Betty White Back on TV

Betty White Back on TV

If you read my previous story on Betty White “Betty White Everything Old is New Again” – then you know what a tremendous surprise hit she was as a guest host on a recent “Saturday Night Live” television appearance. Betty is now in demand again on TV after a continuous 61-year show biz career.

Her new comedy series, “Hot in Cleveland,”   begins June 16, 2010. This new show revolves around three fabulous-looking women of a certain age who are best friends. The actresses are Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendy Malick. In the first episode the three friends are on a plane headed for Paris from Los Angeles for a ladies-only vacation celebration. There is a ferocious storm and the plane is forced to land unexpectedly in Cleveland. That’s right. That’s not a typo. Not Chicago. Not New York. Not Hawaii. But Cleveland, Ohio.

The three very attractive women soon learn they have found the “promised land.” They begin to love the city and find themselves living under one roof (remember the Golden Girls all living together under one roof in Florida?) Obviously a tried and true premise. Where does Betty enter the picture? She is the sassy, always-has-the-best-lines caretaker who has been minding the property they have rented for more than fifty years. Sounds like a combination of Bea Arthur and Estelle Getty from “GG” doesn’t it?

Ten episodes have been purchased for the first season. The writer is Emmy Award winner, Suzanne Martin (of Frasier and Ellen), and the producer is someone you will also know – Sean Hayes (of Will and Grace).

30 Second Preview "Hot in Cleveland"

“Golden Girls” Update

For all the “Golden Girls” fans there is sad news to relate. Rue McClanahan who played sex-starved Blanche on the show has passed away. Betty said, ”Rue was a close friend and a dear friend and her death hurts more than I ever thought it would.”

In November, Rue McClanahan, 76, underwent bypass surgery only to suffer a stroke a week later. "But Rue's a fighter," her manager said. "She was getting better and never lost any of her mental awareness whatsoever … She was a breast cancer survivor and gave speeches, and I said, 'Well, now you will also be able to give speeches about surviving a stroke!' "

Early this month Rue was lunching with a friend when she seemed a little weary. Waving it off as fatigue, the actress went to lie down but soon told an aide that something didn't feel quite right. Not long after, she lapsed into a coma and passed away from a massive stroke on June 3, 2010. R,I.P., Rue.

"She was a very, very gracious, warm, compassionate lady, and she died with the dignity that she lived," her manager said. "Anything else wouldn't have been fair for her. Not for somebody like her who was so vital and always wanted to give."

Golden Girls funniest lines

Season 3, episode 23: ''Mixed Blessing''
Dorothy's son surprises her with news of his engagement to a middle-aged black woman

Rose: The same thing happened to the Bigbotters back in St. Olaf. You see, Gretchen had this thing for Buddy, but Mr. Bigbotter didn't approve — he did his best to keep them apart. But, one day he came home, early, and found Gretchen and Buddy in... how will I say it... a most indelicate situation.
Dorothy: What did he do?
Rose: Well he yelled at them to stop, but they wouldn't so he turned the hose on them!
Blanche: He turned the hose on them?!
Rose: Well they were in the front yard!
Dorothy: Wait, wait, wait a minute, Rose. Buddy and Gretchen weren't people, were they?
Rose: Of course not; they were dogs! Gretchen was a Dalmation and Buddy was a Schnauzer. And Mr. Bigbotter wasn't too happy when he ended up with a litter of Schnalmations!

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Season 4, episode 9: ''Scared Straight''
Blanche's brother visits, and Rose helps convince him to come out to Blanche

Blanche: Rose, honey, there's something I have to say to you. It's just two little words, but they are the hardest two little words in all the whole world for me to say.
Rose: ''Not tonight''?

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Season 5, episode 9: ''All That Jazz''
Dorothy's son returns, and Rose copes with work-related stress

Rose: The hardest part for me was explaining to my Kirstin the difference between boys and girls. I knew the time had come but I kept putting it off. Finally I decided it was time to take the bull by the horns.
Blanche: So you told her?
Rose: No! I took the bull by the horns, turned him around, and showed her what makes a bull a bull.
Blanche: You are kidding, Rose?
Rose: No! That's how my mother taught me.
Blanche: Honey, didn't that give you a false impression about... what a man would look like?
Rose: It sure did! Can you imagine my surprise on my wedding night with Charlie? Boy, that bull would have been jealous!

