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Tuesday
Jun052012

Betty White Immortalized in Wax

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(LOS ANGELES) -- Former Golden Girls star Betty White has become the latest celebrity to be honored with a wax figure at Madame Tussauds museum.

"I'm 90 years old," the Hot In Cleveland actress said at her induction ceremony in Los Angeles on Monday. "You don't expect this kind of an honor at 90."

Indeed, White has become the oldest celebrity to be immortalized by the famed museum, though she admitted it could have happened decades earlier.

"It was supposed to happen back with The Golden Girls, but Bea Arthur wouldn't do it," said White, who joked about the painstaking $300,000 doppelganger.  "Would it have killed [Tussauds] to do this 50 years ago before gravity took over?  Seriously, it will be an honor to stand among the greats like George Burns and Lucille Ball."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
May012012

Betty White Makes 2012 Campaign Ad Debut

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(LOS ANGELES) -- In a congressional race that pits two of California’s Democratic titans against each other, one candidate pulled the gold card, or rather, the Golden card, this week.

Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., is out with a campaign ad featuring none other than America’s favorite Golden Girl, Betty White.

The 90-year-old actress and longtime animal rights advocate touts Berman as a “leader who fights for the humane treatment of all animals.”

In the ad White appears alongside Wendie Malick, her co-star in the sitcom Hot in Cleveland, who says Berman is “unbelievably effective,” citing his push for more police officers patrolling his San Fernando Valley district.

The 30-second spot ends with White pointing out Berman’s “very nice blue eyes” and Berman approving the ad on screen while holding a fluffy white dog.

Berman, a 16-term congressman, faces a tough election after being redistricted to face his fellow Democratic incumbent Brad Sherman. The race for California’s new 30th district, which includes West Hollywood and Beverly Hills, is expected to be one of the most expensive in the country.

As of March 31, Sherman had more than $4 million in his war chest. Berman boasted about $2.4 million cash on hand. Both candidates have since started ramping up their ad campaigns leading up to California’s June primary. Because it is an all-party primary, both Berman and Sherman are expected to win and face off in the general election.

White is just one of a long list of Hollywood stars that have thrown their support, both verbally and monetarily, behind Berman.

The entertainment industry is his top donor with Hollywood honchos like DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffery Katzenberg, Universal Pictures President Richard Finkelstein and Warner Brothers Chairman Barry Meyer all donating the legal max to his campaign.

Stars like Tom Hanks, Bette Midler and Barbara Streisand have also put their money behind Berman, according to his March campaign disclosures.

Berman’s nod of approval from Betty White comes just one day after he scored the endorsement of the area’s largest newspaper, the Los Angeles Times.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Apr122012

Betty White Joins Twitter

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Betty White has joined the Twittersphere!  Using the handle @BettyMWhite, the Hot in Cleveland actress already has over 140,000 followers on the social network.

“Hello Twitter! And they said it would never happen. Oh wait, that was me,”  the 90-year-old actress sent in her inaugural tweet.  That was just before she used the platform to flirt with fellow television personalities.

White sent a tweet to Ryan Seacrest, whose show American Idol is set to compete with White's new show, NBC's Betty White's Off Their Rockers, a new hidden-camera show where senior citizens prank younger people.

"Hey @RyanSeacrest -- my new show airs tomorrow and I hear we're in the same time slot," White tweeted.  "I've always dreamed of sharing a night with you..."

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Thursday
Mar012012

Friars Club to Roast Betty White

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- The Friars Club is set tp roast Betty White this spring, following in the footsteps of such legends as Frank Sinatra, Johnny Carson, and Lucille Ball.

The New York Post reports the comics and entertainers who make up the 108-year old organization will be will sharpening their skewers for the event, which will be held at the Sheraton New York ballroom on May 16.

For her part, White's not backing down.

"Those Friars may think I’m an easy mark, but I have 90 years of comebacks waiting for them," she said.  "This is such an honor to be roasted by the Friars Club.  It will be an afternoon filled with dirty words, risque jokes and sex talk...and that’s just what I plan on saying."

White, 90, has had such a long career that she was on the hot seat at a Dean Martin Celebrity Roast in her honor back in 1978.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Jan172012

Betty White Turns 90 on Tuesday

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(LOS ANGELES) -- Television icon Betty White turns 90 on Tuesday.  The Hot in Cleveland star doesn't feel her age, though.

Speaking recently with TV critics at the winter press tour in California, White said, "I can't get over that at this age I don't feel this age. I'm not trying to be any younger.  I'm not lying about my age.  If I were lying about my age, I would say I'm 89."

White plans to keep acting for as long as she can because, she said, "those offers aren't going to come around all the time."

As for how she'll celebrate her birthday, White said she might have a "little vodka on the rocks."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Aug192011

America's Favorite, Most Trusted Celebrity Revealed

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(LOS ANGELES) -- Betty White is a celebrity you can trust. That's according to a new poll that ranks the beloved 89-year-old actress as America's favorite and most trusted personality. Eighty-six percent of those who participated in the Ipsos poll have a favorable opinion of her, and 69 percent say their level of trust in her is above average. The least favorite and least trusted celebrity: Paris Hilton.

More than two thousand American adults participated in the poll.

Here are the most popular personalities:

1. Betty White
2. Denzel Washington
3. Sandra Bullock
4. Clint Eastwood
5. Tom Hanks
6. Harrison Ford
7. Morgan Freeman (tie)
7. Kate Middleton (tie)
9. Will Smith
10. Johnny Depp

Here are the most unpopular personalities:

  1. Paris Hilton
  2. Charlie Sheen
  3. (tie) Britney Spears
  3. (tie) Kanye West
  5. Arnold Schwarzenegger
  6. Tiger Woods
  7. Kim Kardashian
  8. Mel Gibson
  9. Donald Trump
10. LeBron James

Here are the most trusted personalities:

  1. Betty White
  2. Tom Hanks
  3. Sandra Bullock
  4. Morgan Freeman
  5. Kate Middleton
  6. (tie) Oprah Winfrey
  6. (tie) Taylor Swift
  8. Clint Eastwood
  9. (tie) Harrison Ford
  9. (tie) Denzel Washington
  9. (tie) Julia Roberts

Here are the least trusted celebrities:

  1. Paris Hilton
  2. Charlie Sheen
  3. Britney Spears
  4. Tiger Woods
  5. (tie) Arnold Schwarzenegger
  5. (tie) Kanye West
  7. Kim Kardashian
  8. Mel Gibson
  9. Donald Trump
 10. Kobe Bryant


Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
Apr112011

Betty White Disses Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen are constantly finding themselves the target of critics, but a recent criticism comes from a very unlikely source: The Golden Girls' lone survivor Betty White. The octogenarian TV sweetheart called out both stars in broader comments about celebs during an interview with London's Daily Mail.

According to The Mail, White said, "They are terribly ungrateful. I cannot stand the people who get wonderful starts in show business and who abuse it...They party too much, don't learn their lines, are unprofessional and they grumble about everything...Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen, for example. But there are plenty of others, too. They are the most blessed people in the world and they don't appreciate it."

No word yet from America's most famous warlock, but LiLo was clearly hurt. "Wow," the actress told E!. "I've always been a fan of hers. It's just a bit strange when people feel they must speak publicly about others," Lohan said, adding, "especially a grown woman."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
Jan172011

Betty White Turns 89 on Monday

Photo Courtesy - Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Betty White, America's favorite "golden girl" turns 89 on Monday.

To celebrate, TV Land has posted a digital birthday card on Facebook allowing fans of White's TV series, Hot in Cleveland, to leave messages for her.  The card also contains birthday wishes from celebrities such as Regis Philbin, Kelly Ripa, Tina Fey and country pop star Taylor Swift.  It's posted at Facebook.com/HotInCleveland.

Messages from the card will be presented to White at a party hosted by TV Land in New York City on Tuesday.  The bash will be featured on the cable network's website, TVLand.com.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Dec092010

Barbara Walters Talks to Oprah, 'Fascinating People' in TV Specials

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Barbara Walters says, "I will never do it again."  She's talking about producing and starring in not one but two back-to-back Thursday night specials on ABC.

In the first one, called Oprah: The Next Chapter, Walters gets Oprah Winfrey to open up, discussing everything from her rumors about her sexuality, to why she never had kids, to her relationships with both Gayle King and longtime boyfriend Stedman Graham.

Winfrey tells Walters that despite all the rumors, she's "not lesbian, not even kinda lesbian" and says the reason why the constant questions bother her is "because it means that somebody must think I'm lying."  She adds, "Why would you want to hide that?  That's not the way I run my life."  Winfrey also says the reason she never had kids is because if she did, the pressures of her job would have led to her neglecting them.  She says, "I have no regrets about that."

In the second special, The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2010, Walters sits down to chat with Sarah Palin, Betty White, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber and the cast of MTV's Jersey Shore, and also mentions Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Prince William's fiancee Kate Middleton, LeBron James and Sandra Bullock.  Walters talks to Betty White about sex and how she has no plans to retire, discusses Justin Bieber's love life and haircut, finds out what kind of American Idol judge J-Lo will be, and learns about Jersey Shore slang like "grenade" and "smush."

As for Palin, she's back for a record third appearance on this annual special and, when asked if she could beat Barack Obama if she ran for president, says, "I believe so."  She reveals what book and which magazines she reads, and dismisses as "silly" reports that she cost the Republican party a Senate majority in the recent elections by backing unqualified candidates.

As for the most fascinating person of 2010, that's still a secret.  Walters, per tradition, won't reveal who it is, except to say, "When you see who this person is, you'll say, 'Yeah. [They] should be." 

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Nov092010

Actress Betty White Made Honorary US Forest Ranger

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- With seven Emmy Awards, including one she won earlier this year for her hosting duties on Saturday Night Live, and a new two-book publishing deal, legendary actress and animal lover Betty White can now add another title to her list of credits: Forest Ranger.

The 88-year-old acting icon received the honorary designation Tuesday at a special ceremony held by the U.S. Forest Service at Washington's Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Surrounded by uniformed forest rangers and a seven-foot-tall Smokey the Bear mascot, White accepted the honor and the new title with a large-brimmed Forest Ranger hat on her head and a smaller, plush Smokey the Bear doll in her arms. In an emotional acceptance speech, White said of her parents, "they would be more proud of this than of any other award I have won."

As a child, White vacationed with her family in the High Sierras, where she said they often went for days "without seeing another two-legged soul."

In an interview with ABC News, White said those early treks into the wilderness cemented her desire to work with animals and one day become a forest ranger. "But back then, girls were not allowed to become forest rangers," she said.

When the U.S. Forest Service was established in 1905, and for many years after, there were no female rangers. Today, women comprise more than a third of the agency's workforce; a fact that did not escape its most recent honoree.

"I was so pleased to look out and see all those women in their ranger uniforms," White told ABC News.

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