It's hard to imagine Hollywood without the iconic Betty White. The cheerful actress has been a fixture in the entertainment industry over the last seven decades, and despite being in her late 90s, she has no plans to retire anytime soon.
But what many people don't know about White is the fact that acting wasn't really her first choice when it came down to picking a career.
Just like many little girls, White dreamed of becoming a lot of things, including a singer.
"I took very serious singing lessons," she said. "My mind and heart were set on an operatic career. Unfortunately, my voice had no such plans. This didn’t deter me one total!"
When she realized she didn't have the voice of an angel, White decided to pursue writing. “I wrote the graduation play at Horace Mann Grammar School in Beverly Hills," explained White. "And, of course, as any red-blooded American girl would do, I wrote myself into the lead."
She received standing ovation at the end of the show, and she claims that "that's where the ham in me first showed."
Motivated by the success of her first play, White decided to try her luck in showbiz, but Hollywood didn't initially welcome her with open arms. It would take another couple of years of taking on unpaid roles, modelling, and reading commercials before she got her big break. She landed her own radio show and became the co-host of Hollywood on Television alongside Al Jarvis in the late 1940s.
In 1951, White received her first Emmy Award nomination for Best Actress on Television, and she has since starred in hundreds of television and film projects, and broke a number of world records.
Despite all her success, there was another, much different career path that White wanted to pursue well before she even started taking singing lessons.