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'Golden Girls' Star's Death Goes Viral... Five Years Later?

6/12/2015 6:33pm EDT
Rue McClanahan
Rue McClanahan's death at the age of 76 has just gone viral. Which is a little peculiar… considering McClanahan passed away in 2010.

According to CBS News, social media has been pouring its heart out for the former "Golden Girls" actress all week, despite the fact that she's been dead for several years. However, CBS also did a little snooping around, and seemed to figure out what was causing this bizarre viral sensation.

It seems a "Golden Girls" fan shared an obituary of McClanahan from when she first passed away. Users on Twitter and Facebook didn't bother to look at the finer details- ...

Betty White Inducted Into NAB Hall Of Fame

4/18/2012 9:27am EDT
Betty White
Golden Girls legend Betty White is the latest star to enter the National Association of Broadcasters' Hall of Fame.

The veteran actress was inducted into the prestigious institution at a special ceremony in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

White was selected for the honor in recognition of her lengthy career, her seven Emmy Awards and her numerous TV and film roles.

NAB President-CEO Gordon Smith says, "Betty White is admired by generations of audiences. She has remarkable energy and an incredible ability to connect with viewers. Betty's contributions to television and entertainment as a whole a...

TV Ratings: 'NCIS' Reclaims Top Spot ' While Game Of Thrones' Premiere Scores Big

4/4/2012 10:17am EDT
Once again, every network had at least something to cheer about. CBS had a strong showing, not only from its usual procedurals, but also NCAA basketball over the weekend. It’s not very often a Top 5 show airs on Saturday. That’s barely happened since ‘The Golden Girls’ was on the air.

The network’s ‘NCIS’ was tops with a new episode, but it was followed closely by the new season of ABC’s ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ That show also helped ‘Castle’ and ‘Body of Proof’ perform stronger than usual.

‘American Idol’ and ‘The Voice,’ in particular, haven’t exactly been reigning lately. The two edit...

Betty White's 'Off Their Rockers' Promises Silly Fun

4/2/2012 5:30pm EDT
Betty White
Did you miss ‘Candid Camera’ or ‘Totally Hidden Video’? Or perhaps ‘Bloopers and Practical Jokes’? If so, Betty White’s got you covered.

You’re not wrong if you think the actress and TV icon, who turned 90 in January, seems to be everywhere. She won yet another SAG award in January, her sitcom ‘Hot in Cleveland’ recently returned for a new season and NBC recently bedazzled her with a star-studded birthday blowout. She has two new books, appears frequently in commercials and now is the head of yet another TV show, ‘Betty White’s Off Their Rockers.’

The premise of the show is pretty simple...

Betty White To Be Roasted By The Friars Club

3/1/2012 11:31am EST
Betty White
Betty White will follow in the footsteps of Quentin Tarantino, Billy Crystal and Barbra Streisand as she is inducted into the legendary Friars Club.

The Golden Girls star will be put in the hot seat as a host of comics and former colleagues line up to mock and ridicule her career at the organization's annual 'roast' later this year.

However, the veteran actress, who turned 90 in January, has promised to give as good as she gets.

She says, "Those Friars may think I'm an easy mark but I have 90 years of comebacks waiting for them. This is such an honor to be roasted by the Friars Club. ...

Happy 90th Birthday, Betty White!

1/17/2012 9:00am EST
Betty White in The Golden Girls
TV veteran Betty White has a big reason to celebrate on Tuesday - America's favorite Golden Girl turns 90.

Known for her comedic chops and charming wit on hit shows like "Hot in Cleveland," "The Golden Girls" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," White boasts a successful career, which now spans seven decades.

And she doesn't appear to be slowing down with age - on Monday night bosses at network NBC paid tribute to the legend's career by airing a star-studded TV special, which featured Hugh Jackman and Carol Burnett, among others, paying tribute to the birthday girl - and she is just about to ...

Betty White Named America's Most Trusted Star

8/19/2011 11:26am EDT
Betty White
Betty White is America's Golden Girl - she's the celebrity most trusted to front a company's campaign, according to a new poll.

In the survey by Reuters, Americans voted the beloved 89-year-old actress as the best person to drive up business for any brand she endorsed, with an 86 per cent lead.

Next in the popularity stakes is Denzel Washington with 85 per cent, Sandra Bullock is third (84 per cent) with acting legend Clint Eastwood fourth and Tom Hanks in fifth.

The top ten is rounded out by Harrison Ford, Morgan Freeman, Catherine, Duchess of Cornwall, Will Smith and Johnny Depp.


'Vintage' Actress Linda Hamilton Pleads For Marine Corps Ball Invite (Video)

7/20/2011 8:13am EDT
Linda Hamilton
Actress Linda Hamilton has pleaded with a U.S. Marine to invite her to an upcoming military ball after Betty White turned down his offer.

Sergeant Ray Lewis became the latest military man to invite a celebrity as a date after asking the ageing Golden Girls star to the Marine Corps Ball in November in a video posted online over the weekend.

