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Join Linda White in "We Salute Betty White," episode 35 of the "Chakkuri's Time Capsule" podcast. Join Linda as she discusses the history behind Betty White's career.
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Join Linda White in "We Salute Betty White," episode 35 of the "Chakkuri's Time Capsule" podcast. Join Linda as she discusses the history behind Betty White's career.
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Hello. Hello. I'm Linda White, and this is another edition of shock Curries Time capsule, where I reminisce over fashion fads and foods from past decades. Now, today I'm going to do something a little bit different. Instead of focusing on one of my usual topics, I'm going to dedicate this podcast to an individual. This lovely lady recently celebrated her 99th birthday, and she's considered not only an iconic comedic actress but also one of our national treasures. The public's love for this woman was so much so that 11 years ago there was a petition floating around trying to get her booked on Saturday Night Live as a guest host, which she did, in fact end up doing at the age of 88 making her the oldest SNL guest host so far. And when the Covid pandemic hit last year in 20 20 there was a lot of concern for her welfare. Thankfully, she's been reportedly doing well at her home feeding ducks who visit her yard every day. Yes, today's subject is Betty White. Betty White was born in Oak Park, Illinois, in 19 22 a year later she and her family moved out to California during the Depression. Her father did what he could to make ends meet by building and selling radios. Betty attended Beverly Hills High School, and after graduation she and a friend sang songs from The Merry Widow on an experimental TV station in 1939. So Betty was, in fact present at the birth of television during World War Two. Many served in the American Women's Volunteer Services, where she helped transport military supplies to California and helped out with various trip events. After the war, Betty started making the rounds to the movie studios but was unfortunately considered to be not photogenic enough for the big screen. And so she turned her attention to radio, instead landing numerous gigs before finally being offered her own radio show. During the 19 fifties, Betty became a fixture on the television scene. She starred in her own sitcom called Life With Elizabeth, where she played a mischievous housewife who regularly broke the fourth wall and spoke directly into the camera. I caught an episode on YouTube recently, and I thought it was cute. It kind of reminded me of another sitcom that was huge around the same time, that being. I love Lucy, of course, the main difference being that Betty Show had a narrator and she would talk directly to him through the camera Now. Betty also had her own daytime variety program around that time. Interestingly enough, she actually had creative control over both her shows something very uncommon for women back then. Throughout the 19 sixties and early seventies, Betty continued to be a familiar face on TV, mainly through game show appearances. It was during the early sixties, when Betty met and eventually married her third husband and love of her life, Allen Ludden, who was host of the popular game show Password. Although Betty chose to never have any Children of her own, she did help raise Allen's three Children from his previous marriage. It was in 1970 three, when Betty White began her stint on The Mary Tyler Moore Show as man hungry Sue Ann Nivens. Now this is by far my favorite Betty white character of all time. I loved how Sue and was able to cut someone to shreds while keeping that sweet, perky smile on her face. Sue Ann was the host of a daytime program called the happy homemaker, and she would occasionally toss out the odd household hint to other characters. Now the entire Mary Tyler Moore series is currently on Hulu, so if you have a chance, check it out. The mid 19 eighties brought us Betty's biggest and most popular role ever. The naive and kind hearted Rose. An island in the Golden Girls. Now Rose was the polar opposite of the character that Betty played in The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Oddly enough, the story goes that in real life, Betty tended to be just as perky and bubbly as Rose, which irritated one of her co stars, Bea Arthur. But apparently even Betty has confirmed that this is true. I believe the Golden Girls are also on Hulu. In the two thousands, Betty continued to grace our TV screens and everything from the Bold and the beautiful soap opera to a famous Snickers commercial. Then, in 2010, Betty joined the cast of TV Land's Hot in Cleveland as Elka Ostrovsky. Oh, I got it in it that Elka is my least favorite Betty White character. I personally found her too abrasive, especially during those first couple of seasons, I think, though that speaks to Betty strong acting skills and that she can portray a wide range of characters, from the sweet, childlike Rosen Island to the sharp tongued Elka. And there were, of course, just these are just highlights of Betty White's illustrious career. Her IMDb resume was stretched from here to the moon and back. So here's to you, Betty. May you continue to grace our TV screens well after your 100th birthday. That's if you're up to it. Of course, this podcast isn't brought to you by my two books, which are currently available on Amazon Yellow Gal, Queen of the Montclair and The Bell of Camden County. Both written by me, Linda M. White take place in the late 18 hundreds and early 19 hundreds said in the Old South. Both of these novels tackle the subject of racial identity. Well, my friends, it's time to sign off, and before I do, I just want to thank each and every one of you for listening. No matter who you are or where you live, May you be blessed today and
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