Parley is much more than an adidas collaborator. Together with the brand, the imprint has helmed many a sustainable initiative, most built atop the beloved Ultra Boost. And with 2021 soon coming to a close, it’s only fitting the two go out with the same silhouette.
Making use of the somewhat newer UltraBOOST 21, Parley presents a colorway rather subdued. The exterior construction, which comprises many a different material and texture, is shaded a dark black, which contrasts the light blue stitching and counter that sit across the toe and heel, respectively. What’s more, the neutral similarly amplifies the secondary laces, webbing, and pull tab, all three of which feature earth tones.
For a closer look at Parley’s last Ultra Boost of the year, check out the official images below. A release is expected today in adidas Australia, while a global release could come in early 2022.
In other news, the Air Jordan 1 Mid USA was recently unveiled.
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Artists like Lizzo, Halsey, Dionne Warwick and many others took to social media on New Year’s Eve to remember White, the beloved star of classic television programs like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls and Hot in Cleveland. The five-time Emmy Award winner and animal advocate, whose career reached another level after she became an octogenarian, passed away just days shy of her 100th birthday on Jan. 17.
“Another brilliant talent has made her transition,” Warwick tweeted. “I had the pleasure of getting to know Betty White and shared a few giggles with her. May she rest in well-earned peace.”
Famed songwriter Diane Warren also shared her memories of White, who worked on many charitable projects involving animal disease research. White served for three years as the president of the Morris Animal Foundation and served on the board of trustees for the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Assn.
“A few yrs ago at an animal charity event I bid on a day at the zoo with Betty White,” Warren tweeted alongside a photo of herself with White. “Not only was she a legend but a fierce advocate for animal rights. Both the humans and the animals are so sad today Betty.”
Lizzo and Halsey reacted to White’s death by simply tweeting her first name accompanied by a broken heart emoji and a sad face, respectively.
American Idol host Ryan Seacrest received the sad news while preparing to host Friday’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2022 in New York’s Times Square.
“All of us in Times Square and around the world are grieving the loss of Betty White,” Seacrest tweeted. “She was a TV pioneer who paved the way for so many people. Beyond that, she showed us what you can accomplish in a lifetime through kindness and humor. Rest in peace to a true American icon.”
Sibling duo Tegan and Sara also took a moment to fondly remember White. “Golden Girls was our favorite show to watch with our Dad Saturday nights. When we were 9 his TV broke,” the sisters recalled in a tweet. “The screen went black, but still had sound. We begged to get a new one. ‘Why, we know what the Golden Girls look like!’ he laughed. We listened for months. RIP Betty White.”
See more tributes below from Cher, Huey Lewis, Steve Martin and others.
— ALL THE RUMORS ARE TRUE (@lizzo) December 31, 2021
Another brilliant talent has made her transition. I had the pleasure of getting to know Betty White and shared a few giggles with her. May she rest in well-earned peace. ❤️
— Dionne Warwick (@dionnewarwick) December 31, 2021
A few yrs ago at an animal charity event I bid on a day at the zoo with Betty White. Not only was she a legend but a fierce advocate for animal rights. Both the humans and the animals are so sad today Betty 🐘🐅🦍🦁💔 pic.twitter.com/kBEXAsrSMw
— Diane Warren (@Diane_Warren) December 31, 2021
— h (@halsey) December 31, 2021
Golden Girls was our favorite show to watch with our Dad Saturday nights. When we were 9 his TV broke. The screen went black, but still had sound. We begged to get a new one. “Why, we know what the Golden Girls look like!” he laughed. We listened for months. RIP Betty White. ❤️
— Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) December 31, 2021
All of us in Times Square and around the world are grieving the loss of Betty White. She was a TV pioneer who paved the way for so many people. Beyond that, she showed us what you can accomplish in a lifetime through kindness and humor. Rest in peace to a true American icon. pic.twitter.com/J3GekFkzrj
— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) December 31, 2021
I Don’t Know if any🐣🐥Can see this…..None of my Twts are posting,But BETTY IS DEAD 😭
— Cher (@cher) December 31, 2021
I Watched Her on her first TV Show “Life With Elizabeth”When I Was 7 Yrs Old.When She Did S&C I Got a Chance To Tell Her. I Was Embarrassed cause tears came to my eyes.She put her arms around me, & I Felt 7 again.
