Almost 100 Years, Betty White’s Life Turns the Page in New Book | Canberra weather

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A photo of Betty White, with a dimpled smile and a naive look, fills the cover of a coffee table book that arrived the month before her 100th birthday. The image evokes the real White, according to the author of the book, Ray Richmond. After digging into her life and career, he concludes that she is as warm and inviting as appearances suggest. But her willingness to play the guy, whether as scheming Sue Ann on The Mary Tyler Moore Show or the naive Rose of the Golden Girls, proves just how talented and talented White is, said Richmond. That, coupled with an impressive work ethic, took her from a television appearance in its infancy of the 1930s to the darling of Saturday Night Live in the 21st century, with a myriad of gigs in the ongoing show business. of road. “You could make a compelling case that Betty White is the most versatile and beloved artist in American history,” said Richmond. White, who will reach centennial status on Jan. 17, did not participate in the book. Richmond, a veteran entertainment journalist and critic, instead relied on research and interviews with friends and colleagues, including Carol Burnett, Candice Bergen, and Gavin MacLeod (Murray on The Mary Tyler Moore Show). MacLeod, who died last May at the age of 90, wrote the front of the book. Hailing White as a great performer and a “national treasure”, he considered her “one of the most caring and loving human beings I have ever known”. She’s also a pro, said Bill D’Elia, producer with David E. Kelley of Boston Legal. Kelley, who had worked with White on his film Lake Placid, delighted to give him salty language and bad behavior to play, D’Elia says in the book. The book briefly describes the Illinois native’s early years before moving on to a detailed and casual account of White’s success in Hollywood. The great loves of her life – her husband Allen Ludden, who was a game show host, and animals of all races – are also getting attention. There are also studio and commercial photos of White alone and with her co-stars. One was taken the night she, Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty re-enacted scenes from the Golden Girls at a royal variety show in London attended by Britain’s Queen Mother, who allegedly asked their representation. Among the moments and milestones recounted in Betty White: 100 Remarkable Moments in an Extraordinary Life: – After performing on her high school graduation in 1939, White and another student were invited to participate in an experimental television test at Los Angeles. As the duo danced and sang on the sixth floor of a building owned by car dealership and broadcast pioneer Earle C. Anthony, the performance was transmitted into the lobby. The audience: parents of teenagers and a few others. – When the United States entered World War II in December 1941, White, then just 20 years old, joined a female volunteer organization that provided home support. She drove trucks carrying supplies for soldiers housed in camps in the Los Angeles area during the day; at night she joined in dances for troops to be deployed overseas. – The Betty White Show, with White hosting half an hour of songs and interviews, debuted in 1954 on NBC. It featured 21-year-old black tap dancer Arthur Duncan at a time when people of color were rarely seen on television. Station managers, citing viewer complaints, threatened to withdraw the show. – White moved around in glamorous circles and created them. Burnett remembers attending “game nights” at the White-Ludden house. Charades and board games and the like was the entertainment, and “there were people like Fred Astaire hanging out. And Burt Reynolds. My God, there were so many,” Burnett said.