Betty White made a video message to thank fans on the eve of her 100th birthday on Monday, December 20th.
“The video was Betty’s idea,” said Stephen Botcher, a future film producer. originally titled “Betty White: 100 Years Old.”
“Betty wanted to be kind and thank her fans. So, as she put it, she” went crazy “and landed on camera.”
A hilarious short message from his home in Brentwood, California, will be White’s last public speech to fans around the world. Five days later, White suffered a stroke on Christmas Day, and as a result, his favorite TV character died on Dec. 31 at the age of 99.
The video message was added to the updated film, which is scheduled to be shown overnight in cinemas on Monday. The documentary is now titled “Betty White: A Celebration” and has been expanded to 1,500 theaters across the country with Fathom Events.
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“Directly, this is the last thing I or any of us heard from Betty,” Boettcher said. “So it’s definitely bitter.”
The documentary features White and main interviews (including Ryan Reynolds and Carol Burnett) and films from favorite career episodes such as “Golden Girls,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Hot in Cleveland,” and the Mary Tyler Moore Show. The “Offer,” which began a cheerful bitter quarrel between White and Reynolds.
Boettcher wrote White’s chronicle for so long that he joked to his friends that “he’s been with me for the last 10 years,” Boettcher recalls. “And then he winked at everyone in the room,‘ You know what I mean. “
When White died on New Year’s Eve, the cancellation of a theatrical event out of respect for a favorite cultural symbol was discussed. “But Betty’s team is determined to keep it going, and Betty wants to keep it going,” Boettcher said.
In addition to the headline change and White’s added video message, Boettcher found respectable moments from existing interviews, including the words “hot in Cleveland” by Valerie Bertinelli and Jennifer Love-Hewitt, the latter close to White while working on the 2011 Hallmark which was. The Lost Valentine movie.
“They were very close and Jennifer’s message was very welcome,” Boettcher said.
In previously filmed footage, Reynolds showed his usual ridiculously ridiculous joke imagining a world without White.
“Ryan said,“ I’m sure one day a lot of statues will be erected in honor of Betty White. And he jokes about things that are set in his name, ”Boettcher recalls.
According to the director, “Betty White: Celebration” is perfect for a one-night dispatch for fans who can easily celebrate the icon in cinemas.
“It’s one of those really unique moments that unites us,” Boettcher said.
Other tribute events planned for Betty White’s birthday on Monday:
- Hallmark will air a marathon of 40 live episodes of “Golden Girls” on special programs called “Honoring Betty White” and “Lost Valentine” at 20:00 EST / PST will be broadcast.
- Fans gathered with #BettyWhiteChallenge to honor White’s biggest passion – animal welfare, now a popular hashtag on social media. The challenge is simple: donate to any local or national animal shelter, rescue service, or until Jan. 17, or an agency called White.
- NatGeo Wild will air a Betty White Goes Wild show on Monday about its efforts to protect animals (21:00 EST / 18:00 PST; will also air on Disney +)
- GSN will air a four-hour “$ 25,000 Pyramid” episode marathon at 9:00 a.m. EST featuring White.
- Buzzr will air White’s Password Games marathons on Sunday (10:30 EST) and a one-day marathon of other game shows on Monday (8:00 EST).
- On January 31, NBC will air an hour-long special, “Celebrating Betty White: America’s Golden Girl” (10 EST / PST).