Betty White, 'Breaking Bad' earn 'Guinness World Records' titles

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Betty White gets booked!

Betty White has had a career for the record books, and finally, it’s getting officially acknowledged: The 2014 edition of the "Guinness World Records" book will now list the 91-year-old comedian and actress as the record-holder for Longest TV Career for an Entertainer (Female).

“I was astounded when they called to tell me,” she told Guinness in an interview. “’Who? Me!?!’ It’s such an honor.”

Guinness says the record is attributed to her 74 years of work in the industry, from her 1939 debut to the present day. White is known for appearing in such legendary shows as “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Golden Girls,” and in recent years has had a resurgence in popularity with her series “Hot in Cleveland.”

She said that if she could have had any other profession aside from acting, she’d have picked "zookeeper." But, she added, "I have no regrets at all. None. I consider myself to be the luckiest old broad on two feet."

White was in good company among other record holders from the world of pop culture this year; AMC's "Breaking Bad" will be listed in the new "Guinness" as the Highest-Rated TV Series, thanks to a metascore of 99 out of 100 on MetaCritic.com.

Taylor Swift earned the Fastest-Selling Digital Single record for "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," which hit No. 1 on the iTunes singles sales chart less than an hour after it was released in Aug. 2012. She has another record for being the First Solo Female With Two Million-Selling Weeks on the U.S. Album Charts.

One Direction also earned two records: One for Highest Debut by a U.K. Band on the U.S. Singles Chart (with "Live While We're Young") and one for Most Twitter Followers for a Pop Group (14.9 million when last checked).

Rihanna scored a record for Most Liked Person on Facebook (75+ million at press time); Justin Bieber earned records for Youngest Solo Artist to Have Five U.S. No. 1 Albums Before His 19th Birthday and First Musician With a Music Channel Viewed 3 Billion Times. PSY earned a record for Most Viewed Video Online in 24 Hours for "Gentleman." "Gangnam Style" has Most Liked Video Online with over 7.5 million "likes."

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    From her early days in Hollywood to roles on "Mary Tyler Moore" and "The Golden Girls" to her resurgence of fame at 90, the actress is beloved by many.

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    At 90, Betty White is more popular than ever. Here she poses with a bust of her likeness at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood, Calif. on May 10, 2012.

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    "Hot in Cleveland" castmares Wendie Malick, White and Jane Leeves present the award for outstanding comedy series to ABC's "Modern Family" at the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on April 21, 2012.

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    White voices the character Grammy Norma in the 2012 animated comedy "The Lorax," based on the famed Dr. Seuss book.

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    White is shown here before the taping of "Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute To America's Golden Girl" which aired on NBC in January 2012.

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    White reacts as she and cast members Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves and Valerie Bertinelli accept the Favorite Cable TV Comedy award for their TV series, "Hot in Cleveland," at the 2012 People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 11, 2012.

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    White signs copies of her new book "Betty & Friends: My Life at the Zoo" in 2011. The lifelong animal lover wrote about the animals she visits at the Los Angeles Zoo.

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    In 2010, White joined Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon for the "Delicious Dish" sketch on "Saturday Night Live," unafraid to joke about her "muffin."

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    White got up close and personal with Muppet Elmo on TODAY in 2010.

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    Actresses Sandra Bullock and and White joke around during during the 2010 Teen Choice Awards.

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    What a life -

    White poses with the Life Achievement Award she won at the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2010.

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    Betty White visits "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" at Rockefeller Center in New York on Nov. 28, 2011.

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    In "The Golden Girls," which ran from 1985 to 1992, White starred with Rue McClanahan, Bea Arthur and Estelle Getty as four older women who share a home in Miami.

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    White places her hand on the star that was presented posthumously to her husband, Allen Ludden, on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles in 1988. White's own star is right next to Ludden's.

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    "The Golden Girls" introduced White to a new generation of fans.

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    Four friends -

    White outlived all of her "Golden Girls" companions -- Estelle Getty died in 2008, Bea Arthur in 2009 and Rue McClanahan in 2010

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    Queens of comedy -

    White and fellow comedian Lucille Ball pose in 1987.

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    White plays Jane to Johnny Carson's Tarzan in a "Tonight Show" sketch on Aug. 14, 1981.

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    Comedy with Carol -

    In 1978, White joined Tim Conway, Vicki Lawrence, Steve Martin and Carol Burnett on "The Carol Burnett Show."

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    White leans against Sultan, a 300-pound Bengal tiger, in 1979. She was working to help plan that year's Morris Animal Foundation Annual Health Conference and luncheon.

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    You're gonna make it after all -

    Before "The Golden Girls," White's biggest role was as Happy Homemaker Sue Ann Nivens on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." The man-hungry Nivens hosted a cooking and decorating show, and included such topics as "What's all this fuss about famine?" and "A salute to fruit." She's seen here with Moore in 1975.

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    White and husband Allen Ludden are seen at an International Broadcasting Awards dinner tribute to Mary Tyler Moore on March 19, 1974. Ludden was her third husband and they were married until his death from cancer in 1981. They had no children.

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    White and Ludden play the game show he hosted, "Password," with an unidentified guest in 1967.

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    White and Lorne Greene host the 1966 Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.

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    Where 'Angels' go -

    In 1957, White played newlywed Vicki Angel in "Date With the Angels." The show lasted just one season, and White later said, "I can honestly say that was the only time I have ever wanted to get out of a show."

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    White hits a high note with a canine pal in 1957.

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    Home sweet home -

    White in her backyard garden in 1956.

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    A stylish White dons a veiled hat in 1955.

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    White began her career in television shortly after graduating high school in 1939, and had her own radio show in the 1940s. In 1952, she began hosting "Hollywood on Television." As of 2012, she has won seven Emmys and been nominated 20 times.

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