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Who Is America's Grandmother in 2019?  

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You know how there are occasionally those lovable older female celebrities who give off that warm, fuzzy grandma vibe? Here you’ll have a chance to decide which popular older female celebrities are the most loved of all by casting your votes for who is America's grandmother in 2019. You’ll have the chance to look through a selection of the sweetest ladies over 70 and pick the ones that give you the most grandma-envy. They're the women who you feel like you could run to for advice or a hug - and maybe even when you need someone to back you up in the way only a grandma can.

These popular actresses, singers, and celebs offer a range of Nana possibilities with their talent, warmth, and all-around cool vibes, but Who is the most beloved of them all? Help us decide as you scroll through a list of handy pros and cons for each that will help you cast your vote for who should be America's grandma in 2019.

Betty White is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Is America's Grandmother in 2019?
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Why She's The Best:

  • Have you seen her? She's adorable!
  • She's also hilarious, what's better than a grandma that keeps the smiles coming?
  • She's literally older than sliced bread and will quite possibly outlive you and your children.
  • She's just so kind tho. 

Maybe Not Grandma Material:

  • She's got a feisty streak, you never know what she'll be up to.
  • Everyone loves her. Everyone. No one would ever side with you on an argument with her, ever.

Betty White Ludden, known professionally as Betty White, is an American actress, comedienne, author, producer, radio host, singer, and television personality. In 2013, the Guinness World Records awarded White with having the longest television career for a female entertainer. To contemporary audiences, White is best known for her roles as Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls. The Writers Guild of America has included both sitcoms in its list of the 101 Best Written TV Series Of All Time. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 97

Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, USA

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Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Is America's Grandmother in 2019?
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Why She's The Best:

  • She was Mary freakin' Poppins, how much more warm and nurturing can you get?
  • She's got an amazing voice! Having a bad day? Just call her and ask her to sing. 
  • That beautiful British accent tho. You'd be begging her to read you stories well into adulthood. 
  • She's still super classy and definitely worthy of seeking fashion advice from. 

Maybe Not Grandma Material:

  • She started supporting her family very young. She will hear none of your lazy excuses.
  • She still looks amazing and her poise would make you very aware of any poor posture on your part.


Dame Julia "Julie" Elizabeth Andrews, DBE, is an English film and stage actress, singer, author, theatre director and dancer. Andrews, a former child actress and singer, appeared on the West End in 1948, and made her Broadway debut in a 1954 production of The Boy Friend. She rose to prominence starring in musicals such as My Fair Lady and Camelot, both of which earned her Tony Award nominations. In 1957, she appeared on television with the title role in the musical Cinderella, which was seen by over 100 million viewers. She made her feature film debut in Mary Poppins, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. She received her second Academy Award nomination for The Sound of ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 83

Birthplace: Walton-on-Thames, United Kingdom

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Angela Lansbury is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Is America's Grandmother in 2019?
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Why She's The Best:

  • If there was a description of what the archetypal grandma looks like, it'd have her picture next to it. 
  • She has the sweetest, most soothing voice ever. 
  • Not to mention she can also sing with it. 
  • Everything about her makes you want to hug her and beg her to make you cookies and read you a story. 

Maybe Not Grandma Material:

  • Having to share her with everyone else in the world who loves her... which is pretty much everyone else in the world. 
  • Her house is probably so cozy you'd never want to leave. 


Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury, DBE is an Anglo-Irish-American actress and singer who has appeared in theatre, television, and films. Her career has spanned seven decades, much of it based in the United States, and her work has attracted international attention. Lansbury was born in central London to actress Moyna Macgill and politician Edgar Lansbury. In 1940, she moved to New York City in the United States, where she studied acting. Proceeding to Hollywood, Los Angeles in 1942, she signed to MGM and got her first film roles, in Gaslight and The Picture of Dorian Gray, earning two Oscar nominations and a Golden Globe Award. She appeared in eleven further MGM films, mostly in minor roles, and ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 93

Birthplace: Poplar, London, United Kingdom

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Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Is America's Grandmother in 2019?
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Why She's The Best:

  • She's hilarious, talented, and the Godmother of bluegrass, how can you go wrong?
  • Imagine gathering around the fire at Christmas to sing Christmas carols with this lady. 
  • She might even let you borrow some of her clothes if you're good. 
  • She's got the biggest heart and would do anything for you. 

Maybe Not Grandma Material:

  • Having a grandma with a better rack than you is not for everyone. 
  • She grew up in a tiny shack in the Ozarks and actually did walk uphill in the snow to get to school. Your complaints are lost on her. 


Dolly Rebecca Parton is an American singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, actress, author, and philanthropist, known primarily for her work in country music. Her career began as a child performer on the radio, then recording a few singles from the age of 13. Relocating to Nashville at age 18 in 1964, her first commercial successes were as a songwriter. She rose to prominence in 1967 as a featured performer on singer Porter Wagoner's weekly syndicated TV program; their first duet single, a cover of Tom Paxton's "The Last Thing on My Mind", was a top-ten hit on the country singles chart and led to several successful albums before they ended their partnership in 1974. Moving towards mainstream ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 73

Birthplace: Sevierville, Tennessee, United States of America

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