January 21, 2010
Posted: 08:09 AM ET
Betty White's both been adored and adorable in her distinguished six decade career. Saturday, she will be honored with the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award. It will be simulcast on TNT and TBS at 7 pm ET. She took some time out of her busy week to play "5 Questions."
White: It’s a tossup between Sue Ann and Rose – because of the wonderful writing.
LKL Blog: Your friend, Sandra Bullock, is going to be presenting you with the Screen Actors Guild’s Life Achievement Award on January 23rd. What’s the secret to being having such a long, respected comedy career?
White: Incredible good luck and loving the work.
LKL Blog: You’ve held your own – and then some – with some of the biggest comedians out there over the years. And you are known for your impeccable comedic timing. When did you realize you could make people laugh?
White: I grew up with parents who both had a great sense of humor. We loved to kid each other and we laughed a lot. I’m a very happy only child.
LKL Blog: People have come to know and adore you as the dim-witted but loveable Rose Nylund from the Golden Girls…and the man-hungry Sue Ann Nivens from the Mary Tyler Moore show, among other characters you’ve played – but who is the real Betty White? What interests you? What do you like to do in your spare time? What would people be surprised to learn about you?
White: They used to as my husband, Allen Ludden, that when I was playing Sue Ann Nivens, the Happy Homemaker who could do everything cook, sew, broadcast, etc. His answer was “They are like the same person except Betty can’t cook.” I like to think I’m more like Rose Nylund as she was such a positive thinker. What interests me? Anything to do with nature – space, astronomy, science. And in my spare time – well, there really isn’t any.
LKL Blog: You’re a passionate advocate for animals and have been for many years…how did you become interested in speaking out for them?
White: I am deeply involved in animal health and welfare. I’ve been with Morris Animal Foundation for 43 years. We fund humane studies into specific diseases for dogs, cats, horses and zoo and wildlife.
Bonus Question: Larry King is about to celebrate his 25th year on CNN and I’m sure he’d appreciate your advice – any thoughts for him on how to have a long and successful television career?
White: Congratulations to Larry on his 25th year on CNN! Advice? I would like him to advise me!
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