My Philosophy

“Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.” – William James

"Seven days without laughter makes one weak". – Mort Walker

© Copyright BJ Rakow 2010. All rights reserved.

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Wanderlust 6 years ago from New York City

What a great hub! Thank you! I loved "Golden Girls" very much - great actresses and fantanstic sense humor.


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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

I love this hub, I enjoyed it and hung on your every word. What great memories, it was an amazing show. It will be so nice to see Betty White back in the game of having fun. She is so wonderful. Thank you for this thumbs up and funny and all the above hub....


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Wanderlust. So happy you wandered by. Thank you for your visit and comments. Golden Girls will be missed by their legions of fans including you and me. Every one of those talented actresses were perfect in their roles with a wonderful sense of comic timing.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

So happy you enjoyed this hub, Darlene. You hung on every word? Wow! Want a job as my PR person? Hardly any pay - just loads of gratitude.

I'm looking forward to Betty's new show, too, she is always a hoot with enviable, for her age, energy. Thanks for the thumbs up, the funny ad all of the above. Love you, too.


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Arthur Windermere 6 years ago

Hey Doc,

Good article. And I loved that William James quote.

I have a few gay friends, so I get Golden Girls quotes all the time. I'm not sure what homosexuality and funny old women have in common, but it's pretty much a constant.

Anyway, I was saddened by the news of Rue's death. However improbable, I had a crush on her when I was a kid (like 7 or 8) because of this TV movie called The Wickedest Witch that aired on ABC one Halloween. She was the witch. She did evil in a sexy way, I guess. haha

I'll certainly check out Betty's new show. Not that my friends will give me a choice.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

drbj, What a wonderful hub. I love Betty White and I am looking forward to her new show. She is an amazing woman.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Somehow I sensed you would like that quote, Arthur. The remarkable thing about Golden Girls' humor was it appealed to more than one segment of society. And I know first-hand how much gays loved the show. I saw a play recently called "The Gay Girls" and it was a satire of the Golden Girls with guys playing all the 4 leading roles. They had all the body language down pat and were very funny.

I think sometimes Rue was underrated as an actress - I saw her in some dramatic roles and she was so believable. Missed the Wicked Witch though. A crush on her then? I'll have to analyze that one.

Thanks for the visit and your always interesting comments.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Pamela. You've been cooking up a storm with your food hubs so I appreciate your taking the time to visit and comment.

I'm looking forward to Betty's show, too. Heard that she will have some gentlemen callers on that show. One that was rumored is Rob Reiner. That would be fun.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

She's the embodiment of courageous, triumphant living and may she continue on another 90-something years!

The others in Golden Girls were great in it, too. Betty just always seems to bring a kind of sparkle to whatever she does. Maybe it's her dimples and ease with herself.

I'm so pleased she's active now. Thanks for the great videos, too, drbj! Most enjoyable!


SilverGenes 6 years ago

It will be fun to see Betty White on TV again. I've seen her in some odd things over the years and she's always been funny.

I'm sorry to hear of Rue's death. I had no idea she had been through all that so recently. That was a nice tribute to her.

Thank you for another wonderful hub :-)


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

What a lovely comment, Nellieanna, Betty would love it - I do.

She does have a special kind of sparkle as you so aptly put it - a quality that transcends the screen and goes right to the heart. I'm sure that the dimples are an integral part of it. How can you not love those dimples?

Happy you enjoyed the videos. We'll take notes on her new series and compare them.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Silver Genes, for the thank you. And the "wonderful." That adjective also describes Betty and her talent. Did you see the movie, "The Proposal"? Betty had a small part as the grandmother of Sandra's Bullock pretend fiance and was hysterical when she was helping to fit Sandra with an antique wedding gown.

I will miss Rue - she was one of my favorites.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

The new series with Betty White should be worth a look, but I must confess that if it is the worst show in the history of television, I would probably still watch it. I never had a crush on Rue McClanahan like Arthur, but I have been in love with Valerie Bertinelli since 'One Day at a Time.' Whenever anyone asked if I wanted to go to a Van Halen concert, my response was always, "Will his wife be there?" I had a crush on her even before she lost the weight and slipped into the bikini....

It is a shame about Rue McClanahan. She was a talented actress.

Nice tribute to Betty, Rue and Golden Girls, and I think I will watch the new series with Betty White. Oh, and also Valerie Bertinelli.

Mike


SilverGenes 6 years ago

No, I didn't see that one yet but it's on my list to watch. Maybe this weekend. Anything with Betty White is funny to me.