Some Ppl Are Called ICONS🙄,
BETTY IS A TRUE ICON.
— Cher (@cher) December 31, 2021
RIP to Betty White 🙏🏾🕊 pic.twitter.com/Ui9GL8GUnU
— Nick Cannon (@NickCannon) December 31, 2021
Betty White is irreplaceable. Wit, class, guts, kindness, a total icon. I know I’m just one of millions to say it but… you’re my hero, Betty White! You will be greatly missed. ❤️
— Amy Lee (@AmyLeeEV) December 31, 2021
Queen 💔 pic.twitter.com/QqED2HRa02
— Randy Rainbow (@RandyRainbow) December 31, 2021
In a world so divided, one of the last things we could all agree on was Betty White. 😔
— Randy Rainbow (@RandyRainbow) December 31, 2021
Huey: Acting with Betty White on “Hot in Cleveland” was one of my truly great experiences. She was funny, of course, smart, and very sweet. And talk about comedic timing. What an amazing career, and what a great person. I’m so lucky I got to work with her. #bettywhite pic.twitter.com/O3QhhPzKRZ
— Huey Lewis (@HueyLewisNews) December 31, 2021
I am so saddened to hear of the passing of the beloved & cherished #BettyWhite an American Comedy Icon, who will be held in fond memory by generations for decades to come. She made us all laugh and so it is only natural that her passing makes us all cry.. https://t.co/hUNeQP8Rqc pic.twitter.com/0mFucB1WJh
— Gloria Gaynor (@gloriagaynor) December 31, 2021
There was never a moment when Betty White didn’t make me smile. What an incredible life lived. May we all be so lucky. https://t.co/F3xjiR6JUy
— 𝙲𝚊𝚛𝚢 𝙱𝚛𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚜 (@carybrothers) December 31, 2021
thank you betty white for being so kind to this kid behind the scenes and for teaching me
the most important life lesson
“ sometimes life just isn’t fair kiddo “
— jenny lewis (@jennylewis) December 31, 2021
Damn. 2021 ending with the passing of the last living Golden Girl is an ominous sign. Rest east Betty White. Hope you and the girls share a cheesecake tonight.
— Laura Jane Grace (@LauraJaneGrace) December 31, 2021
Streets is done https://t.co/o6moVS2wy7
— Danny Brown (@xdannyxbrownx) December 31, 2021
By all accounts, #BettyWhite guzzled down every ounce life had to offer. And that she was mere weeks away from reaching 100, let’s all round up and always refer to her as having lived to that age, shall we? #ripbettywhite
— Richard Marx (@richardmarx) December 31, 2021
— Julia Michaels (@juliamichaels) December 31, 2021
In 1974, I was an obscure opening act for Linda Ronstadt at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. Passing through the lobby before the show, I saw Betty White and her husband Allen Ludden waiting in line.
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) December 31, 2021
I loved Betty White, so I went up to them: “I’m so honored to meet you both.” And then I said, “Isn’t Linda great?” She said, “We came to see you.” I said, “Why?” “Because we heard you were funny.” I was elated.
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) December 31, 2021
BETTY WHITE!! 💜
— LALAH (@lalahhathaway) December 31, 2021
“It’s literally like living in a disco ball here,” says fashion designer Michael Schmidt during a video call from the new exhibit that he’s put together spotlighting iconic fashion items worn by mega-stars and all featuring Swarovski crystals. Taking sparkling and dazzling to new heights, the exhibition of embellished costumes opened in November at Swarovski’s Kristallwelten — that’s Crystal Worlds in English — a park and museum, opened in 1995, that’s located near the jewelry company’s headquarters in Wattens, Austria.
