Betty White Documentary Commemorating 100th Birthday to Screen as Planned in Theaters

Betty White, the actress and comedian who has won five Emmy Awards for her performance as Rose Nylund on The Mary Tyler Moore Show will have a documentary produced in celebration of her 100th birthday. While this is not an event that comes around very often, it was thought to be so special that theaters are currently showing the film without charging admission.

Betty White, a comedic actress and television icon, is turning 100 on Sunday. To celebrate her birthday, the documentary “Betty White: A Look Back” will be shown in theaters across the country from September 27-October 1. The film will also be available for digital download on iTunes and Amazon Prime Video.



Betty White, an entertainment legend, died last Friday at the age of 99, but her 100th birthday celebrations will continue on as scheduled. According to the film’s producers, Betty White: 100 Years Young, which was initially scheduled to run in cinemas for one night only on what would have been White’s 100th birthday on January 17th, will still be shown as planned (via Deadline). Producers Steve Boettcher and Mike Trinklein posted a statement on the documentary’s Fathom Events page, lamenting White’s death and hoping that the film would “offer a means for those who loved her to celebrate her life—and experience what made her such a national treasure.”

“Betty White passed away today, and our hearts are broken. We gained a deep affection and regard for Betty as a person and as an outstanding performer during the many years we worked with her “The statement is as follows: “We are grateful for the many years of joy she offered to all of us. Betty used to joke that she was the ‘luckiest broad on two feet’ to have had such a lengthy career. And, to be honest, we were the fortunate ones to have had her for such a long time.”

“We will proceed with our preparations to screen the film on January 17 in the hopes that our film will allow anyone who loved her to honor her life—and see what made her such a national treasure,” the statement said.

The documentary has excerpts from series including The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls, Hot in Cleveland, SNL, the film The Proposal, and more, as well as White narrating anecdotes about her life. Ryan Reynolds, Tina Fey, Robert Redford, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Jay Leno, Carol Burnett, Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel, Valerie Bertinelli, James Corden, Wendy Malick, and Jennifer Love Hewitt are among those that speak about White’s career in the documentary.

On Friday, December 31st, the Golden Girls actress and comedy legend died at the age of 99 at her Los Angeles home. White was just a few weeks away from turning 100. White had a lengthy career in the entertainment industry, beginning with radio and as a disc jockey before moving to television in the late 1940s. For her stings on Password, Match Game, Tattletales, To Tell the Truth, The Hollywood Squares, and The $25,000 Pyramid, she became known as “The First Lady of Gameshows.” She also appeared in various television shows, including The Mary Tyler Moore Show’s Sue Ann Nivens and The Golden Girls’ Rose Nylund.

“I assumed Betty would live forever, even though she was going to turn 100,” her agent and close friend Jeff Witjas told PEOPLE. “I’ll miss her dearly, as will the animal world, which she adored. Betty never seemed to be afraid of dying since she always wanted to be with her loving husband Allen Ludden. She was certain that she would see him again.” 

On January 17th, Betty White: 100 Years Young – A Birthday Celebration will be shown in select cinemas for one day only.

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The “betty white 100th birthday special” is a documentary that will be airing on the television channel, TCM. The film will commemorate Betty White’s 100th birthday and screen as planned in theaters.

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