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President Biden calls Betty White a “cultural icon who will be sorely missed”



Betty White speaks onstage during the 70th Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Betty White took the stage at the 2018 Emmy Awards to a standing ovation.

White was honored for her more than 80 years in show business, including several decades in television.

“Somebody said something the other day about first lady of television, and I took it as a big compliment,” White said. “Then came the punchline, ‘And then I heard her talking to her daughter a little later, and she said, ‘first lady, she’s that old. She was the first one way back.’”


White, who starred on hit shows like “The Golden Girls” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” was also poignant.

“Little did I dream then, that I would be here and it’s incredible that I’m still in this business and that you are still putting up with me,” White said. “I am thanking you. It’s incredible that you can stay in a career this long and still have people put up with you. I wish they did that at home.”

She got the crowd laughing again with a joke about “Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels.

“I want to thank Lorne Michaels, not only this tonight but all the wonderful things he has done with me, no for me,” White quipped. “All I can say is it’s such a blessed business to be in and how lucky can be I be and how much I say thank you to each and every one of you.”

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