White died last week just shy of her 100th birthday. I wasn’t a big fan. But SNL re-ran a show she hosted a few years ago last Saturday nite - and she was indeed exceptionally skilled at delivering a line!
From The Wall Street Journal January 3rd edition:
“She learned about reality television from my father, Allen Funt, in the early 1960s—and he quickly learned a lot about her. When performers appear on ‘Candid Camera,’ it doesn’t take long for their off-camera character to become clear. Conditions are cramped, there’s no makeup artist or hair stylist, the hours are long, and, of course, there’s no script. It’s not for prima donnas. So, here’s 39-year-old Betty White squeezed into a tiny ticket booth in Manhattan, telling moviegoers they must take a pledge not to reveal the film’s surprise ending. Warning others not to remove their shoes. And informing one gentleman that to see the film he was interested in he’d have to walk to Queens. She was delightful.”