I’m not embarrassed to say that as a kid the character of Rose Nylund on “The Golden Girls” was a hero of mine. I’ve also clocked in a fair amount of time watching old “Mary Tyler Moore” reruns in awe of Sue Ann Nivens. I was entirely convinced that I could learn all I needed to know about being a lady by letting Betty White teach me. At 89, Betty White is still killin’ it. Last year she received a lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild. She’s won seven Grammies. These days, she’s starring in “Hot in Cleveland,” a TV Land hit. In the fall she’s slated to host an NBC reality TV show, “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers,” where we’ll get to watch Betty and a gaggle of other dazzling elderly folks play pranks on younger ones. She also has a new memoir, If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t), that I can’t wait to get my hands on, because if I was going to ask anyone about anything important, it would totally be Betty White. The book is full of ruminations on poker, aging, acting, and her love of animals. In the face of occasional jitters about aging, I keep reminding myself that if I’m half as hilarious and radiant at 89 as Betty White, I’ll be doing all right.
[New York Times]
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