Most items in the exhibit, titled The Art of Performance, are original pieces, including one of Michael Jackson’s famed gloves. “To me this is the greatest piece of pop memorabilia in history so I’m thrilled to have this here. This is an original. It’s on loan from Michael Bush, who was Michael Jackson’s designer. He made all of Michael Jackson’s clothes for the second half of his life,” says Schmidt.
On loan from Bob Mackie and Cher is a Mackie-designed headdress and top worn by the singer for her residency in Las Vegas. “To see it in person, it’s really overwhelming. It’s pleated and meant to evoke feathers and then of course it’s crystalled,” says Schmidt.
His own design of a glove for Lady Gaga, which she wore in American Horror Story: Hotel as Elizabeth the Countess, is also on display.
“She played a killer and she would cut your throat with the nail of this glove. It’s 11,000 Swarovski crystals with sterling silver filigree,” says Schmidt, who is known for his one-of-a-kind edgy-meets-elegant creations for pop stars such as Madonna, Elton John, Beyoncé, Cher, Rihanna, Cardi B and Katy Perry.
Schmidt spent three years putting together the show, which was supposed to open last year in tandem with the 125-year anniversary of Swarovski. But it was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “It actually gave us a lot more time to pull in other things that I wouldn’t have access to. These pieces were scattered around the world in various archives,” says Schmidt.
Other pieces in the show are recreations, such as a sculptural replica of the chandelier dress — designed by Jeremy Scott and made by Schmidt — that Perry wore to the Met Gala in 2019.
Schmidt also had a reproduction made of the Swarovski-encrusted Jean Louis dress that Marilyn Monroe wore when she sang “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden in 1962. (The original is owned by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! which purchased the gown in 2016 for $4.8 million.)
And he recreated the white tuxedo that Marlene Dietrich wore in the 1932 film Blonde Venus. “This was the very first time that Swarovski crystal ever appeared on film, in the famous scene with Marlene and Cary Grant. The original no longer exists,” says Schmidt, adding that Blonde Venus marks “the introduction of Swarovski to the world of filmmaking, and after that all of the major designers of the day, from Adrian to Edith Head, they all used Swarovski on all of the great movie stars of the time.
Additional original items in the exhibit include pieces worn by Bjork, Lizzo, Elton John, Selena Gomez (a crystal floral headdress), Grace Jones, Dita Von Teese and Beyoncé. There’s the actual crystal slipper created for the 2015 film Cinderella, plus a scarf worn by Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch not far from the elaborate headdress worn by Mila Kunis as Jupiter Jones in the 2015 film Jupiter Ascending. Also on display is a leotard worn by Simone Biles. “It was very important for me to have Simone in the exhibition,” says Schmidt. “I wanted to expand the scope beyond singers and movie stars to include sports.”
“What’s really incredible is that all of these moments from the last nearly 100 years have all been touched by Swarovski. There’s never been an exhibition quite like this that connects all of these amazing moments and this company and their products which are really indispensable to the entertainment industry,” continues Schmidt.
The exhibition — which will be on display for seven years (though some items will only remain for a year while new ones will be added) — was designed by Tony-winning set designer Derek McLane, who’s designed everything from Moulin Rouge! and Ragtime on Broadway to the stage of the Academy Awards (from 2013 to 2018). McLane’s creations for the Swarovski exhibit include a crystal-covered mannequin-like sculpture of Elton John on stage, seeming to fly above a piano. “We have very special custom lighting on [the exhibition] so all the crystals sparkle in a spectacular way,” says Schmidt. Another highlight: A sparkling corset worn by Nicole Kidman as Satine in Moulin Rouge, the film.
The Art of Performance is just one of 17 exhibition areas at Crystal Worlds, spaces that Swarovski calls Chambers of Wonder. Elsewhere on view throughout the 17 chambers is an installation called The Chandelier of Grief by artist Yayoi Kusama; a nearly 20-foot-tall tree made of 150,000 crystals co-designed by designer Tord Boontje and the late Alexander McQueen; and a crystal dome with 595 mirrors modeled after one of Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes. The 18-acre park even boasts a carousel that’s made with 15 million Swarovski crystals. “The museum, which is built into the foothills of the Alps, is quite extraordinary,” says Schmidt.
