Betty White in Chicago for Four-Legged Friends; Wins An Emmy for "SNL"

Actress/comedienne Betty White was in Chicago this past week to support her four-legged friends. Well-known for her work as an animal rights activist, she made an appearance at the Bravehearts Therapeutic Riding and Educational Center. She sponsors one of their horses, as well as their Equine Therapy Program.

Last weekend, White also garnered a Creative Arts Emmy Award for her stint as the host of “Saturday Night Live” this past May. Originally, producers didn’t want her to host, thinking she was too old. A subsequent Facebook campaign ultimately landed her the appearance, which brought in the highest ratings for the show in 18 months.

The actress, who began her show business career in 1940, is best known for her roles in the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” and the Golden Girls.” Over the years she’s received numerous awards and accolades.  White is also the acclaimed author of five books. Born in Oak Park, a suburb of Chicago, in 1922, she is the daughter of the late Tess Cachikis and Horace White.