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The Happy Hoofer: 1954

The Happy Hoofer: 1954

Circa 1954. "Actress Betty White on the set of her local Los Angeles daytime television show." Another look at this ageless entertainer, from unpublished photos by Maurice Terrell and Earl Theisen for Look magazine. View full size.

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What about the later shows?

Betty White was a regular on the Mary Tyler Moore show as well as the Golden Girls. You should remember her well if you are 63. She is still acting.

[Let us not forget "Date With the Angels." - Dave]

Intermittently sporadic

Betty starred in a sitcom called "Life With Elizabeth, which compiled only 14 episodes over a two-year period (1953-55), so was either on the Dumont Network or held in reserve by one of the majors to be trotted out every time another show was cancelled and its replacement wasn't quite ready.

[You seem to be basing the episode count on the incomplete cast listings in the Internet Movie Database. There were actually 65 episodes produced. Also, the show was distributed in syndication to individual stations, not on any of the networks. -tterrace]

Yes, I was. Thanks. (There goes a great title, though).

Actress? Ankle?

What was she in? I only ever heard her on game shows, both TV and radio. But then, I'm only 63 so maybe it was before my time.

And wow, that heel looks like it's about to dump her and hurt her ankle.

Way back when

I remember back around 1950 when Betty was part of Al Jarvis' radio show "Make Believe Ballroom" and they were broadcasting outside the studio. My brother auditioned for a segment of the show; I remember Betty talking to my brother and I before the broadcast as she was very gracious. I can't remember if my brother was asked to be a part of the show that day but the experience was so very worth being there.

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