THE BELOVED SHOWBIZ ICON KNOCKS ’EM DEAD AT THE 70TH EMMYS
Golden Girl Betty White makes a surprise appearance at the 70th annual Emmy Awards!
The Emmy statuette wasn’t the only Golden Girl at this year’s 70th annual ceremony. Betty White strode onstage on the arm of a handsome gentleman and earned an emotional standing ovation from the audience. “Somebody said something the other day about the ‘first lady of television,’ and I took it as a big compliment,” Betty said, adding with typical wit, “Then I heard her talking to her daughter a little later, and she said, ‘First lady, she’s that old. She was the first one way back.’ ”
That’s not quite true, but Betty did earn her first Emmy nomination back in 1951 at the 3rd Primetime Emmy Awards. She lost Best Actress to The Goldbergs’ Gertrude Berg, and the other nominees were Your Show of Shows’ Imogene Coca, Helen Hayes and Dame Judith Anderson! “Little did I dream then that I would be here,” she said. “It’s incredible that you can stay in a career this long and still have people put up with you. I wish they did that at home.”
At 96, Betty doesn’t get out as often as she used to, but she’s still spotted occasionally at her favorite spot, the Pacific Dining Car in Santa Monica. “She’s been coming here for years,” a source at the eatery tells Closer. “She loves her Grey Goose — she used to drink the 4 oz. martinis, but now she’s switched to 2 oz. glasses.”
She’s certainly had many reasons to toast, having won seven Emmys for series ranging from The Mary Tyler Moore Show to Saturday Night Live. No wonder the crowd was so eager to tell Betty — to quote The Golden Girls’ theme song — “Thank you for being a friend.”
— Bruce Fretts, with reporting by Amanda Champagne-Meadows
that I’m still in this business.”
“You think I’m going to miss a chance?” Betty quipped of Alec Baldwin’s kiss.