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A little while ago I got the chance to meet a real Hollywood legend, and I couldn't pass it up. My decision to go for it had a twofold benefit: 1) I had to screen The Proposal beforehand in order to meet said legend, and it ended up being surprisingly good, and 2) I got to meet Betty White!
[CENTER]Above: Betty White with Sandra Bullock in this Friday's The Proposal[/CENTER]
Even in her eighties, Betty White is spry. She's a ray of sunshine. She's sharp as a tack, and game to talk about anything. On top of that, she's been working pretty much non stop since about 1950 and has achieved that rarity among Hollywood actors (and moreso, actresses): longevity. For example:
- Betty started in television over 50 years ago
- She nabbed her own talk show on NBC, on which she worked "five and a half hours a day, six days a week, ad-libbing with no script"
- She hosted about 4 more iterations of "The Betty White Show"
- She was a regular on the celebrity game show circuit in the '60s and '70s
- She did live commentary on the Rose Parade for years
- She's an avid supporter of animal rights
- She played Rose on The Golden Girls, the Happy Homemaker on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, was on Mama's Family, The Love Boat, Empty Nest, that Golden Girls spinoff that I didn't watch, King of the Hill, That '70s Show, Everwood, Boston Legal, and a ton more shows
- She was awesome as the old lady in Lake Placid
- She roasted William Shatner on Comedy Central and was hilarious
It was such an honor to sit with White and chat. She's so awesome. She reminds me of my grandmother, in a way; I think she's exactly what every grandmother should be: tiny, adorable, easy with a laugh, generous with the hugs, smart, and a little bit naughty. Hope I turn out that way when I grow up.
Check out my interview with Betty White here!
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