Betty White

Actress


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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About this interview

In her nearly two-and-a-half hour Archive interview, Betty White talks about her start in television as a co-host, with Al Jarvis, on L.A.'s local station KLAC in 1949. She also recalls her years as a guest host on Jack Paar's Tonight Show, and as a 20-year co-host for the Rose Parade. White speaks in detail about The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Golden Girls, including the members of both casts and the producers: Mary Tyler Moore, Grant Tinker, Ed Asner, Ted Knight, Gavin MacLeod, Estelle Getty, Rue McClanahan, and Bea Arthur. Tony Fantozzi conducted the interview on June 4, 1997 in Los Angeles, CA.

"I'd like to be remembered as Betty, their good friend that they invite into their home."

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Highlights
Betty White on the ensemble cast of The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Betty White on the original script and casting of The Golden Girls
On winning the Emmy for The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Betty White on how the cast complemented each other on The Golden Girls
Betty White on turning down a chance to work on the Today show
Betty White on her first TV series, Life with Elizabeth
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On her early years and influences, radio, and early career

Chapter 2

On her TV work on Hollywood on TelevisionThe Betty White Show,  and the Rose Parade; on meeting Allen Ludden

Chapter 3

On her work on The Betty White Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Chapter 4

On her work on The Mary Tyler Moore ShowMama's Family, and The Golden Girls

Chapter 5

On working with Eddie Albert, Dinah Shore, Grant Tinker, Rod Serling, Johnny Carson, and others
Shows

Emmy Awards, The (Primetime and Daytime)

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Betty White on winning her 1952 Best Actress Emmy 
On winning the Emmy for The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Golden Girls, The

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Betty White on the original script and casting of The Golden Girls
Betty White on how the cast complemented each other on The Golden Girls
Betty White on Rue McClanahan
Betty White on The Golden Girls director Terry Hughes
Betty White on The Golden Girls creator Susan Harris

I've Got a Secret

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Betty White on appearing on What's My Line?, I've Got a Secret, and To Tell the Truth

Life With Elizabeth

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Betty White on her first TV series, Life with Elizabeth

Mary Tyler Moore Show, The

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Betty White on her first appearance as Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Betty White on the ensemble cast of The Mary Tyler Moore Show
On winning the Emmy for The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Mary Tyler Moore Show, The: "The Lars Affair"

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Betty White on being cast on The Mary Tyler Moore Show as "Sue Ann Nivens" - the Happy Homemaker, on the episode "The Lars Affair"

Pet Set, The

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Betty White on her syndicated show about animals, The Pet Set (1971)

To Tell the Truth

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Betty White on appearing on What's My Line?, I've Got a Secret, and To Tell the Truth

Today

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Betty White on turning down a chance to work on the Today show

What's My Line?

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Betty White on appearing on What's My Line?, I've Got a Secret, and To Tell the Truth
People

Zsa Zsa Gabor

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Betty White on winning her 1952 Best Actress Emmy 

Susan Harris

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Betty White on The Golden Girls creator Susan Harris

Terry Hughes

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Betty White on The Golden Girls director Terry Hughes

Rue McClanahan

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Betty White on Rue McClanahan

Mike Wallace

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Betty White on appearing on What's My Line?, I've Got a Secret, and To Tell the Truth

Barbara Walters

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Betty White on turning down a chance to work on the Today show

Ethel Winant

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Betty White on her first appearance as "Sue Ann Nivens" on The Mary Tyler Moore Show

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