Unlike Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, who have both accepted invites to attend other military balls, White turned down the offer due to scheduling conflicts.

But now The Terminator star Hamilton has reached out to Sgt. Lewis, suggesting she goes a...

Top Ten TV Goodbyes: Who Makes The List?

5/20/2011 5:00pm EDT
The Office Goodbye Michael
With Steve Carell leaving ‘The Office’ last month, it’s time to reflect on big goodbye episodes. I thought ‘The Office’ pulled off his departure well, although I’m not sure how I feel about the future of the show.

Here’s my top ten list of other shows that have successfully sent a character off in style. The rules: it is a true “goodbye” episode with a major character or star departing. If it happens off-screen, it doesn’t count. So that’s why I’m not including some obvious departures, such as Rhoda Morgenstern, Frank Burns, Coach Pantusso, etc.

Here they are. Do you agree?

10. T.R....

Betty White Revolted By 'Ungrateful' Stars

4/8/2011 12:27pm EDT
Betty White
Veteran actress Betty White has taken aim at "ungrateful" stars including Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen as she's convinced they "don't appreciate" their fame.

The Golden Girls star, 89, insists she has worked hard to carve out a long-running career in show business and she is horrified to see other performers who "party too much" and take their success for granted. And White has harsh words for celebrities who don't share her work ethic.

She tells Britain's Daily Mail, "They party too much, don't learn their lines, are unprofessional and they grumble about everything. I think they are...

'Laverne & Shirley' Actress Betty Garrett Dies

2/13/2011 3:55pm EST
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Betty Garrett, best known for her TV roles in Laverne & Shirley and All in the Family, has died, according to The Associated Press. She was 91.

Garrett died Saturday, probably from an aortic aneurysm, at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, her son, Garrett Parks, told the news agency. She had checked into the hospital the day before with...

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Happy 89th Birthday, Betty White!

1/17/2011 9:34am EST
Betty White
Veteran actress Betty White celebrates the beginning of her last year as an octogenarian today - the beloved funnywoman turns 89.

The Emmy award-winning star rose to fame hosting her own radio shows before moving into TV with hit programs including "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "The Golden Girls."

Recently she's enjoyed a career revival, appearing in "The Proposal" alongside Sandra Bullock in 2009 and hosting comedy favorite "Saturday Night Live" last year after a Facebook campaign by fans.

To celebrate White's birthday and as a toast to her return to success, WENN has compiled 10 fas...

Veteran Actress Anne Francis Dies At Age 80

1/3/2011 9:17pm EST
Anne Francis
Veteran actress Anne Francis, best known for film roles in the 1950s, including the lead in ‘Forbidden Planet’ opposite Leslie Nielsen, has died of cancer. She was 80 years old and had been suffering from the disease since 2007.

Francis first became famous in the 1950s in several lead parts opposite such leading men as Nielsen, Spencer Tracey, Paul Newman and Glenn Ford. A stunningly beautiful blonde with big eyes and a memorable beauty mark, Francis made a name for herself in television after her movie roles dwindled.

She was the female lead in the 1965-66 series ‘Honey West’ in which ...

2010 Year In Entertainment Review: June

1/1/2011 7:00pm EST
Megan Fox
June was a bumper wedding month with Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green marrying on a beach in Hawaii, while Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart wed after seven years together. Gemma Arterton married Stefano Catelli, and Alanis Morissette married MC Souleye. British newsman Piers Morgan wed Celia Walden and Mena Suvari married music producer Simone Sestitos. Glee star Jane Lynch married Lara Embry in a civil partnership ceremony – and love was also in the air for Orlando Bloom, who announced his engagement to longterm girlfriend Miranda Kerr.

"Ugly Betty" star America Ferrera became engage...

Notable 2010 Celebrity Deaths

12/31/2010 8:00am EST
2010 Celeb Deaths
Fortunately, 2010 wasn't a big one for celebrity deaths. In 2009, several notables died, including Michael Jackson, Patrick Swayze and Farrah Fawcett.

May was a particularly bad month, in which stars such as Gary Coleman and Dennis Hopper passed away.

Casey Johnson, Johnson & Johnson heiress and fiancee of reality star Tila Tequila, died January 4 from diabetic ketoacidosis.

"All My Children" patriarch James Mitchell died on January 22, weeks shy of his 90th birthday. The cause was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease complicated by pneumonia.

"Poltergeist" star Zelda Rubenstein di...

This Week's Shining & Falling Stars: Betty White and Reese Witherspoon

12/25/2010 5:00pm EST
Betty White Reese Witherspoon
Shining Star– Betty White: A “Golden Girl” is becoming a pin-up girl. After an incredibly lucrative 2010 - which included a hosting gig on “Saturday Night Live”, a role on the TV Land Show “Hot in Cleveland”, and a much buzzed-about Snickers commercial – Betty White is taking her career to the next level in 2011. The experienced entertainer has her very own calendar.

The kitsch-tastic product is appropriately called “The Betty White Calendar”, and features the seasoned senior citizen posing on the cover with some serious man candy.

