Bob Barker and Betty White don't like each other because of an elephant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
Betty White was good friends with famed author John Steinbeck. White's husband Allen Ludden attended the same school as Steinbeck's wife Elaine. The couples became close friends and Steinbeck gave an early draft of his Nobel Prize acceptance speech to Ludden for his birthday. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bet…
The Golden Girls show was almost called "Miami Nice" instead, and producers originally wanted Betty White to play Blanche Devereaux. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of Betty Ong, a flight attendant aboard American Airlines Flight 11. Ong notified the American Airlines ground crew of the hijacking, staying on the telephone for 25 minutes and relaying vital information that eventually led to the closing of airspace by the FAA for the first time in history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bet…
Hilary Farr, one of the designers on HGTV’s β€œLove It or List It” played Betty Monroe, aka Mrs. Ralph Hapschatt, in β€œRocky Horror Picture Show”. popsugar.com/home/photo-g…
That, due to going hoarse while campaigning, President Gerald Ford's concession speech when he lost to Jimmy Carter was delivered by his wife, Betty history.com/speeches/firs…
Cartoon character Betty Boop was a complete visual and vocal copy of singer/actress Helen Kane, AKA the "Boop Boop a Doop girl." Kane sued over theft of her image but lost when it was discovered she had copied her own act from a Harlem jazz singer, Baby Esther. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
That, as a girl, Betty White wanted to be a forest ranger, but women were not allowed to take that role. She finally achieved her ambition in 2010, when the U.S. Forest Service proclaimed her an honorary forest ranger. fs.usda.gov/news/releases…
Today I learned of Betty Lou Oliver, a woman who survived a 75-story fall in an elevator. She suffered severe burns, and a broken pelvis, back and neck. It remains the world record for the longest survived elevator fall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/194…
Betty White was originally set to play Blanche and Rue McClanahan was set to play Rose. However, with neither actress wanting to be typecast, Golden Girls producers allowed them to switch parts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
That, in 1954, Betty White was criticized for having Arthur Duncan, a black performer, on her show. When the show went national, affiliates from southern states complained and Betty said "I'm sorry. Live with it" and gave Duncan more airtime. The show was soon cancelled. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bet…
The name Betty Crocker was created to personalize responses to consumer inquiries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bet…
In Singin' in the Rain (1952), though much of the plot revolves around Debbie Reynolds' character dubbing for Jean Hagan's character, in reality Reynolds' voice was itself dubbed over in several placesβ€”twice by Betty Noyes, and once by Hagan herself. radiotimes.com/news/2016-…
Betty White's television career has gone on for so long that her first job was in 1939 and involved singing songs on one of the first experimental TV channels en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bet…
The kid starring in Charlie Chaplin's "The Kid" went on to become Uncle Fester in the Addams Family TV series (bonus he married Betty Grable too) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
Betty Shabazz, wife of Malcolm X, was killed by her own twelve-year-old grandson in 1997. Wanting to return to his mother, who was in treatment as part of a plea agreement for plotting to kill Louis Farrakhan, he set his grandmother's apartment on fire. She died weeks later of her injuries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mal…
Hilary Farr, the co-host of the HGTV and W Network television series Love It or List It, was Betty Munroe in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hil…
The song "Black Betty" (made popular by Ram Jam) was recorded for the first time in 1933 by two US musicologists in a texas prison, with the first recorded version preformed by a prisoner called James "iron head" Baker. Original recording in the comments. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Today I learned of Betty Robinson, who won Olympic gold in the 1936 Olympics, after having survived a plane crash, wrongly declared dead, and a 6 month coma. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bet…
Despite being the oldest of the 'golden girls', Betty White has outlived her co-stars monagiza.com/stories/than…
The University of New Hampshire has a gallery on Betty and Barney Hill, known internationally for reporting they had been abducted by aliens in 1961. The exhibit features aliens depicted in a sculpture and drawings, the dress Betty wore, notebooks, photographs, and documents about the abduction newswise.com/articles/exh…
Paris's first Tex-Mex restaurant opened in 1983. Business was slow, but the 1986 film Betty Blue, had characters drinking tequila shots and eating chili con carne, made the food popular. Benayoun said, "after the movie came out, everybody in Paris wanted a shot of tequila and a bowl of chili." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tex…
In 1945, a US Army Air Force B-25 bomber crashed into the Empire State Building. The crash severed an elevator's cables, causing it to plummet 75 stories. The elevator operator Betty Lou Oliver survived the elevator fall, and holds the record for the longest elevator fall survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/194…
That the surviving cast members of the Mary Tyler Moore Show (Gavin McLeod, Ed Asner, Cloris Leachman and Betty White ) have an average age of 92.5 lacrossetribune.com/enter…
Today I learned about elevator operator Betty Oliver, who survived a 75-story fall from the Empire State Building in 1945 when a B-25 crashed into it due to fog. 3 crewman and 11 people in the building died. Betty, who died in 1999, still holds the Guinness World Record for longest survived elevator fall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/194…