There was a movie out about 10 years ago called Lake Placid - not one you would normally go out of your way to see but Betty made it worth my while!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

I'm so glad to see Betty back! Love her!


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Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

I will check it out. I like Jane Leeves too!


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

She is wonderful but we don't see a lot of her over here. Could you tell Mr Obama to kick Comeron's backside as well? Thank you for a grea tribute to Betty White.


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GusTheRedneck 6 years ago from USA

Good Doctor bj - I may try to obtain one of those shnalmations if our buddy, "Wardog" ever runs away.

Gus ;-)


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

She is my hero! If I can just be her when I'm 88 or whatever she is now, I'll be so happy!

Gotta love the lines about the schalmations...she was so cute in that show and I can't wait to see her in action again. I love Valerie as well so it should be great.

Great job as always - thanks for making me laugh!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Mike, how lucky can you get? Two of your favorites on the same TV show: Betty White and Valerie Bertinelli.

Can understand your Valerie crush - she has always been so wholesome and sexy at the same time.

I'll be watching the new show, too, I'm imagining that Betty, because of her well-tuned comic timing, will have most of the funniest lines.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, SG - you'll always be platinum to me.

I saw "Lake Placid" and Betty was hysterical as the supposedly quiet, innocent cabin-owner on the lake who had a surprising pet - a gigantic crocodile - in Lake Placid. She was the best part by far of an otherwise "B" movie.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, habee. Me too. Betty has legions of fans and we'll all be rooting for the new show to be successful.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, GL - nice to have you stop by. I know I've seen the actress, Jane Leeves, before. Do you know which movies or TV shows she has appeared in/on?


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, hello. Sorry you don't get to see Betty White that often. Will the new show be shown in your area, do you know? If not, I'll just have to send you synopses each week together with a tape of canned laughter.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Gus - the Schnalmations have all been adopted.

But I think I can find you a good deal on a hot DOG, a booze HOUND, an AFGHAN blanket, a SHEPHERD pie or a sofa SETTER.

Even better, how about a Komondor - a dog that looks like a mop? For real. See my hub: "Weird Animals - the Komondor."


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Audrey - I love to make you laugh - no thanks necessary.

I'm thinking of crossing a Malemute with a Poodle. For you. You will have a very large, very furry dog that thinks he is a lap dog. Oops. Forgot. You already have one or two of those.


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Ivorwen 6 years ago from Hither and Yonder

Hot in CLeveland looks fun. I wonder if Hulu will be airing it.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Dunno, Ivorwen, but hope so. You could always send Hulu an email requesting it be aired. Enough requests could make the difference. Good luck.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

Great hub and I love Betty White as well she is something and I was saddened to hear about Rue dying. She was a great lady and her and Bea Arthur went back to the Maude days when she played Maude's best friend. Great hub dedicated to both Golden Girls but sadly now there is only one left. I should have known it would have been Betty White. Cheers.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Yes, ladyjane, it is now Golden Girl, Betty White. She is a survivor.

I remember Rue as Bea Arthur's best friend on the "Maude" series and it is interesting that on that program, her character was rather subdued. While Betty on the "Mary Tyler Moore" show was man-hungry. On "Golden Girls," the characters Betty and Rue played were reversed, with Betty as naive and Blanche the in-house "slut." No type casting there.

Thanks for the visit and the comments.


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Great hub - I thought of her the other day when I saw Rue had died. She still makes us laugh after all these years.


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Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Back again. Jane Leeves played the personal assistant, Daphne on "Frasier". She began her career on the old Benny Hill Show!


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K.

After reading your other hub on Betty White about her interesting life and carea, I had to find out what she was up to next. Good to hear she is back on the box, but I was sad to read about rue's passing. :(


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, billy, isn't it wonderful to have talent like that and be so beloved by your fans? And be able to keep on going ... and going ... and going? I'm looking forward to Betty's debut on her new show.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Lotus, m'luv. I knew i has seen Jane somewhere so thanks for reminding me about her being on Frasier.

I used to watch the Benny Hill show - he was hilarious - but I don't recall Jane. Guess I was too busy laughing at Benny.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Yes, wrenfrost, that's really good news about Betty's new TV show. But really sad news about Rue. She was a very, very funny lady in her own right. She even made "man-hungry" funny.

