Betty White's Daytime Emmy Awards speech made us laugh (and cry)
On Sunday, television legend Betty White received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Daytime Emmy Awards. The 93-year-old actress, who got her start in 1949 and won her first Emmy in 1951 for a show she starred in and produced called Life With Elizabeth, was her usual hilarious self when she stepped up to the microphone. She was also extremely grateful for the honor, one that she undoubtedly deserves many times over.
“I have been in this business for a long time,” White said in her speech. “You may not notice that, but when I started in . . . 1949 I had no idea that I would still be around at this point, for one thing. But that I’d still be privileged enough to still be in this business, and it is such a privilege.”
White’s career has been incredible. She’s one of the icons of TV, starring in hit shows for seven decades. From The Mary Tyler Moore Show, to Golden Girls, to Hot In Cleveland, she’s been blazing a trail for women since her first role in 1945. She first became a household name in the ’50s when she starred as Elizabeth on the television series Life With Elizabeth (remember, that Emmy we mentioned a couple paragraphs above?).
All these years later, White continues to be an inspiration to women in the entertainment industry and outside of it. And even at the age of 93, she’s still embracing fame, comedy, and the love her fans have for her.
White made a big nod to the longevity of her career, saying in her speech: “All those years that I had no idea I’d still be working though [are] so much thanks to you and your mothers and fathers and grandmothers and grandfathers. And a couple of great grandfathers when I was younger.” Of course she said it with a wink, that made the audience roar with laughter.
She’s still got it. We loved seeing a lady we love receive such a ridiculously-deserved honor! Check out her incredibly lovely (and LOL-worthy) speech:
Also, let’s hear it for the other award winners from the show! Here’s a complete list:
Outstanding Drama Series: Days of Our Lives and The Young and the Restless (TIE)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Anthony Geary, General Hospital
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Maura West, General Hospital
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Chad Duell,General Hospital
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Amelia Heinle, The Young and the Restless
Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series: Freddie Smith, Days of Our Lives
Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series: Hunter King, The Young and the Restless
Outstanding Special Guest Performer in a Drama Series: Donna Mills, General Hospital; Fred Willard, The Bold and the Beautiful; Ray Wise, The Young and the Restless
Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team: The Bold and the Beautiful
Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team: The Bold and the Beautiful
Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show: The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host: Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, Live! With Kelly & Michael
Outstanding Informative Talk Show: Steve Harvey
Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host: Mario Batali, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly, Daphne Oz and Michael Symon, The Chew
Outstanding Entertainment News Program: Entertainment Tonight
Outstanding Culinary Program: Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics
Outstanding Game Show: Jeopardy!
Outstanding Game Show Host: Craig Ferguson, Celebrity Name Game
Outstanding Morning Program: CBS Sunday Morning
Outstanding Morning Program in Spanish: Un Nuevo Día