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TV’s Evergreen Betty White: An Icon to Cherish

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Betty White proved once again she’s a national treasure. She has won eight Emmy Awards. The industry honored her Monday night for more than 80 years in show business. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

“It’s incredible that you can stay in a career this long and still have people put up with you. I wish they did that at home,” said the 96-year-old actress. ⠀

Age is just a number. It cant obviously stop showbiz legend Betty White from continuing to put in her appearances on the Hollywood circuit. As, she proved at Monday night’s 70th Primetime Emmy Awards. Betty White is an authentic performing prodigy. She is a de facto part of the entertainment industry. White has laid a touchstone for women in Hollywood stand up with equal influence as men. She became the first ever woman to produce a sitcom. And for her services, she was presented with the title of Mayor of Hollywood. She is one of the first few women who are able to simultaneously juggle between their jobs on and behind the screen. Her example gave momentum to the woman of her era. And even today she continues to inspire women by reminding them of what they are capable of.

White has been active in this industry since 1939 and her most recent project is from this year that is a documentary on her life: Betty White the first lady of television. The fact that she could be seen meandering in her speech, and yet she struggles to work reinforces the significance of passion in a career. Maybe white is physically unfit to do any more roles but the zeal and fire inside her are just as young as an emerging actor’s. White has clearly defined that Hollywood isn’t the industry where age would matter. You can act as long as you carry the zest for acting. And your death will not occur until your creative has occurred.

White played a character Hot in Cleveland where she would cry to include herself in the modern setup of the society. This also happens to be the motto of White. Things will never be consistent and change will occur, what must not change is your determination and your aptitude for theatrics. One must mold itself with the norms and demands of the contemporary era and this is the only possibility that one can continue to succeed even out of their primary timeline.

One important thing that White constantly reminds us of is diversity. White isn’t just the person would come to television act and then leave with her merited pay. Rather she has tried her hand at all possible branches of entertainment. And has; in fact, fared well at several of them too. She has featured in all TV show genres and has authored 8 books. Her filmography dates back to 1945, where she had done several movies, including documentaries, and short films.  White has a Grammy for the voice recording of her own book “If you ask me (and of course you won’t)”.

The comedienne has several accolades for her performances in Golden Girls, Hot in Cleveland, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and has also scored some MTV movie awards for her films like “The Proposal”.  Betty started her career as host; in an era where having a female commentator was considered taboo. Yet she excelled against all odds winning Emmy nominations and awards for her shows Betty White’s Off The Rockers and Just Men! Betty proves that success has nothing to do with choice, it has everything to do with passion and hard work. Betty might have failed at several ventures, but where she didn’t she created history.

When Betty gave a speech at the Emmys, she made sure to keep it short- but quirky. She platonically flirted with Alec Baldwin and remarked at the kind gestures of the audience and The Academy. Her example reminds America that hard work pays off. She is no less than a divine figure in the industry, and the standing ovation was well-earned.

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