Betty White was one of the most talented and iconic actresses in American film and television. Fortunately, we have this 1987 special of “This Is Your Life” to look back on the story of Betty White.
Originally hosted and produced by Ralph Edwards beginning in 1948, “This Is Your Life” was a reality TV series that featured the stories of celebrities’ lives. In the late 1980s, Edwards came back for a few special episodes, including this one.
Unlike most interviews and talk shows, the celebrities who appeared on “This Is Your Life” didn’t know they would be featured. So, when the show reviewed a celebrity’s life, the celebrity’s reactions were genuine.
For this reason, viewers flocked to the show to see a more holistic view of the celebrities they already loved, and few personalities were as universally adored as Betty White.
But this episode is more timely than ever. For those who weren’t alive to remember Betty White’s earlier years, this episode serves as a beautiful retelling of Betty White’s inspiring life story.
As Ralph Edwards recounts the story of her life, the audience gets a glimpse at the real Betty White. When he talks about her husband, Allen Ludden, we see her genuine emotional response.
We will always be able to look back and remember the wonderful woman she was in classic moments like this one. If only we could have an updated ‘This is Your Life’ that captures her whole life.