It’s a party100 years in the making! The Ridgefield Playhouse is celebrating the 100th Birthday of iconic actress Betty White on Monday, January 17, 2022, at 7:00 pm with a special film event. America’s sweetheart shares inside stories of her amazing life and career including The Golden Girls, hosting SNL, Hot in Cleveland, The Proposal, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and a lost episode from Betty’s very first sitcom. This film event is part of the Cohen and Wolf P.C. Movie Series and is packed with great stories and her funniest moments on screen – plus we’ll be serving up “Betty White Russians” at the bar for a special toast to Betty! Through movie magic, fans will participate in Betty’s actual birthday party, as she celebrates the big day with a star-studded cast of friends that love her. Joining in the celebration are just a few of the stars who love Betty, including Ryan Reynolds, Tina Fey, Robert Redford, Lin Manuel- Miranda, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Jay Leno, Carol Burnett, Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel, Valerie Bertinelli, James Corden, Wendy Malick, Jennifer Love Hewitt and of course, Betty White herself. Come celebrate and be a part of the birthday party of the century!
Betty White has spent the majority of her life in the public eye and age hasn’t slowed the comedy legend. One of the funniest and busiest actresses in Hollywood, she has been a mainstay on TV for more than 60 years as an actor, host, game show contestant, pitchwoman, and more. The seven-time Emmy Award-winner has created unforgettable roles in television and film, authored eight books, and won numerous awards, including those for her lifelong animal welfare work. She was named America’s Most Appealing Celebrity and in back-to-back years World’s Most Trusted Celebrity by Reuters; she also holds a Guinness World Record under the title “Longest TV Career for an Entertainer (Female).” White’s first comedy series “Life with Elizabeth” brought her first Emmy Award in 1952, followed by a daily NBC talk/variety show called “The Betty White Show.” She was a regular with over 70 appearances on “The Jack Paar Tonight Show” and appeared on “The Merv Griffin Show” and “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” She also subbed as host on all three talk shows. White was a regular with Vicki Lawrence on “Mama’s Family” as sister Ellen, a role she created with the rest of the company on “The Carol Burnett Show.”
Her recurring role as “Happy Homemaker” Sue Ann Nivens on the classic series “Mary Tyler Moore” brought two Emmys for Outstanding Supporting Actress in the 1974-75 and 1975-76 seasons. She received her fourth Emmy for Outstanding Game Show Host for “Just Men!” Nominated seven times for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Rose Nylund on “The Golden Girls,” White won the Emmy the first season in 1985 and later appeared in the spin-off “The Golden Palace” for one season. She earned her next Emmy Award as Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series on “The John Larroquette Show.” White was nominated for an Emmy in 2011 for her portrayal of Elka, the snarky but lovable caretaker on the TV Land series “Hot in Cleveland,” which she stars on alongside Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick. White also won back-to-back Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series in 2011 and 2012. White’s other awards include the Career Achievement Award in 2009 from the Television Critics Association, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jane Goodall Institute in 2009, the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in 2010, and a Lifetime Achievement Award in Acting in 2010 from the American Women in Radio and Television. She was voted AP Entertainer of the Year in 2010 and was given the Lifetime Achievement Award in addition to being inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame in 2011.
The episode of “Saturday Night Live” she hosted in 2010 was one of the highest-rated in the show’s history and earned her an Emmy Award for Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, bringing White’s Emmy total to seven awards. She was also the executive producer and host of the hit Lifetime series “Off Their Rockers.”
For more information or to purchase touchless print at home ticket ($12.50) go online at www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org or visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and available to all