I tried to count up Betty White’s accolades yesterday. It was tough, and not just because I’m terrible with numbers.

 

I lost my place countless times as I scrolled through the seemingly endless list, extending to a staggering 118 TV shows, 33 movies, 27 award wins and 57 nominations. The Golden Girl, it seems, had golden trophies piling up on every flat surface – and that’s before we even get started on her books, music videos, support for the LGBTQ+ community, animal advocacy and charity projects…

 

White’s accomplishments, then, were as sparkling as her oft-memified wit. And yet, should the headlines of countless media ‘tributes’ be believed, there is another number by which we should judge her life: zero. The number of biological children she had.  

 

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