If you love this woman as much as we do, then clear your calendars for Tuesday, August 21 when BETTY WHITE: FIRST LADY OF TELEVISION is set to premiere on PBS. The documentary, filmed over the course of five years, offers “a warm look at the life and career of the beloved television and film legend who celebrates 80 years in show business this year — officially the longest career in the history of TV.”
At 96 years young and with no plans to retire, Betty White is equal parts icon and phenom. In addition to creating some of the most memorable characters on television – Sue Ann on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” Rose on “The Golden Girls”, Elka on “Hot in Cleveland,” the indomitable Betty has also spent her illustrious career breaking ground behind the camera. According to PBS, “She was the first woman to produce a national TV show, the first woman to star in a sitcom, the first producer to hire a female director and the first woman to receive an Emmy nomination.”
In BETTY WHITE: FIRST LADY OF TELEVISION, Steven J. Botcher, the film’s director and producer, “traces Betty’s remarkable career, from her early days in radio to her first TV series as co-host of a live, five-and-a-half-hour, six-day-a-week variety show.” From 1953-1955, she produced and starred in the pioneering sitcom “Life with Elizabeth”, and was a popular TV personality throughout the 50s and 60s. In the 70s Betty won two Emmys for her role as “Happy Homemaker” Sue Ann Nivens on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” She followed that up with another Emmy in the mid-80s for her role as Rose Nylund on “The Golden Girls.” In 2010, Betty made history – once again – when she hosted “Saturday Night Live” at the age of 88 – and won yet another Emmy.
In addition to exploring her rich career, the documentary captures more personal moments at home and Betty interacting with close friends, among them a 900-pound grizzly bear (she’s always been a passionate animal advocate). It’s described as being “packed with hilarious clips from her long career and comments from friends and co-stars, including Valerie Bertinelli, Georgia Engel, Tina Fey, Valerie Harper, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Gavin MacLeod, Carl Reiner, Ryan Reynolds, Tom Sullivan, Alex Trebek and many more.”
BETTY WHITE: FIRST LADY OF TELEVISION premieres Tuesday, August 21 (Times Vary by Location, Check Local Listings).