Guinness World Records honors the actress for career longevity and the singer for album sales

By Tim Nudd
September 05, 2013 09:35 AM
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You already knew Betty White was one of the world’s greats. Now, it’s official!

The Hot in Cleveland actress, 91, has made the 2014 Guinness World Records book for her extraordinary career spanning 74 years in the industry – earning the record for “Longest TV Career for an Entertainer (Female).”

“I was astounded when [Guinness World Records] called to tell me. Who? Me!?! It’s such as honor,” White says in a statement.

“The book has always been fascinating to me. I can’t believe I’m now associated with it.”

The actress, who made her TV debut in 1939 and has starred on shows including The Golden Girls, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Carol Burnett Show, advises young actors to “do their homework and take the time to appreciate their profession. It is a privilege to do what we do.”

Among other entertainers honored by Guinness in the new edition of the records book: Taylor Swift (“First Solo Female with Two Million-Selling Weeks on the U.S. Albums Chart”), Rihanna (“Most ‘Liked’ Person on Facebook”), Justin Bieber (“Youngest Solo Artist to Have Five U.S. #1 Albums” and “First Musician with a Music Channel Viewed Three Billion Times”) and One Direction (“Most Twitter Followers for a Pop Group”).