SILVER SPRING, MD — National screenings of a film celebrating the life of the inimitable Betty White will continue as scheduled on January 17, which would have been the actor, comedian and activist’s 100th birthday, with special screenings in 900 rooms, including one in Silver Spring.
White, widely regarded both on and off screen as an American treasure and whose popularity spanned generations, died on New Year’s Eve at the age of 99.
Originally titled “Betty White: 100 Years of Youth – A Birthday Celebration”, the film directed by Steve Boettcher and Mike Trinklein is now known as “Betty White: A Celebration”.
Tickets are on sale now for sessions scheduled at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time on January 17:
- Majestic Stadium 20, 900 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20910
- Rockville Center 13, 199 East Montgomery Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850
Check each individual theater for screening times – all theaters offer all three.
The documentary examining White’s eight-decade career includes what is now White’s last on-screen interview, as well as tributes from 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, Wendie Malick and Jennifer Love Hewitt.
Boettcher and Trinklein said that during the filming of the documentary they developed “great love and admiration for Betty as a person and as an accomplished artist”.
“We will continue with our plans to show the film… in the hope that our film will provide a way for all who loved her to celebrate her life – and discover what made her such a national treasure,” they said. they said in a statement shortly. after the news of White’s death.
White was best known for her roles as the often-vampire Sue Ann Nivens on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and the naive and often childish Rose Nylund on “The Golden Girls.” But she had been a pioneer for women in television since the 1950s as the first woman to produce a national television show, the first woman to star in a sitcom, and the first woman to receive an Emmy Award nomination, according to the PBS documentary “Betty White: First Lady of Television.” . In fact, she was the first woman to appear on television, with her performance on an experimental show in the 1930s.
Her too resisted racial pressure, despite the consequences it could have had on his career at the time.
His daytime variety show featured Arthur Duncan, a young singer and dancer who credits White with getting his start in show business. Duncan was the first black series regular on an American variety show. Southern television stations threatened to boycott the show if White did not remove Duncan from the lineup, but she was unwavering.
“I said,” White recalled in a PBS documentary, “‘I’m sorry. Live with it. ” “
White’s career enjoyed a resurgence in 2010 when she starred in a Super Bowl commercial for Snickers in which she posed as a dude running out of energy who was being tackled during a backstage football game. .
She also caused laughs with her stunt doubles in the 2009 comedy “The Proposal” and the horror parody “Lake Placid.” At 88, she hosted “Saturday Night Live” in 2011, becoming the oldest person to host the show.
During her career, White has received eight Emmy Awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.
White was also a strong advocate for animals, raising funds for causes such as the Morris Animal Foundation and the Los Angeles Zoo. In 1970-1971, she wrote, produced and hosted a syndicated television show, “The Pet Set,” to which celebrities brought their dogs and cats. She also wrote a 1983 book titled “Betty White’s Pet Love: How Pets Take Care of Us”; and, in 2011, she released “Betty & Friends: My Life at the Zoo”.
She was married three times, the last to Allen Ludden in 1963. “I had the love of my life“, she told People in a 2010 interview. He died in 1981, and White never remarried.
assistant White reportedly told Carol Burnett that White shouted Ludden’s name moments before his death.
Watch a trailer for the film here: