Betty White’s 100th birthday celebration coming to theaters nationwide
The TV legend, activist, comedian and actress has had one of the longest careers in television history, transforming into a national treasure over the decades.
LOS ANGELES - Betty White is turning 100 in January, and the beloved star is inviting fans to celebrate with a one-day movie event featuring her best TV moments and more.
"Betty White: 100 Years Young — A Birthday Celebration" will play in nearly 900 movie theaters on Jan. 17, 2022, the day of White’s centenary, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m local time.
The film, which runs 1 hour and 40 minutes, offers a "revealing glimpse" into the actress’ life, including behind-the-scenes on set, working with her office staff, entertaining at home and even scenes from her actual birthday party. It features clips from some of her most famous roles, including "The Golden Girls," hosting "Saturday Night Live," "Hot in Cleveland," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and even a lost episode from White's early sitcom in the 1950s.
Fathom Events, which is distributing the film, said special guests include Ryan Reynolds, Tina Fey, Robert Redford, Lin Manuel- Miranda, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Jay Leno, Carol Burnett, Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel, Valerie Bertinelli, James Corden, Wendy Malick and Jennifer Love Hewitt.
"Who doesn’t love a party?!? This one is gonna be great," White said in a statement.
FILE - Actress Betty White attends The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association's (GLAZA) 45th Annual Beastly Ball at the Los Angeles Zoo on June 20, 2015, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
White, whose career has spanned more than 75 years, has a legacy much deeper than some may realize. She is recognized as the first woman to produce a sitcom and one of the first women to have control both in front of and behind the camera, according to the Television Academy.
She’s received eight Emmy Awards in various categories — five Primetime and three Daytime — as well as three American Comedy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild awards, and a Grammy. She was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1985 and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1988.
Earlier this year, White was honored as the 2021 "Woman of the Year" by California state legislators.
"We didn’t want this day to pass without bringing together all the people that love her, from her co-stars and friends to her many millions of fans of all ages, to celebrate her 100th birthday with an entertaining and loving look at what makes Betty a national treasure," Steve Boettcher, the film’s producer and director, said in a statement.
Tickets are now available for the film on Fathom Events’ website, which offers a list of participating locations by zip code.
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This story was reported from Cincinnati.