Betty White was the focus of attention at a Television Critics Association press conference for her TV Land series Hot in Cleveland. White tried to convince the press she’s not the lovable celebrity we all think she is. She didn’t succeed, but here are her reasons.
6. She’s just an optimist:
Betty White: Which Betty White are you talking about? Oh my dear. Have I got you fooled. Well, no, but I was an only child with a wonderful mother and father and they both had delicious senses of humor. So we laughed a lot and we made a lot of jokes. You grow up kind of looking at the funny side rather than the negative side and it gets you through some very bad times sometimes.
5. There’s too much Betty White already:
Betty White: What is this Betty White business? This is silly. Really, it is very silly. You’ve had such an overdose of me lately. Trust me. I think I’m going to go away for a while.
4. Sorry Facebook fans, she’s still not online:
Betty White: I didn’t know what Facebook was. I still don’t. I’m sorry. I don’t have a computer because I get a lot of mail, but I can stack those in stacks and throw this stack out without answering and then I get to this stack. But if I punched the button and stored something in a computer, I wouldn’t sleep at night wondering what was stored there. I’m a technological spaz.
3. She’s a prima donna back stage:
Betty White: Lorne Michaels and everybody [at SNL] is so nice, he brought all the gals back for support and it was wonderful. But don’t wear those heels if you do it because between sketches, they grab you by the hand, into a closet about the size of this table and somebody’s taking off your clothes, and somebody else is putting it on while the makeup girl is doing this and the wig person is taking off one wig and putting the other on and then they drag you back on stage and you think, ‘What sketch are we doing?; It’s panic time but it’s good panic.
2. She’s a workaholic:
Betty White: It’s hard for me to say no to a job because you spend your career thinking if you say no, they’ll never ask you again and if you don’t take the job, that may be the end of it. My mother taught me to say no when I was a girl, but that wasn’t about show business. So the result is I’m trying to cut down. I really am. When you love what you do so much, it’s a privilege.
1. She’s too young:
Betty White: My advice to young stars is: don’t believe your own publicity and don’t abuse your privileges.