Friday, September 19, 2008

In Honor of The Emmys

In honor of the 60th Annual Emmy Awards Telecast, which airs Sunday at 8 PM on ABC, I thought I'd drag out a fun clip from the archive -- The Archive of American Television, to be exact -- of a true TV pioneer.

After having grown up in Illinois and then LA, Betty White got her start in local TV, and was quite literally in front of the camera when they first turned it on in the 1940s. She won her first Emmy for her 1952 sitcom Life With Elizabeth, and in a vintage '70s clip in the video below, wins her second 22 years later for her role as the Happy Homemaker/Neighborhood Nymphomaniac Sue Ann Nivens on the Mary Tyler Moore Show. (She would go on to win two more -- one for playing Rose Nylund The Golden Girls, and another for playing herself playing Rose Nylund on an episode of The John Larroquette Show.) My favorite part? How Betty refers to Zsa Zsa Gabor chummily as "Zsazh." Is Hollywood a small town or what?

Emmy Archive: Betty White
Emmy Archive: Betty White

The 60th Annual Emmy Awards
Sunday, September 21
8 PM Eastern

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