There are many reasons why I love Betty White, why millions of people love Betty White, why 317,000 Facebookers LIKE her static fan page that says nothing more than she is.
It is because, for almost 90 years, she has been who she is. She is funny, irreverent, risk-taking and consistent. Whether it was Sue Anne Nivens on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” (the perky secret slut who was host of “The Happy Homemaker”) or Rose Nylund, the naive and unaware to right before the point of being dumb – or Elka Ostrovsky, the caretaker of the house that three fish-out-of-water urban divas land in on TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland.”
The bottom line is this: Betty White has been working for 70 years as an actress, comedienne, game show celebrity and for several years now, successful author. Her career began the year that “Gone with the Wind” was released – 1939. She has made herself at home in seven different decades, and I was never more excited than to be one of the 500,000 on the FB campaign to get Saturday Night Live to let her host. She did. The show as a hit. She won an Emmy.
Now I want her back.
So while we’re gearing up to get her back in Studio 8H in New York City’s Rockefeller Center, here’s a recent interview: