NBC aired a Monday night special called “Celebrating Betty White: America’s Golden Girl” that brought together Betty Whiteher friends and co-stars to reflect on her pioneering career and a legacy filled with love and laughter.
The musician sang her flawless mix from the same stage where White recorded the weekly hit sitcom Rose.
“She is a true American icon but what really stands out about her is that she is exactly what we all want in a friend – warm, caring, sincere and always fun. looks,” Cher explains before she sings along to the lyrics.
In particular, there are celebrities and other notable names such as President Joe Biden, Drew Barrymore, Valerie Bertinelli, Cher, Bryan Cranston, Ted Danson, Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Ana Gasteyer, Goldie Hawn, Vicki Lawrence, Jane Leeves, Jay Leno, Anthony Mackie, Wendie Malick, Joel McHale, Tracy Morgan, Jean Smart and Mary Steenburgen.
The hour-long event also included clips from countless shows where White has appeared. Leno calls her “the first woman of television”.
Here are five of the warmest and funniest moments from the special, which aired exactly a month after White died at the age of 99.
1. Behind-the-scenes skits from “The Proposal”
One of the first described humorous moments was a bit between her and “The Proposal” co-star Ryan Reynolds on the set of the 2009 romantic comedy.
In the clip, White mistakenly calls Ryan “Bryan” and asks him to get her a cup of coffee.
“No, my name is Ryan,” he corrected her. “We worked together for weeks.”
With a serious look, White replied, “When Betty White says she wants a cup of coffee, you’ll get her a (brewed) coffee.”
2. Compliments and memories from her co-stars
McHale, who shared the TV screen with White in 2010 on “Community,” pointed out that White’s rise to stardom is “unprecedented.” comedy in three different decades: “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Golden Girls,” and “Hot in Cleveland.”
Fallon recalls hosting the 62nd Emmys and says White improvised her sexy dance numbers with Jon Hamm in the opening ceremony. Her comedy skills were so impressive that they only shot one shot.
Later on the special, Fallon told a story about one of White’s appearances on “The Tonight Show.” A clip teaching Fallon White how to play beer pong in the show. At the end of the segment, he said, White got a beer, pretended to hit Fallon, and ended up hitting him.
After a scene from White’s guest spot on “30 Rock” was shown, Tracy Morgan shared, “I’ve worked with a lot of people in my career, a lot of the best people in my career. . Betty White is the Lebron James of comedy. She is scoring. ”
Cher might be the biggest fan of the special. She remembers being around 7 years old when she first saw White on television in the sitcom “Life with Elizabeth”.
The “Believe” singer choked, “I’ve seen this face. It’s really sweet. She looks like a beauty queen. She has big dimples and I think that’s the beginning of the relationship. my love for Betty White”.
White then appeared as a guest star on “The Sonny & Cher Show” in 1977 and the musician was able to express his love in person.
3. Mary Tyler Moore Reveals Sue Ann Was Supposed To Have A Short Run On Her Show
White’s character Sue Ann was featured on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” during the comedy’s fourth season. She quickly became a fan favorite for her flirty lines and wit.
“Celebrating Betty White: America’s Golden Girl” includes a moment from the interview with Mary Tyler Moore in 1997 when she talked about Sue Ann’s growth.
“Well, Betty was added after Valeric (Harper) went on to do her own show,” said the actor, who passed away in 2017. “It was supposed to be a one-off store. But she’s so good, so amazing, so creative that you just can’t have her backing.”
Moore describes Sue Ann as “everyone’s delicious pixie.” She added that White’s character “represents all the bad little corners and dark places we have inside of us. And they cheered her on.”
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4. Greetings from President Joe Biden
Midway through the special, President Biden delivered a heartfelt message about White.
He began: “Betty White is an American treasure, an icon and a pioneer. “She defies convention. With each smile and smile, she opened our hearts. But most of all, she moved our souls and the souls of our people.”
He concluded his short speech with, “What a gift we will always cherish. God bless you, Betty. We all love you.”
5. Betty White’s Legacy as a Pioneer.
Jean Smart said that White was a “frontrunner” because she produced her own talk show in the 1950s, which was “unheard of” at the time.
When clips from White’s show of the same name were shown, Goldie Hawn noted that White used her show to talk about racial injustice.
One of the most famous examples of “The Betty White Show” being a revolutionary show was in 1954 when White had a black dancer. Arthur Duncan’s name on the show.
Anthony Mackie explained, “She was asked to take Arthur Duncan off the show and she said no. For her to do that in 1954 on a variety show paved the way for a lot of people to follow him.”
Speaking more about the importance of how White used her platform, Mackie hailed the late actor as “the single biggest influence on his career in his lifetime”.
He continued, “I’m here for that. For her, no, it changed the face of television. It’s humility and strength and backbone that I try to work on in my career every day. ”
The special will also be on Peacock to stream on February 1.
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