By Michael Russnow
hollywoodnews.com: As I was leaving the Hallmark Of Fame reception at 20th Century Fox’ commissary, a studio guard wished me a good night to which I replied, “I can die now, I’ve met Betty White.”
You have to understand that I grew up knowing about Betty White, though my earliest recollection of her was as a TV personality, not the wonderful actress she is as well. The Betty White I knew and adored alongside most of America was a ubiquitous panelist on game shows, did TV commercials and occasionally filled in as host of The Tonight Show and other talk venues.
It wasn’t until they were casting The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the early seventies that her career took off like a rocket as she approached fifty. They wanted a cooking show hostess who could evoke a warm, sunny personality on TV, but whose backstage demeanor was sassy and sexy. Someone like Betty White, someone said. Another replied, So why not get the real thing?
The rest is history as she joined the hugely talented supporting cast, won an Emmy and went on to further fame as one of The Golden Girls on NBC throughout the 80’s. But, approaching 70, she didn’t stop there and made countless TV appearances, most notably on ABC’s Boston Legal. She became the personification of an irascible senior citizen and then, after a co-starring role playing Sandra Bullock’s grandma in The Proposal she became one of the hottest tickets in town.
Now, at 89, she is still going strong on TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland and with a starring role in the latest Hallmark of Fame, The Lost Valentine, which airs Sunday night on CBS. What makes her particularly special in this role is that it’s primarily a dramatic characterization. She plays a World War II widow, who makes a symbolic trip to the train station every Valentine’s Day to wait for the return of her husband, missing in action in the Philippines and never officially reported dead.
Her life becomes intertwined with Jennifer Love Hewitt’s character, a TV journalist who wants to do a piece about her and becomes enchanted not only with her but with Betty’s grandson played winningly by Sean Faris.
That’s all I’ll say. Don’t want to spoil the plot, but I have to hand it to Hewitt’s business savvy as one of the executive producers not to mention her guts to share the […]
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By Michael Russnow
HollywoodNews.com: From Betty Boop to Bettie Page, Katy Perry has made a distinct transformation from her debut album, “One of the Boys,” to her new album, “Teenage Dream.”
Now, Katy talks about the changes that she’s gone through since her last album and ponders why her albums are always focused on food in this new video below:
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