Betty White Opens Up About Her First Emmy Awards, In 1951


For those of us who first experienced the magic of Betty White on The Golden Girls, it’s interesting to think that we’d already missed out on forty years of her career. I can’t even wrap my brain around how much work this person done over the years/generations—it’s astounding. And it really gets put into perspective with stories like this. People asked White about her first time at the Emmy Awards, in 1951, and her response was amazing. Click inside for more—and for a better look at that photo!

People has the deets:

Betty White can’t remember what she wore to her first Emmys, but she has a good excuse – it was 63 years ago!

“I haven’t a clue,” White tells PEOPLE of her first time at the ceremony in 1951. “I’m sorry. I should, but I don’t have a clue.”


But the Hot in Cleveland star – who is nominated this year for hosting Betty White’s Off Their Rockers on Lifetime – has no trouble recalling her win for Most Outstanding Female Personality, a Los Angeles regional award she won in 1952.

“Zsa Zsa Gabor was also nominated and was at my table. When they came around to our award, Zsa Zsa got her purse out and powdered her nose and put her lipstick on,” says White, 92, who was starring in Life with Elizabeth at the time. “I didn’t think there was a prayer. I was just interested in seeing how it came out, but they announced my name instead of Zsa Zsa’s. I was just in shock. I could not believe it. And I don’t think Zsa Zsa could either.”

White has been nominated 21 times, and has won 7 Emmys. Reading all of this, I really have a new appreciation for her stardom. Can’t wait to see her on the big night!


  • ECK

    She is certainly a national treasure.