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Betty White: 90 Years of TV Gold

January 17th, 2012 by Naivasha D Associate Producer

America’s love affair with Betty White has stood the test of seven decades. Our favorite funny-woman has more than one reason to celebrate this week – a sneak peek of her new show, “Off Their Rockers,” aired on NBC last night, along with a star-studded 90th birthday celebration. The show takes its cue from hidden-camera shows like “Punk’d,” but this time, the pranksters are all salacious senior citizens. As far as we’re concerned, it’s perfect timing – we were just remarking on primetime’s unfortunate scarcity of Jazzy scooter jokes.

We can’t wait to see what these silver-haired scamps will get up to next. In the meantime, we’ve put together just a few of Betty’s best moments in honor of her birthday, and her absolute refusal to get any less entertaining.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1973 – 1977)

Betty got a big break on The Mary Tyler Moore Show playing her most villainous role – snide and scheming Sue Ann Nivens, who was sweet on the outside and mean to the core.

Golden Girls (1985 – 1992)

Betty is best known for her role as loveable, ditzy Rose, a drastic departure from Sue Ann, and one that would set the tone for the rest of her career.

The Proposal (2009)

Despite Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds’ combined star power, Betty’s hilarious one-liners as randy Grandma Annie were what made this romcom memorable.

Snickers Super Bowl Ad (2010)

Betty stole the show at the 2010 Super Bowl by popping up in a Snickers commercial with fellow octogenarian Abe Vigoda.

Community (2010)

Betty guest-starred as a kooky anthropology professor with a penchant for blowguns, rapping, and her own urine.

Saturday Night Live (2010)

In May 2010, Betty became the oldest person to ever host SNL after a grassroots Facebook campaign convinced the producers to invite her on. She adeptly walked the line between vulgar and adorable, making her one of the most popular hosts of the year, and cementing her status as a national treasure.

Hot In Cleveland (2010 – 2012)

Betty was only supposed to have a guest spot in the pilot episode of TV Land’s surprise hit Hot In Cleveland, but she charmed her way into a lead role as snarky Elka, a caretaker whose shenanigans keep her tenants on their toes.

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