Betty White was born in Oak Park, Illinois and grew up in Los Angeles, California.
White is a member of the Unity Church according to numerous sources, though I can’t find anything with her actually talking about it. Nevertheless, it’s an interesting and very liberal branch of Christianity that doesn’t take the Bible literally and takes a more pantheistic view of God, but keeps it’s theology rather open so members can still feel welcome even with a wide range of beliefs. The Unity Church promotes a positive, affirmative view of Christianity and encourages personal relationships over hierarchical social structures. It’s like all the happy things about Christianity without all the guilt and dogma.
But for the most part, White isn’t keen on discussing religion.
First of all, did you know Betty White was the mayor of Los Angeles? Alright, it was an honorary award, but I had you there.
White is a serious Democrat from the old school. Her endorsements include Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Adlai Stevenson, John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. As Obama was gearing up for re-election in 2012, White said:
I very, very much favor Barack Obama in the election. I like what Obama has done and how he represents us.
Plus, her lifetime campaign contribution total of $15,500 has gone exclusively to Democrats and Democrat political organizations.
But it doesn’t stop there. White, who is pushing 100 years old, is considered a liberal today. What do you think they called her in, like, the 40s? She supports gay marriage, for one, saying:
I don’t care who anybody sleeps with. If a couple has been together all that time–and there are gay relationships that are more solid than some heterosexual ones–I think it’s fine if they want to get married. I don’t know how people can get so anti-something… Mind your own business, take care of your affairs, and don’t worry about other people so much.
Plus, her animal rights activism borders on obsession (refer to the “Ethical Veganism” mentioned above). Her animal organization support extends–to name a few–to the Los Angeles Zoo Commission, the Morris Animal Foundation, and Actors & Others for Animals.
She’s a passionate old lady, for sure.