Betty White’s comedy chops continue to be put on display.
While they aren’t being put on display in life-form, they are being put on display physically at the National Comedy Center.
Wednesday, September 14, marked the 37th anniversary of the debut of “The Golden Girls” on TV
What a GLORIOUS DAY!
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The National Comedy Center received rare artifacts, wardrobe and awards from the late-icon’s estate.
These artifacts will become part of the Center’s permanent archives.
The National Comedy Center is a United States’ cultural institution dedicated to the art form of comedy.
Betty White’s Estate Donated Rare Artifacts
The collection consists of pieces from White’s award-winning work on “The Golden Girls,” “Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Hot In Cleveland.”
Per the NCC’s official website, the pieces include a “Rose Nylund sweater, an Elka Ostrovsky tracksuit from ‘HIC’ and a gown work by White at the 1985 Emmy Awards.
It is now on display at the National Comedy Center’s Museum in Jamestown, New York.
The Betty White Collection Is Officially On Display!
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White’s donated collection also features scripts with notes scribble on them by the actress and five Emmy statuettes.
“Betty White has had a remarkable impact on the world of comedy. She brought laughter to millions and made it look effortless, when in fact, she was a true master of the art form,” stated National Comedy Center executive director Journey Gunderson. “Betty’s story and her body of work have united, entertained, and inspired generations of fans, and her performances are infused with a genuine love for the comedic craft. Her story is a remarkable one, not least because of the unerring grace and resilience she modeled as an artist navigating an evolving entertainment industry across seven decades – never losing relevancy and never failing to reinvent herself and her work to meet the moment. We are truly honored to celebrate Betty White in our galleries and to preserve her materials for generations to come.”
Glenn Kaplan, the representative of White’s estate said, “We are delighted to donate these important pieces from Betty White’s career to the National Comedy Center, the nation’s official home for the celebration and preservation of comedy.”
Betty’s Friends Praise Her
White’s dear friend and fellow comedian, Carol Burnett, also released a statement regarding the museum’s debut of the Betty White collection.
“Betty would have been thrilled to be celebrated at the National Comedy Center — not only because it’s the official museum for comedy but because it’s located in her dear friend Lucille Ball’s hometown and based on Lucy’s vision. It was one of the honors of my life to have both Betty and Lucy as close friends and cherished mentors, and to have worked so closely with them through the years. Now their legacies are preserved, side by side, for generations to come, which makes me very happy. We all miss them both dearly but their comedy is timeless.” Burnett commented.
Her ”Hot In Cleveland” co-star, Valerie Bertinelli, added, “It was pure joy to work with Betty for five years on ‘HIC.’ I’m so very pleased that everyone who loved Betty can now visit the National Comedy Center and remember her incredible talent, her wonderful sense of humor and her extraordinary kindness.”