With Schmidt’s gift for eye-popping design, his exhibition is a fitting addition to the mix. “Of course I had heard a lot about Michael Schmidt designing all these incredible costumes and then I went to L.A. and he invited me to his studio,” says Carla Rumler, curator of Swarovski Crystal Worlds and cultural director of Swarvoski. Then and there, at Schmidt’s studio, Rumler proposed doing an exhibition together. “He said yes immediately,” she recalls, adding, “I’m so overwhelmed about the outcome. When I saw it first I had tears in my eyes. Without him we couldn’t have done this. He had access to all the pieces.”
Betty White, who racked up an extensive list of accolades during her iconic career in show business, died at age 99 on Friday (Dec. 31). Among her many accomplishments was a 2011 Grammy Award for best spoken word album, a recording of her book If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t). And the Guinness Book of World Records in 2013 said she held the record for longest TV career for an entertainer (female). But America’s sweetheart also shared her talent for singing (and rapping!) with the world throughout the years. We’ve rounded up six of her best musical moments below.
1. “Getting to Know You”
White delighted audiences at home during the early part of her career, appearing on several noteworthy TV shows in the 50s and 60s. In this clip, she sings a show tune from the musical The King and I and it’s easy to see why America fell in love with her.
2. “42nd Street”
Years before they teamed up on The Golden Girls, Betty White and Bea Arthur “heard the beat of dancing feet” and broke into a charming song and “tap dance” number on television.
3. “With a ‘No’ That Sounds Like ‘Yes’”
White and pal Jimmy Boyd (of “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” fame) teamed up on a song (originally recorded by Rod McKuen) on The Betty White Show. Following the duet, White closed the episode with a lovely farewell song, “It’s Time To Say So Long Again.”
“Miami, you’ve got style.” White (as Rose Nylund) sings “Miami” with the rest of The Golden Girls (Dorothy, Sophia and Blanche). We still can’t get past the fact that the girls came in second place with their catchy tribute to the “magic city.” Plus, the upbeat tempo makes Sophia dance.
5. “It’s a Good Day”
White cues up The Betty White Show band and explains “this is how we feel today.” Seriously, “It’s a good day for singing a song, how can anything go wrong?”
6. “I’m Still Hot”
White proved that even in her 90s, she’s truly living life at the top, and guess what — she’s still hot. White steals the spotlight in a music video that’s actually a promotion for life insurance company The Lifeline Program in disguise. The video, which also stars British electro pop-punk singer Luciana, features a lot of cheesecake, beefcake and even some breakdancing. The video picked up awards for Best Branding Social Media Video and Best Viral Video Campaign and the track peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart in 2011.
While the Air Force 1 Low is clearly the most ubiquitous classic model being pushed by Nike, 1977’s Blazer is likely a strong second. The “vintage” edition made a strong re-introduction into the market beginning in 2019 and has since become available in a near endless supply of color swaps while being included in nearly every seasonal collection that the Swoosh had to offer. The Plant Dye Pack, the Have A Good Game Series, the upcoming Athletic Club Pack – you name it, and the Blazer got the invite.
We’ll always appreciate the cleaner, simpler, more understated looks that this “Light Smoke Grey” offers, solely for its versatility. It literally goes with any outfit you can think of, and while this classic package is actually prized for its lack of character (in a good way), these do hide an alternate Swoosh color-blocking.
While this fresh drop is now available in select retailers in Japan, a US release will likely come sometime in the early part of 2022.
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In February, when Maluma unveiled details of his 24-city Papi Juancho tour, at the time it was the biggest and most ambitious announcement yet, for any genre, as concerts began returning from the pandemic shut down in the United States.
“It was difficult to go back on stage during COVID,” the Colombian artist told Billboard earlier this year, after completing a few shows. “You have to be brave to announce a tour after all the things that happened, but I feel like everyone is just looking forward to feeling normal — and this type of concert will give that back to them.”
