"Being in show business is like being in a very small town and no matter how old you get and the more years that pile up, I walk on a set now and somebody up in the rafters says, 'Hey Betty! Nice to see you again!' I don't know how I lucked in, but boy I'm tasting every minute. Don't look back on something and say, 'Gee wasn't that great, I didn't realize it at the time.' Realize it as you go along. Taste it for what it is now."
About This Interview
In her one-hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Betty White talks about her early aspirations before setting on a career in television and appearing on several early live and local Los Angeles broadcasts. She describes her first show Life with Elizabeth, and becoming one of the first television stars to form her own production company with the help of producer Don Fedderson. She recounts her time playing "Sue Ann Nivens" on the classic Mary Tyler Moore Show, including the famous "Chuckles Bites the Dust" episode. White discusses the importance of humor in her life, and playing "Rose Nylund" for seven season on The Golden Girls. She speaks of her "bag of tricks" as an actress, as well as the business side of the entertainment industry. She discusses her prolific career on several game shows including Match Game and Password. She outlines her then-current role as "Catherine Piper" on Boston Legal, and working on that show with co-star William Shatner. She concludes with some words of wisdom for aspiring television performers, and comments on her career longevity. Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview at Emerson College on March 11, 2005.