Betty White, Who Celebrates Her 89th Birthday Today, Shows No Signs of Slowing Down

Posted by Billyjam, January 17, 2011 09:52am | Post a Comment
Betty White
Everyone loves Betty White, and for good reason. The actress/comedian/author, who celebrates her 89th birthday today (Jan 17th), is a cool, no-nonsense lady with a sharp sense of humor and a work ethic that would be admirable for someone half her age, or even a quarter her age. White, who had an incredibly busy & productive past year (including her Emmy winning hosting of SNL, starring on Hot in Cleveland, and her hilarious cameo on Community -- see video below), is a role model to all and a reminder that age should not slow anyone down one bit. It sure ain't nothing but a number to White! This year, between select acting projects, she will be working on two autobiographical books that will recount her illustrious career.

And what a career the seven time Emmy award winner (20 time nominated) has had; from playing such memorable roles as Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls and Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, to being a game show host, to too many cameo & recurring roles in other TV shows to include here, plus all of her recent era accolades! Oh, and the books she's written! White's two forthcoming books, following a deal she inked with G.P. Putnam's Sons in August, follow several earlier career books she's penned. The new books reportedly will include what White has learned over her decades-long Hollywood career including life, love, sex and celebrity, and will also spend more time on her recent career accomplishments. 
Betty White

White's busy 2010 would fill a book all by itself. In the past year she starred as Elka Ostrovsky in the TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland, turned in such an amazing guest-hosting role for SNL last May that she both boosted ratings for the show and won herself a Primetime Emmy Award, made appearances on a slew of talk shows, and launched her own clothing line with all profits going to animal charities. But my favorite of all Betty White moments of the past  year was in September when she starred on the first episode of the second-season of NBC's already brilliant comedy Community as an anthropology professor. Below is the closing credits clip from that episode with her along with Troy (Donald Glover) and Abed (Danny Pudi), doing their hilarious "Anthropology Rap" in a reworking of the 1983 hit "Africa" by Toto.