Soon after, a wave of Latin artists announced North American tours, including Banda MS, Marc Anthony, Rauw Alejandro, Camilo and Karol G. Since, Latin acts have set a new record for the genre, accounting for nine of the year’s top 40 tours, according to Billboard Boxscore, earning over $196 million across 159 shows. Those nine tours tied with country for the second most on the tally, and only rock has more with 12 of 2021’s top 40 tours.
This summer, Grupo Firme made history as the first Latin act to perform seven shows in a calendar year at Los Angeles’ Staples Center (the only other artist that has done more is Adele with eight nights at the venue). The norteño/banda group wrapped the year at No. 23 on the Top Tours of 2021 year-end chart, grossing a total of $18,625,726 from nine shows.
And in September, 2021 El Grito — an annual celebration of Mexican independence in Las Vegas — was “probably one of the biggest seasons of shows that we’ve had over multiple weekends,” says Hans Schafer, senior vp touring at Live Nation, which produced seven out of 12 performances across the event. Out of those seven, Alejandro Fernandez’s two concerts at MGM Grand Garden, alone grossed $2.5 million and sold 19,434 tickets, according to Billboard Boxscore.
Concert tourism has played a large role in these shows’ success, thanks to the U.S.’s high vaccination rates compared to the rest of the region. “In all of Latin America, the vaccine process is not as advanced as it is here in the U.S.,” Fernandez tells Billboard. “Because of this, a lot of people began to travel to the states. They were ready to see their favorite artist in concert; I think that happened to me, many of my fans had to come from Mexico to see my show.”
Latin tours have proved so successful that in August, legendary Mexican band Los Bukis, helmed by Marco Antonio Solís, reunited for the first time in 25 years — and scored the biggest Latin tour of the year, earning $49.6 million, according to Billboard Boxscore. Bachata group Aventura similarly scored a record-breaking reunion tour with its four-date stadium trek that earned $20.8 million, as reported by Billboard Boxscore.
“We have several artists that have broken their own records in touring,” Schafer says, describing ticket sales for 2021 as “over performing” compared to pre-pandemic times. “Los Bukis [tour] was a massive success, achieving something that no other Latin band has ever achieved in the history of touring with nine sold-out stadiums in a single run.”
The record year is a far cry from 2020, when the pandemic brought touring to a halt – and no one knew for how long. “Like most of the [live music] industry, my initial thoughts were that this would pass soon and that we would be back with live shows before the last quarter of the year,” says Luana Pagani, president of artist management agency SeitrackUS. “It wasn’t until about the third month and after many rescheduling plans that we started to get really concerned. There was no clear idea on when we were going to go back and how it was going to look.”
It took the Latin live music scene over a year to reopen, with many industry leaders, as Pagani says, taking “a leap of faith and trusting that by the time the shows would happen, herd immunity was going to be a reality.”
But then came the delta variant, which as Loud and Live’s CEO, Nelson Abareda, says, “took a second stab at us. Basically, all of our ticket sales came to a halt for three weeks. June and July were good months for sales, and then it froze all of a sudden.”
While artists from other genres began to cancel or reschedule their 2021 tours — including Korn, Garth Brooks, Backstreet Boys and more — Latin acts pushed ahead with concert promoters following protocols dictated by every venue, city and state to ensure safety for their staff, artist and fans.
“Music is so culturally relevant to who we are and our identity and how we share with our friends and family, not to take away from any other genre,” says Schafer. “It’s at the center of our lives, and going to shows is at the center of all that, too.” Adds Abareda: “Latin music is at its peak, it’s gone mainstream, and I think Latin fans were really ready to embrace going back to live.”
Now as the omicron variant again threatens touring, with a number of recent cancelations, Abareda assures that Latin market isn’t planning on slowing down. “The momentum we’ve seen in touring in 2021 is a strong indicator of what’s coming in 2022,” he says, “It’s setting ourselves [up for] a record-breaking year.”
