Betty White is 96 years old. She got up on the Emmy stage last night and essentially did a pretty tight standup set as part of a special industry tribute to her. “It’s incredible that I’m still in this business and you are still putting up with me,” she said. “It’s incredible that you can stay in a career this long and still have people put up with you.” (Pause.) “I wish they did that at home.”
Her delivery and timing were as flawless as ever.
We all love her, but it’s also fun to remember just how incendiary she has been when truly acting, not just doing her (albeit wonderful) Betty White schtick of recent years. Here’s a clip of her as Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, on which she played a wonderful combination of wicked, ruthless, sexy, and as badass as Martha Stewart.