Sunday Territorian 9 May 2010
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www.sundayterritorian.com.au Sunday Territorian, Sunday, May 9, 2010 55 P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 9 -M A Y -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 5 5 C O L O R : C M Y K Actresss banner year Betty White more visible at 88 years of age GOOD YEAR: Betty White ITS been a banner year for actress Betty White in a career as remarkable for its longevity as for the diversity of those who would call themselves Betty White fans. White, 88, is the rare Hollywood star whose fan base spans multiple generations. While most entertainment personalities are popular for a period and may later stage a comeback, White never disappeared from the public eye. In the past year, shes become more visible than ever. Shes probably still best-known for her roles as happy homemaker Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the 1970s and Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls in the 1980s. But a new generation of viewers came of age during her guest appearances on Boston Legal in the past decade, and most recently in 2009s Sandra Bullock-starring feature film The Proposal and a current Snickers commercial. Later this month US viewers will see her when she guest stars as an primary-school librarian on The Middle and in June in the sitcom Hot in Cleveland. After one devotee began a Facebook group demanding that White host Saturday Night Live a group eventually joined by more than 500,000 Facebook users she received an official invitation to host a Mothers Day-themed episode this weekend with SNL stars, including Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Molly Shannon. White has no Facebook account herself (Im a technological spaz, she said) and she didnt even really want to host SNL, something shed been invited to do in the past. She said its a New York show and shes a Californian, so she always feared she would feel like a fish out of water. People would tell me they saw this Facebook thing and all these people had joined. I couldnt believe it at first and I thought they were putting me on, White said. It came out of left field and I was astounded. I told my agent, Please say, Thank you, but no thank you. He said, You have to do it. If you dont do it, Ill divorce you. I love my agent, so here I am doing it. Her biggest worry: Ive never been able to work from cue cards. I memorise or I ad lib. And I know with the changing scripts ... that wont be possible. And with cue cards I hope I dont have to wear my glasses. I hope the print is big enough. If it isnt, Ill do the show with glasses. They promised me I wouldnt have to do any nudity, she added. No one suggested thered be nudity; she willingly went there on her own.
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