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Betty White is sim­ply the best when it comes to com­edy.

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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.

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