Thanks for dropping by - enjoy the new show.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

I love Betty White. She is too funny! I remember her the most from Golden Girls and Lake Placid. Oh, she was on Boston Legal at times too. She's always the picture of an innocent old lady... but with some alter personality underneath. Love her!

Great Hub.


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BJBenson 6 years ago from USA

Since we are moving to Cleveland it is nice to know Betty will be living there too. LOL!

Love you and Betty!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, kal. Betty was my favorite, too, from the Golden Girls. She and Estelle Getty always had the funniest lines.

She does look like an innocent but despite the dimples, she has a mischievous glint in her eyes.

Thanks for stopping by.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hey, BJB. You know why Betty is moving to Cleveland? She heard you are moving there, too. Honest! You know it had to be more than just a coincidence.

Love ya.


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BJBenson 6 years ago from USA

My kids jump up and down every time they see an ad for the show! LOL!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

I knew it! Your kids are obviously more intelligent, perceptive and fun-loving than the average.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

I gotta say I missed Betty White in her prime and yet I doubt that could compare to her now, Betty White is fantastic, I love Love LOVE her and adore this Betty White Back on TV! Oh may she be blessed with good health and be around for many years to come, she is a treasure. Love this and voting it everything good plus will share the happy :)


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Katie, m'dear, we share the same adoration for Betty - she is a remarkably funny and enduring woman. So happy you love this and thanks for the lovable comments.

I have the good fortune to remember Betty when she was on "Password," which was live TV so you could see her quick wit and know it was hers and not a script.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Oh that's cool I'll have to dig footage of that up and watch. I love her she kills me with laughter. Thanks for bringing her to us. Peace :)


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

awesome hub my dear, Betty and the Golden girls rock forever! Maita


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Maita, for the "awesome." Betty White is pretty awesome, too. Don't forget to watch her new show, "Hot in Cleveland," if it is aired in your area.


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Research Analyst 6 years ago

Yeah I recently saw her in a snickers commercial and on the MTV movie awards, she is changing the way Hollywood sees women celebrities as they age.


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lctodd1947 6 years ago from USA

This is a delightful hub. Love the famous lines and love Betty. Very well written and I thank you so much for sharing.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Research Analyst, how nice to meet you. Wasn't Betty a hoot in that Snickers commercial? It really looked like she was getting hammered by a bunch of football players. I think we all gasped the first time we saw that ad.

She is one of the few who are recognized for getting even better as they age. More power to her. And to the rest of us. Thanks for the visit and the comments.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Linda. Nice to see you again. Thanks for the comments; you can come back any time. My pleasure to share.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Dang! I missed the show! We were out with friends. How was it??


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BJBenson 6 years ago from USA

It will be on here in Idaho in 10 minutes!!!!!!!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, habee, wait a moment and I'll ask BJB if she saw it in Idaho. It is carried on a station called TVLand here in south Florida and I couldn't access it. Wah!

Have to remember to pay my Comcast bills. :)


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hey there, BJB, tell habee and me, how was the show?

Did you get to watch it? Was Betty as hysterical as she was on Golden Girls?

They have cable in Idaho? :)


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

Got this one on the DVR waiting for my wife to get back from her little gambling trip up north...and looking forward to it. Always got a good laugh out of the "Golden Girls," and Betty Whites just got a knack for delivery. She's a funny gal.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Yes, Springboard, Betty has that comic timing knack that all really funny comedians seem to have. Probably part of the reason she has been so endearing and enduring for so long.

Thanks for the visit. Let me know what you thought of the first show.


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Jane Bovary 6 years ago from The Fatal Shore

Hi drjb,

I love it when women aren't being written off because of their ag..Betty White is appears in a funny TV commercial here in Aus. where she plays a quarterback..haha. I was sorry to read about Rue Mclanahan....the Golden Girls was a great show and for my money a lot more groundbreaking than Sex in the City.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

I'm with you, Jane, couldn't agree more with your points of view. That funny TV ad for a Snickers bar first appeared during the Super Bowl where millions of people viewed it. Personally think it had a lot to do with Betty's re-emergence as a viable television personality.


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Enelle Lamb 6 years ago from Canada's 'California'

Great hub, and really enjoyed your videos! Betty White rocks!


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

I am so glad I read this hub tonight, I love Betty White and all the Golden Girls actors; will look for her show! I was very saddened by Rue's passing, my eyes got wet when I heard the news; her acting brought smiles to me, and which I still watch with the Golden Girl's reruns.

