Multitalented and subversively funny, Betty White has captivated audiences since she had her own radio show in the 1940s. Seven decades later, White continues to woo us with her soft-spoken bawdiness and frank wit. Care for a stroll down memory lane? Walk this way…
SNAKKLE FLASHBACK 1: The ’50s
Watch a dark-haired young Betty in a white slip rib her TV husband Alvin about his lodge dinners on Life With Elizabeth.
Life With Elizabeth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVWEsGF4b5s
SNAKKLE FLASHBACK 2: The ’70s
As the fabulously self-centered Sue Ann Nivens—famous for her backhanded compliments, affairs, and know-it-all attitude—on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Betty breaks out of her good-girl image.
The Mary Tyler Moore Show: http://www.popmodal.com/video/585/Mary-Tyler-Moore-show–Betty-White-as-Sue-Ann-Nivens
SNAKKLE FLASHBACK 3: The ’80s
White won one of her many Emmys playing the unbelievably naive but lovable Rose Nylund on NBC’s The Golden Girls. Check out this classic scene where Rose goes condom shopping with gal pals Blanche and Dorothy.
The Golden Girls: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kOewRGhtx8&NR=1
SNAKKLE FLASHBACK 4: Super Sunday 2010
In a Super Bowl ad, Betty gets in the game for Snickers. This ad, along with White’s much-lauded role in The Proposal, launched the huge Facebook movement to get the octogenarian to host Saturday Night Live. It worked!
Super Bowl ad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1Sv_z9jm8A
SNAKKLE FLASHBACK 5: Live, From New York… 2010
After turning down a hosting gig several times over the year, White finally gave all her fans what they wanted. Check out White’s fantastic work hosting Saturday Night Live at age 88 (!).
And how could we not mention Betty’s tremendous muffin?
Muffin Sketch: http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live//video/NPR/1226057
After snagging her seventh Emmy for her Saturday Night Live appearance, Betty will star in the second season of TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland and just published her fifth book, If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t). She also just signed on to host Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, an NBC reality show based on the hit Belgian hidden-camera comedy Benidorm Bastards. Think of Punk’d, but instead of starring young whippersnappers, the senior citizens pull the pranks.
White has attributed her brilliant career to “the blessing of good health” and “sheer, blind luck.” Bullfeathers, my dear. Luck has nothing to do with it.