Betty White is simply the best when it comes to comedy.
At the ripe old age of 95, Betty White is the reigning queen of sitcom TV and she’s showing no signs of slowing down. Not sure what we’re going on about? Internet streaming service ShowMax’s catalogue has all six seasons of Betty’s show Hot In Cleveland (2010-2015) and the actress is an absolute hoot as witty landlord Elka Ostrovsky. Betty’s been dropping one-liners and talking trash for ages and more often than not, they’ve spilled over into her personal life. Here’s why she and her character are the best on the box.
Elka’s crack-up quote “You’re too old and creaky to be robbing the cradle” (season 1, episode 2 – 2010)
Betty’s world The actress has been married three times but refused to take another hubby after her last one passed away in 1981. “Once you’ve had the best, you really don’t need the rest,” laughs Betty. But just like her character Elka, that doesn’t mean she hasn’t kept her eyes on some of the hotties doing the rounds. “It’s quite interesting what some of these young gentlemen do – they have muscles on their muscles,” teases Betty.
Elka’s crack-up quote “If the guy’s a cutie, you’ve gotta tap that booty” (season 2, episode 20 – 2011)
Betty’s world With a career a mile long, you’d think that Betty’s favourite scene would be from her other iconic show – The Golden Girls (1985-1992) – but you’d be wrong! It happened in Hot In Cleveland’s season 6 (2014) when she smooched another acting icon, Robert Wagner (Anthony DiNozzo Sr in crime show NCIS, 2003- current). “When Jim (Robert Wagner) kissed me, I didn’t find that too bad. I liked that because they don’t often write in a kiss for me.”
Elka’s crack-up quote “I got a spray tan. I look like an Oompa Loompa!” (season 2, episode 21 – 2011)
Betty’s world A lot of Hollywood refuses to admit to a nip here and a tuck there when age sets in (even if it’s painfully obvious), but Betty is the opposite. She’s never made a secret of her plastic surgery and adds, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature! But in 1976 I had my eyelids done. I scolded myself forever, but now I’m glad I did it”.
Elka’s crack-up quote “Don’t put yourself down, dear – that’s my job” (season 4, episode 18 – 2012)
Betty’s world She’s been turned down numerous times and Betty knows how to make it in the brutal showbiz world: “Show up on time and come prepared. Learn your lines. Don’t think you can wing it, because you really can’t.”
Elka’s crack-up quote “I’m a novelty. I’m genuinely cool” (season 4, episode 3 – 2012)
Betty’s world At 88, Betty agreed to film the Hot In Cleveland pilot only. But when the show was picked up, the network bosses begged her to continue. She featured in all six seasons, stealing the thunder from her much younger co-stars – Valerie Bertinelli (Melanie), Jane Leeves (Joy) and Wendie Malick ( Victoria). Plus, Betty jokes that “hey, I’m still alive. I might as well make a little extra pocket money, right?”
Betty with her Hot In Cleveland stars (from left): Wendy Malick, Jane Leeves and Valerie Bertinelli.