TVR Awards -- Best Betty White Moment of the Year (VIDEO)
by Aimee Deeken, posted Dec 31st 2010 5:00AM
Betty White has had a prolific career spanning nearly six decades, but even for her, 2010 was a busy year. The 88-year-old actress and comedienne enjoyed a renaissance that seemed to officially cement her role as America's sassy grandma. Betty hosted 'Saturday Night Live,' guest-starred on 'Community,' got her own show ('Hot in Cleveland') and made a bevy of appearances on late-night and daytime talk shows. We've chosen these highlights from arguably her best year ever. Check out our favorite Betty White clips and vote for your favorite moment.
A Belated Emmy Speech: James Lipton had a big reward for White when the pillar of TV comedy finally appeared on 'Inside the Actors Studio': an Emmy. She'd been unable to attend the Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony, so the host presented her with the Outstanding Guest Actress statue, earned for hosting 'Saturday Night Live.' "I've got some 'golden girls' who'll keep her company at home," the six-time Emmy winner joked.
Being a (Death-Metal) Friend on 'SNL': Speaking of 'The Golden Girls,' one of the funniest sketches from her 'SNL' stint was a digital short set to the series' theme song. In her honor, fellow cast members smiled, hugged and sweetly sang along to 'Thank You for Being a Friend.' White responded, "That was just lovely, but I think I prefer my version." She donned a black ski mask, grabbed a mic and began "singing" a death-metal rendition, adding violent kicks and swinging a baseball bat.
Calling Sarah Palin the B-word Was an Act: On 'Larry King Live,' the host requested that the comedienne explain her comment that Sarah Palin was "a crazy bitch." She hastily explained the context: "That was written ... It was ['The Late Late Show With] Craig Ferguson.' We do little sketches. I play different characters ... I was John McCain's speech writer." Oh, maybe King should have asked Ferguson that question.
White Offers Fire Safety Tips: During another visit to 'Late Late,' White appeared as a fire chief in uniform. "I feel safe around all those strong [fire]men," she joked. "Plus I can use the fire pole to practice for my other job -- as a stripper." The host said he had a lot of dirt on White. She countered, "Craig, I'm a national treasure -- I'm one fire you can't put out." Too true, too true.
White Wields a Blow-Dart Gun: The second-season premiere of 'Community' featured White as kooky anthropology prof June Bauer. "What is it exactly that seperates man from animal?" she asked her class. "Divorce!" shouted Star-Burns. Fellow classmates laughed. She swiftly picked up a "blow-gun" and launched a dart in his face. "Tools," she answered. Quite an introduction.
She Nearly Makes Out with Elmo: "Two young stars are with us," began Meredith Vieira on 'Today,' "three-year-old Elmo and Betty White, who is 88-years-young," she clarified. Elmo leaned over and kissed White's cheek ... then her mouth, then her eye and then her ear. "Get a room, kids!" Vieira joked.
Jay Leno Plays "Will This Make Betty White Flinch?": The 'Tonight Show' host has been testing White's composure for years, launching everything from paint balls to people straight at her face, with a flimsy, clear plastic wall as her only shield. This time, the challenge was deemed harder, "now that you've become the biggest star than ever," said the host. But did the latest stunt make her flinch? Nope.
White Goes Red Hot in 'Cleveland': As Elka, the snarky caretaker on 'Hot in Cleveland,' White stormed into the kitchen to announce (obviously) that she'd gotten her hair colored -- bright red. Joy wondered if a picture of Elmo influenced her. But how else to deal with a rival who takes hormone replacements? "I can't compete with somebody who's doping!" she said.
|James Lipton presents Betty her Emmy||311 (13.4%)|
|Betty sings metal version of 'Golden Girls' theme song on 'SNL'||420 (18.1%)|
|Betty and Larry King talk Sarah Palin||142 (6.1%)|
|Betty dons a fireman's uniform||209 (9.0%)|
|Betty wields a blow-dart gun on 'Community'||272 (11.7%)|
|Betty makes out with Elmo||142 (6.1%)|
|Jay Leno tries to make Betty flinch||254 (10.9%)|
|Betty dyes her hair red on 'Hot in Cleveland'||574 (24.7%)|