Peace in the Philippine sports landscape and autonomy of all national sports associations (NSA) just found a voice in weightlifting president Monico Puentevella. “Let him who has no sin cast the first stone,” Puentevella wrote in a statement sent to media outlets on New Year’s Eve as he batted for harmony amid the growing divisiveness […]
The Japanese have a term for it—that which Hidilyn Diaz found in her journey to the Tokyo Olympics. The word defines that inner intersection where one’s passion, mission, profession and vocation collide, often creating a beautiful explosion of triumph. It’s called “ikigai,” one’s reason for being. “This proves we can do it,” Diaz told journalists […]
In 2022, expect the adidas Forum to see as much love as it did the year prior. As soon as January, new colorways are scheduled to appear, including the women’s exclusive Forum Mid “Mint Rush.”
Next to past appearances, it’s clear the pair is following a tried-and-true formula. Its titular color is used for the Three Stripes as well as the collar and adjacent logo hits, a schema shared by lows, mids, and highs alike. Elsewhere, the brunt of the construction is built with white leathers, matching that of the nylon tongue, laces, and midsole but not the gum finish of the tread underfoot.
Enjoy a detailed look courtesy of the official images below. Sizes are currently expected to appear on adidas.com later this January.
In other news, the Air Jordan 1 Patent Bred is releasing tomorrow.
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The Green Day frontman took to his Instagram Story on on Thursday (Dec. 30) to share news that he will not be traveling to Miami for Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party, which is being hosted by the pop star and Pete Davidson.
“After the holiday I found out I was exposed to COVID. I’ve tested negative, but I have made the decision not to travel to Miami for New Year’s Eve Party out of caution,” Armstrong wrote. “Happy New Year and hope everyone stays safe!”
Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party will be broadcast live from Miami on Friday (Dec. 31) from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. ET on NBC. Viewers will also be able to livestream the festivities on Peacock, the network’s streaming service.
Other artists scheduled to appear include Brandi Carlile, Saweetie, Anitta, Jack Harlow, 24kGoldn, Kitty Ca$h and Cyrus’ sister Noah Cyrus. The network also promised “more surprises to come” in the lead-up to the NYE party, which is being executive produced by Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels.
Betty White, the quick-witted comedienne whose ribald humor as showcased on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls and Hot in Cleveland made her America’s ageless darling, has died. She was 99.
The beloved five-time Emmy Award winner and animal advocate, whose career reached another level after she became an octogenarian, died at home on Friday (Dec. 31), her agent told People magazine.
White joined the cast of The Mary Tyler Moore Show for the CBS sitcom’s fourth season in 1973 as Sue Ann Nivens, the blunt, man-lusting star of the WJM-TV show The Happy Homemaker, and she won two straight Emmys for outstanding continuing performance by a supporting actress in a comedy series.
On NBC’s The Golden Girls, which aired for seven seasons, White played the simple-minded Minnesotan Rose Nylund opposite Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty. She was nominated for lead comedy series actress in every year from 1986 through 1992, winning the trophy in her first try.
And on TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland, which completed its six-season run in 2015, White was cast in her late 80s as the sharp-tongued Elka Ostrovsky, who takes care of the Victorian home inhabited by L.A. transplants played by Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick. That earned her a supporting actress Emmy nom in 2011.
“Betty White is one of the few people who walks into the room and you know her,” Carl Reiner said on the 2018 PBS special Betty White: First Lady of Television. “You’ve known her all your life. She’s one of those people that are always welcome on any show she’s on.”
Earlier in her career, her snappy banter and dizzy smile made her a popular guest on such game shows as To Tell the Truth, What’s My Line?, Match Game, Password and Liar’s Club — the last two hosted by her husband, the late Allen Ludden. (They met when she was on Password in 1961.)
She also won a Daytime Emmy in 1983 for hosting the game show Just Men!, the first awarded to a female emcee.
