Betty White’s 2nd Annual 90th Birthday Special Airs Tuesday, February 5 on NBC (8-9 p.m. ET).
Seven-time Emmy Award winner Betty White will be celebrating her 91st birthday in style as a star-studded line up of special guests pays tribute to one of the world’s most beloved entertainers in “Betty White’s 2nd Annual 90th Birthday Special.
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Blake Shelton, Bill Cosby, Whoopi Goldberg, Sean Hayes, Rico Rodriguez, Lily Tomlin and Sarah Silverman will honor America’s comedy sweetheart, along with Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States. Also on hand to deliver birthday wishes will be Vicki Lawrence –reprising her popular title role from “Mama’s Family” — Katie Couric and White’s “Hot in Cleveland” co-stars “Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick, as well as Zachary Levi, Larry King and Kate Flannery.
The evening will include special performances – including Shelton singing a tailor-made musical number for the birthday girl – as well as comedy and clips that perfectly capture the irreverent tone, spirit and comedic flair that are the hallmark of White’s extraordinary career.
At 91 years old, White is one of the funniest and busiest actresses in Hollywood, currently starring on NBC’s “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers” and TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland.” With a career that has spanned more than 60 years, the star of classic series like “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Golden Girls” has created unforgettable roles in television and film. She has also authored seven books and won numerous awards, including those for her lifelong work for animal welfare.
“Betty White’s 2nd Annual 90th Birthday Special” is produced by Brad Lachman Productions and Universal Television, with Brad Lachman and Jon Macks serving as executive producers.
About Betty White:
Betty Marion White Ludden (born January 17, 1922), better known as Betty White, is an American actress, comedian, singer, author, and television personality. With a career spanning over nine separate decades, she is best known to contemporary audiences for her television roles as Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls. Since the death of co-star Rue McClanahan in 2010, she is now the only living Golden Girl. She currently stars as Elka Ostrovsky in the TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland for which she has won two consecutive Screen Actors Guild Awards. She also currently hosts the practical-joke show Betty White’s Off Their Rockers.
White has won a Grammy as well as seven Emmy Awards (six for acting), receiving 21 Emmy nominations over the course of her career, including being the first woman ever to receive an Emmy for game show hosting (for the short-lived Just Men!) and is the only person to have an Emmy in all female performing comedic categories. In May 2010, White became the oldest person to guest-host Saturday Night Live, for which she also received a Primetime Emmy Award. White also holds the record for longest span between Emmy nominations for performances – her first was in 1951 and her most recent was in 2012, a span of 61 years – and has become the oldest nominee as of 2012, aged 90. She has made regular appearances on the game shows Password and Match Game and played recurring roles on Mama’s Family,Boston Legal, The Bold and the Beautiful, That 70’s Show, and Community.
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