Betty Lynn, the actress who played Thelma Lou on the Andy Griffith Show, moved in 2007 from her native Los Angeles to Mount Airy, NC, the inspiration for Mayberry, where she is treated like royalty and still visits with fans at age 93. blueridgecountry.com/depa…
For the Season 3 Christmas episode in 1977, Saturday Night Live held an "Anyone Can Host" contest, with the winner being an 80-year-old grandmother from New Orleans named Miskel Spillman. Spillman was the oldest-ever host of SNL until 88-year-old Betty White hosted in 2010. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
Betty White is older than Mickey Mouse. huffingtonpost.com/entry/…
The F/A-18 warning system uses an authoritative female/maternal voice to get pilot attention. Known to crew members as "Bitchin Betty" youtube.com/watch?v=pnMfn…
Betty White holds the record for "longest television career of any female or male entertainer." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bet…
In 2010, the Forest Service made Betty White an honorary forest ranger. White said in previous interviews that she wanted to be a forest ranger as a little girl but that women were not allowed to do that then. When White received the honor, more than 1/3 of Forest Service employees were women. wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_…
James and Betty Jones learned what a James Beard Award was on the day that they won one. atlasobscura.com/places/j…
Former US president Gerald Ford, his wife Betty Ford, and politician Henry Kissinger all made guest appearances as themselves in a 1983 episode of night-time soap Dynasty ew.com/article/1993/12/17…
Betty White is a huge animal lover who would have become a zookeeper had she not gone into acting. She rejected a role in "As Good As It Gets" because of an animal cruelty scene, she visits local zoos when traveling, and she's been a long-term board member and generous donor to the L.A. Zoo. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Singer Helen Kane sued Fleischer Studios for basing Betty Boop's singing style on her and demanded royalties. She lost because Fleischer lawyers proved that Kane stole the style from African American singer Esther Jones. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bab…
Aunt Bethany in Christmas Vacation sounds familiar because she was the voice of Betty Boop and Olive Oyl in the 30s, 40s, and 50s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mae…
Betty White has held the honorary title of Mayor of Hollywood since 1955 hollywood.com/general/hap…
In 1945 an airplane crashed into the Empire State Building, injuring elevator operator Betty Oliver. When rescuers attempted to lower her on an elevator, the cable snapped, plunging her 75 stories down. She survived the fall, and to this day holds the record for longest survived elevator fall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B-2…
The famous character BETTY BOOP was based on Helen Kane's real voice & appearance, but she based HER jazz act & routine after a little Black girl called "Baby Esther" when the child performed at The Cotton Club in Harlem. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
During the Battle of the Bulge, English-speaking German commandos impersonated U.S. military and sabotaged communications. This led to such suspicion among troops that General Omar Bradley had to prove his identity three times–by answering questions about football and Betty Grable. history.com/this-day-in-h…
Jamie Farr, the actor who played Section-8 hopeful cross-dresser Corporal Klinger in M*A*S*H*, was costumed using hand-me-downs from the the 20th Century Fox wardrobe department, including garments originally worn by Betty Grable and Ginger Rogers. americanhistory.si.edu/bl…
Richard James invented the Slinky (1943), developed a machine to produce them, and started a company to sell them. In 1960, his wife Betty filed for divorce and he became an evangelical missionary. Betty managed the company and it sold in 1998. James died in 1974, she died in 2008. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sli…
Paul Simon's song You Can Call Me Al was inspired by meeting composer & NY Philharmonic conductor Pierre Boulez at a party where Boulez mistakenly called Simon "Al" and his wife Peggy "Betty" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You…
First Lady Betty Ford was a supporter of the equal rights amendment (ERA), publicly pro-choice, and a breast cancer survivor who raised awareness about breast cancer as well as alcohol addiction as a result of her own struggle with both conditions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bet…
, Betty White is older than sliced bread. Betty White was born in 1922 and sliced bread was introduced in 1928. huffingtonpost.com/2014/0…
An Australian fast-food chain called Chicken Treat let a chicken named Betty write out it's tweets by pecking at a keyboard. Apparently, if Betty did manage to hit 5 keys in a row to form a word, she'd get into the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's first chicken to tweet in English. cnet.com/news/betty-the-t…
Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz, killed his grandmother in 1997 by setting fire to her apartment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mal…
Lawsuits against God have been filed. In 1970, Betty Penrose sued God for causing a lightning bolt to strike her house and won. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law…
The actor who played Uncle Fester, Jackie Coogan, also starred as the kid with Charlie Chaplin in "The Kid". After his parents spent almost all of his $3-$4 million earnings, the "Coogan Bill" was passed to protect child actors. He was also a WWII pilot and married to Betty Grable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
Of Betty Robinson, a US Olympic runner who was believed to have died in a plane crash, but instead was in a coma. In a wheelchair for 6 months and unable to walk properly for 2 years. She then went on to win a Gold medal in the Relay Race. wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_…

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