 2010.

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Thomas Tidwell (left) and Hank Kashdan (right) of the US Forest Service pose for a photo with White, who was named an honorary forest ranger at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, on Nov. 9, 2010.

Smiling Betty holds a copy of the book
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White attends a signing for her book If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won't) at Costco Wholesale in Marina del Rey, California, on May 14, 2011.

Betty onstage wearing a gown and standing in a line with many tuxedoed younger men
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A scene from the TV special Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl on Jan. 8, 2012

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White accepts the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for the sitcom Hot in Cleveland at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Jan. 29, 2012.

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White poses with her statue at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences on May 10, 2012, in North Hollywood.

Betty smiles at a bare-chested man wearing a kitchen apron and holding a plate of eggs sunny side up
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A scene from the "Betty's House" episode of Betty White's Off Their Rockers

Smiling Betty holds a parrot
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White attends the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association's Beastly Ball on June 14, 2014.

The smiling cast stands in front of a table with a two-tiered birthday cake
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From left: Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick, White, and Jane Leeves mark White's 93rd birthday on the set of Hot in Cleveland on Jan. 16, 2015, in Los Angeles.

The cast, including smiling Betty holding a bouquet of flowers, at a couch
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From the "Young & Vegas Baby" episode of the sitcom Young & Hungry, which aired on May 8, 2017

Betty at the podium with a large bouquet of flowers
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White speaks during the 41st People's Choice Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Jan. 7, 2015.