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Celebrate Betty White's 98th Birthday with Her Amazing Life and Career in Pictures

People Logo By Kate Hogan of People | Slide 1 of 14: Born Betty Marion White on Jan. 17, 1922, to Tess Curtis and Horace Lawrence White, the future icon's family left their Oak Park, Illinois, hometown during the Great Depression, relocating to Los Angeles. The acting bug caught her early on — White scored the lead in her high school play before graduating from Beverly Hills High School in 1940.

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Born Betty Marion White on Jan. 17, 1922, to Tess Curtis and Horace Lawrence White, the future icon's family left their Oak Park, Illinois, hometown during the Great Depression, relocating to Los Angeles. The acting bug caught her early on — White scored the lead in her high school play before graduating from Beverly Hills High School in 1940.

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