All-ages media superstar BETTY WHITE’s stunning confession about her first Emmy win – more than fifty years ago! AND what is the secret connection to ZSA ZSA GABOR?!
"Most of what I can resurrect about that evening in 1952 was the total shock I felt when I won and Zsa Zsa Gabor lost," Betty, 88, writes in The Hollywood Reporter.
"I was nominated for lead actress in a comedy for my show Life With Elizabeth, a 30-minute comedy about a husband and wife.
"On the day of the awards, I spent the morning working on my daytime talk program The Betty White Show.
The Emmys weren’t a big thing back then — more like a little local awards show. So I worked in the morning and went home and got dressed as if I were just going to a dinner.
"The ceremony was at the Coconut Grove at the Ambassador Hotel. There were no photographers and no red carpet. You just got out of your car and walked into the dinner. It wasn’t even an event where people mingled and partied. You came for the awards and left," Betty remembered.
"Everyone was so sure that Zsa Zsa Gabor was going to win for Bachelor’s Haven, I didn’t even think twice about winning. I was thrilled beyond words to be nominated and recognized, especially considering I’d been working six days a week — with no script!
When it came time to announce our category, Zsa Zsa took out her compact and lipstick to freshen up. Just as the presenter was about to announce the winner, she pushed out her chair to get up. And then the presenter announced my name!
"Well, I almost fainted right there," Betty, 88, admitted.
" And, believe me, Zsa Zsa was just as shocked."
Betty, enjoying a much-deserved career resurrection, is back in the Emmy spotlight for her guest turn hosting Saturday Night Live after a whirlwind Facebook campaign.