At 78 years old, Betty Furness has this physical status:
Furness appeared in Studio One, the television series that had been broadcast live in 1948. During the advertisement break, she substituted an actor to sell Westinghouse items and impressed the firm with her easy and professional demeanor. They gave her a work to market their goods, and she became closely associated with them.
Early television commercials often employed radio stars who had a rough time adapting to television's dynamic medium, resulting in occasional controversies, such as a woman demonstrating an electric stove spilled hot chocolate all over it. Furness, who had worked at Studio One, thought she would do a better job. An advertising company gave her a shot, and she found that she was a natural natural performer for commercials. Furness performed three Westinghouse commercials (they were the sole sponsor of the show) on every episode of Studio One, earning $150 per week as video tape did not yet exist. (One live broadcast featured a refrigerator door that refused to open, resulting in one of television's most famous bloopers; fortunately, this was not Furness, but actor June Graham, who was substituted for her. Furness was "credited" for the blooper for decades, until she set the record for the first time in the 1981 TV special "Censored Bloopers."
Furness was a popular spokeswoman due to her good looks and charming, but slim and modest clothing, which she changed three times a day. Since Westinghouse provided these recommendations, she was very self-conscious about her appearance and image, either refusing to use a stage name or wear an apron. She did however choose to wear a wedding ring on camera to make her appear more like a housewife. Furness also bought most of her clothing herself, not wanting Westinghouse to determine her appearance. Furness wore 28 different outfits during the 1952 presidential election, which was heavily funded by Westinghouse, making them the subject of a Life article.
Furness's deal with Westinghouse culminated in her earning a $100,000 per year, with the notable exception of the dishwasher, which was a difficult sell after market research found that American women were hesitant to buy a unit that would virtually automatize their kitchen and leave them nothing to do.
Furness opened wide a refrigerator door, intoning, "You can be sure if it's Westinghouse." (The locations were so well known that they were often parodied: one Mad magazine gag imagined the words on a neon sign, but a few main letters were out: YOU CAN..SU.E. if IT'S WESTINGHOUSE!"
Furness appeared on ABC's Penthouse Party, which lasted for 39 episodes from September 1950 to June 1951. Furness appeared on CBS' "What's My Line?" for a regular panelist. In 1951, the first major industrial revolution in the United States was founded. Betty Furness was featured in a series of live mysteries on ABC under the heading "Your Kaiser Dealer Presents Your Kaiser Dealer Presents Adventures In My Mysteries" under the pseudoneous name "Adventures In My Mystery." The series was produced by the DuMont Television Network and appeared on DuMont as News Gal.
In 1953, she appeared in her own daytime television series Meet Betty Furness, which was sponsored by Westinghouse. A new Westinghouse president reportedly decided against Furness because he wanted to share his own ideas about the company, and suggested a new, slightly younger spokeswoman. Despite some resistance from the company's marketing department, he prevailed and Furness was released from her employment at the end of 1960. She was one of the final Westinghouse spots seen within CBS News coverage of the 1960 Los Angeles Democratic Convention, the August 1960 Chicago Republican Convention, and the evening of November 8 election results. She later attempted to transition to a less commercialized role in television, but she found herself too closely connected with advertisement to be taken seriously. During this period, she served on radio and also on behalf of the Democratic Party.
Furness has two actresses on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her role in motion pictures at 1533 Vine Street and for her contributions to television at 6675 Hollywood Boulevard.