Betty White's Emmys Appearance Reminds Everyone She's The 'First Lady Of Television'
The 96-year-old TV legend was honored at the Emmys and proved she's still got it.
Betty White reminded us she's a true Hollywood treasure at the 2018 Emmys tonight. At 96 years young, the actress is still vivacious, witty, and beautiful. She was honored at the show Monday night and made jokes left and right while showing gratitude for the support she still has in the industry. After all, she's been in the business for nearly 80 years — her first role was all the way back in 1939. She's undoubtedly the "First Lady of Television" (and not just the "first woman on television," as she joked this evening).
White was introduced by Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon tonight as the "greatest of all time" and the two, of course, also joked about her TV and Emmy reign. "At 96 years old, she still thinks about all those Emmys she didn't win. And she's still bitter," McKinnon said.
Despite those "losses", White is an Emmy Awards legend. She's been nominated 24 times over the course of her career (she's won 8 times) and is the only woman to have received an Emmy in all performing comedic categories. Amazing, right?
It's worth noting that she's also the only woman to have received an Emmy in all performing comedic categories. Plus, she holds the record for longest span between Emmy nominations for performances. Remarkably, her first was in 1951 and the last time she was nominated was 60 years later, in 2011.
Tonight White showed that she's still incredibly gracious for those nominations as well as her place in Hollywood. She told the crowd: "It's incredible that I'm still in this business and you're still putting up with me."
But of course we're still "putting up" with Betty White. As our favorite Golden Girl, White has brought joy and laughter to the small screen for generations. She's had the longest TV career of any man or woman in Hollywood and has very much been a female pioneer in the industry as well. Did you know she's regarded as the first woman to produce a sitcom? How cool is that.
And as much as Twitter can be divided about seriously everything, the feeling of love for Betty White was unanimous this evening, even though some people were worried she was trending because she had died. (Turn on the TV, people!).
Most tweets just marveled at how amazing she is, though.
If you feel like you need more Betty White in your life, be sure to check out the new PBS special about her, Betty White: First Lady of Television. The documentary is a light and touching look at her unbelievable career and it's definitely worth a watch. And, while you're at it, you can totally buy the entire Golden Girls series on DVD on Amazon for under $100. Christmas is coming...
The 70th annual Emmy Awards were held at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on September 17, 2018. SNL's Michael Che and Colin Jost hosted the festivities. Actors Samira Wiley and Ryan Eggold announced this year's nominations on July 12. Game of Thrones, which will air its final season in 2019, was up for 22 Emmys, while Sandra Oh broke barriers as the first Asian-American female to receive a nod for Lead Actress.