At this year’s Screen Actor’s Guild Awards television legend Betty White will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Last year it was announced that the comedic actress would have her time to shine at the annual celebration and she recently spoke out about how it feels to be celebrated by her peers of the past and the present.
Betty White can be considered one of the many pioneers of television since her career started during the birth of the medium. She’s been in the entertainment industry since the 1940’s, and has been featured on television, film, and radio as an actor and behind the scenes talent.
Most of us know her for her stint as Rose, the dimwitted roommate on the sitcom “The Golden Girls,” but her resume reveals so much more. She’s also starred on various variety shows such as “Password” and “Hollywood on Television,” and even hosted her own talk show before landing a role on the 1970’s hit, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”
White’s bread and butter may be comedy but her accolades are no laughing matter. The actress has earned an astounding six Emmy Awards for her work in television, which spans over 50 years. When White was informed that that she would be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from SAG she couldn’t believe it.
“They told me about the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award, and I thought they were putting me on,” White said. “I really did. I thought, ‘Oh, sure.’”
At the ripe age of 88, White is still active in the business. She recently played Ryan Reynolds’ scene-stealing grandma in the summer hit, The Proposal, and just wrapped a recurring stint as the matriarch of the Douglas family on the CBS soap opera, “The Bold & The Beautiful.”
The SAG Awards will take place on Saturday, January 23, 2010.
Who’s your favorite Betty White character?