White won another Emmy and attracted 12 million viewers for hosting Saturday Night Live in 2010 at age 88 after a fan-based Facebook campaign; starred in a clever Snickers Super Bowl commercial with Abe Vigoda; and netted noms from 2012-14 (giving her a career total of 21) as host of the NBC reality show Off Their Rockers.
In 1988, White was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame and received the Screen Actors Guild’s Life Achievement Award in 2010.
The Guinness Book of World Records in 2013 said she held the record for longest TV career for an entertainer (female). “I think the reason for the longevity is that several generations have gotten to know me over the years, so I’ve become sort of part of the family,” she told Larry King in 2010.
Betty Marion White was born on Jan. 17, 1922, in Oak Park, Illinois, the only child of an electrical engineer and a housewife. The family moved to Los Angeles when she was 2, and she graduated from Beverly Hills High School. Her idol was singer-actress Jeanette MacDonald.
“I was in the graduation play from high school and the president of our senior class, and I sang ‘The Merry Widow’ and did a little dance,” White told NPR in a 2014 interview. “I think that’s when the showbiz bug bit me — and they haven’t been able to get rid of me since.”
She landed parts on radio shows and in 1949 accepted disc jockey Al Jarvis’ offer to be his “Girl Friday” on Hollywood on Television, a new variety show he was doing for KLAC-TV. The show was on for 5½ hours a day, six days a week (Sundays off!). When Jarvis departed in 1952, she hosted the show for a couple of years.
Also in 1952, the adorable White co-founded Bandy Productions — she was a rare woman with power in show business in those days — and went on to star as the title character in the syndicated sitcom Life With Elizabeth, shot live from the Music Hall Theater in Beverly Hills. She also hosted The Betty White Show in daytime for NBC (that was only on a half-hour each weekday) and played a newlywed in Date With the Angels, a 1957-58 ABC comedy.
Following The Mary Tyler Moore Show, White starred in another series called The Betty White Show, this one a short-lived sitcom from CBS/MTM Enterprises. She played a TV actress starring in a police series who was directed by her character’s ex-husband (John Hillerman).
In the 1980s, White recurred as Ellen Harper Jackson, the oldest daughter of Thelma (Vicki Lawrence), on Mama’s Family, and showed up as Rose on the series Empty Nest, the short-lived Golden Girls spinoff The Golden Palace and Nurses.
White was a regular on CBS’ Bob, starring Bob Newhart (the actors’ characters would get married on the Hot in Cleveland finale); played the mother of Marie Osmond on the ABC sitcom Maybe This Time in 1995; won an Emmy for playing herself on The John Larroquete Show; and was Alfred Molina’s mom on the 1999-2001 CBS sitcom Ladies Man.
She played Catherine Piper, a childhood friend and blackmailer of William Shatner’s Denny Crain, on The Practice and Boston Legal and portrayed the rude Bea Sigurdson on That ’70s Show. Other notable guest-starring appearances came on St. Elsewhere; Suddenly Susan; Yes, Dear; My Name Is Earl; 30 Rock; Community; and The Middle.
In films, she played a senator from Kansas in Otto Preminger’s Advise & Consent (1962), was the foul-mouthed Delores Bickerman in Lake Placid (1999) and played Ryan Reynolds’ outlandish grandmother in The Proposal (2009). She also appeared in the comedies The Story of Us (1999), Bringing Down the House (2003) and You Again (2010).
She turned down the role of Helen Hunt’s mother in As Good as It Gets (1997) because she objected to a scene in which a dog is thrown down a rubbish chute.
“Of course it lands on some cushions and it’s fine, but I didn’t want to set that example, because you never know what nuts or kids will see it and think I can do that,” she said on The Tonight Show. “The director said, ‘The dog’s fine, the dog’s fine!’ But I said, ‘I just can’t do that.’ ”
White worked on many charitable projections involving animal disease research. She served for three years as the president of the Morris Animal Foundation and served on the board of trustees for the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Assn.
She was married to Ludden, her third husband, from 1963 until his death from cancer in 1981.
Duane Byrge contributed to this report.
This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.