Good hub!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Enelle, for visiting and commenting. So nice to meet you. Delighted you enjoyed the read and the videos. Did you ever think we would be saying an 88 1/2-year-old actress rocks? S'marvelous!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Delighted, Violet Sun, that you enjoyed this hub. I felt the same way about Rue. She and Betty always made me chuckle and often laugh out loud. What a pair!

It will probably be some time, if ever, before TV replicates a funny show like the Golden Girls.


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2besure 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

I love Golden Girl, I have found it again and watch it several times a day. I guess as I got older I can related to them more. Betty White is awesome! I love all the girls and was so sad to hear that Rue has passed. She was too adorable and funny!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, 2besure, I think Golden Girls was and is one of the funniest sitcoms ever made and so watchable that as you state, you can see it over and over again and be charmed every time by the talent and comic timing of all 4 actresses involved.

Happy you enjoy it. And thanks for the visit.


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

Just had to stop in for another visit. Funny stuff. Love the "Bull by the horns" story. Classic.


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David 470 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, United States

Nice hub, it was strange how Betty white just came out of now where and got real popular again .


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Good to see you again, Springboard. You're always welcome. The "bull by the horns" story was one of my favorites. Never fails to make me laugh just thinking about it. It's just as I've always said, "He who laughs . . . lasts!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

It does seem like Betty White came back out of nowhere but she has been very active this past year. After Golden Girls, she did guest appearances on several TV shows and appeared in the movie, "The Proposal," with Sandra Bullock. I think the Super Bowl Snickers commercial with the football guys brought her to the attention (especially on Facebook) of many of the younger generation who promoted her appearance on SNL.


TattoGuy 6 years ago

I cud never really get into the Golden Girls but I liked yer hub !


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zzron 6 years ago from Houston, TX.

I like Betty White on Boston Legal.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Then there really is hope for you, Art. Thanks moi buddy.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, zzron. I liked Betty on Boston Legal, too. And Golden Girls. And the Mary Tyler Moore Show. And as the guest host on SNL. And in the films, "Lake Placid" and "The Proposal." And centuries ago, on Password, the game show (with her hubby, Allen).


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David 470 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, United States

Yeah her being active lead to her gaining popularity once again


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Spot on, David, and I forgot to mention that Super Bowl Snickers commercial - that had a lot of clout with so many millions of people watching. Thank God she survived! :)


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

Betty, has always amazed me in that she is such a great actress. One would think that she's a scatter brain, however, her career continues on, while others eventually fade away. Thumbs up!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks, MG for the thumbs up. The mere fact that you mentioned Betty in the context of scatter brain indicates how expert she has been in portraying that role. True, she played naive, unsophisticated Rose Nylund to perfection in Golden Girls. But she also played the part of a calculating man-hunter on the Marty Tyler Moore Show. Now that's acting! A talent that keeps her in the public eye.


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

Just a thought, show's funny. But not anything hilarious. It won't get even close to the funny that "Golden Girls" was able to achieve, and I would say it MIGHT survive a second season. We'll just have to wait and see.

If it does fail, it will have nothing at all to do with Betty White, and that's the plus.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

I agree with you, Springboard, it will be difficult for any TV show, even one with Betty White, an original, to achieve the joyful humor of the Golden Girls.

Betty, Bea, Estelle and Rue had a wonderful charisma together and the ability to make each other seem even funnier than their lines.

Thanks for stopping by.


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

BW was old when The Golden Girls was new. Putting her in the Snickers commercial was genius; everyone was talking about that the next day.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

You're on the money with that comment, nicomp. Betty was so effective, people today are still talking about that commercial.

Wonder how many folks also recognized the senior actor, Abe Vigoda, who was also on her team in that ad. He was one of the "wise guys" in the Godfather films.


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

Abe was 'Fish' in Barney Miller and his own spinoff series.

He was a rat fink in The Godfather. Not rat pack; rat fink.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

I know, nic, but I didn't want to call names.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I really enjoyed this! Betty White is my heroe and Rue was so darned talented. Loved reliving some of the dialogue from past shows. GG was a regular part of my tv viewing pleasure. You have done a splendid job here. I'm so thrilled to find this hub!


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Audrey - delighted you enjoyed this - I admire Betty, too. And I miss Rue and GG like you. Thanks for your gracious comments.

You might also like to read my first hub on Betty - "Betty White - Everything Old is New Again". Thanks for visiting, m'dear.

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