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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


“It’s in­cred­i­ble

that I’m still in this busi­ness.”

— Betty

“You think I’m go­ing to miss a chance?” Betty quipped of Alec Bald­win’s kiss.

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