And just in case the idea of an 88-year-old actress do...

Bea Arthur Took Marine STD Secret To The Grave

12/21/2010 11:36pm EST
Bea Arthur
Late Golden Girls star Bea Arthur took a secret to the grave - she reportedly contracted a venereal disease while she was serving in the Marine Corps.

Friends insist the actress never talked about her military service for fear someone would dig deeper and uncover her most embarrassing details.

But newly-released government documents, obtained by America's Globe tabloid, expose the truth.

Arthur received a single misconduct report while she was stationed at Cherry Point in North Carolina in the mid-1940s and charged with "incapacitation for duty."

The actress, who passed away in 2009, wa...

Betty White: 'It's Just Been A Lovely Year'

12/21/2010 12:54pm EST
Betty White
Beloved TV veteran Betty White has spoken of her joy after she was named Entertainer Of The Year, beating the cast of hit show Glee to the title.

The Golden Girls star has enjoyed a career resurgence in recent months, appearing alongside Sandra Bullock in The Proposal and landing a guest hosting spot on hit U.S. show Saturday Night Live.

Now, the Associated Press has voted White as the standout entertainer who had the most influence on culture in 2010, ahead of the Glee stars, who landed in second place, with director James Cameron, host Conan O'Brien and the iPod tying for third spot. ...

'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia' Recap: Mac's Mom Burns Her House Down

10/22/2010 9:19am EDT
Rob McElhenny
Perhaps with the latest episode, the Sunny writers wanted to pay homage to Betty White's newfound superstardom and/or the deaths of the other Golden Girls over the last few years. I don't know. All I know is that when Season 6 of Sunny comes to DVD, I'll feel the same way about this ep as I do about Golden Girls overall—while it's amusing and has some really funny bits, it's not something I'll feel compelled to watch over and over.

Of course, I'm always happy to see Mac's mom, who, as the episode title suggests, is central to the plot. After Mrs. Mac falls asleep with a cigarette in her mo...

Jennifer Aniston Is The World's Most Eligible Bachelorette

10/4/2010 10:15pm EDT
Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston has been named the most eligible single woman in the world in a new 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll.

The former "Friends" star is currently living the life of a bachelorette after enjoying romances with singer John Mayer and actor Vince Vaughn, following her divorce from Brad Pitt in 2005.

And her single status has placed her ahead of Halle Berry in the new survey.

Aniston garnered 29 per cent of the votes; Berry was second with 21 per cent.

Tiger Woods' ex-wife Elin Nordegren, veteran "Golden Girls" star Betty White and Lady Gaga also made the top five.


'Body Snatchers' Actor Kevin McCarthy Dead At 96

9/12/2010 7:48pm EDT
Kevin McCarthy in 2005.
Actor Kevin McCarthy, best known for his role in 1956's 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' and Oscar-nominated for 'Death of a Salesman' in 1952, has died at age 96, of natural causes.

McCarthy maintained film credits all the way up to 2010, most recently with short films.

Known for his chiseled jaw and for playing everyman parts, McCarthy will be forever remembered for playing Dr. Miles Bennell in the sci-fi classic 'Body Snatchers,' which sparked a flurry of rip-off B movies.

He is also well-known for a memorable guest spot on the original 'Twilight Zone' in the episode 'Long Live Walter...

Betty White Gets Her Own Comic Book

9/8/2010 3:30pm EDT
Betty White
Veteran actress Betty White is set to become the star of her very own comic book, chronicling her decades-long career.

The 88-year-old Golden Girls star has signed a deal with Bluewater Productions to be drawn as a cartoon for Female Force: Betty White. The 32-page book will hit comic stores in November and feature moments from her career, including her days on 1970s sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show and her small screen comeback on Hot in Cleveland earlier this year.

Bluewater president and founder Darren G. Davis says, "Betty White has had such an amazing entertainment career... it's o...

Son Regrets Selling Estelle Getty's Emmy Trophy

8/28/2010 1:28pm EDT
Golden Girls
The son of late actress Estelle Getty regrets selling off the Emmy Award she won for her role in "The Golden Girls" - insisting he should have donated the trophy to a museum.

Getty died in 2008 and her sons Carl and Barry Gettleman failed to agree on how to split her possessions, and the 1988 best supporting actress prize was sold to an anonymous buyer in an auction of her belongings.

The statue later turned up on, much to the chagrin of bosses at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, who attempted to have the sale stopped.

It is not known where the trophy ended up, but Car...

Betty White Wins Fifth Emmy

8/22/2010 5:27pm EDT
Betty White
Veteran actress Betty White picked up her fifth Emmy on Saturday - walking away with a trophy at the 2010 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards for her work hosting "Saturday Night Live."

The "Golden Girls" favorite has enjoyed a huge career resurgence over the last 12 months, and was the subject of a campaign to get her to front the hit comedy sketch show.

And her fans' dedication was worth it - White won the prize for Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her appearance on the show in May.

Another host who went home a winner on Saturday was Neil Patrick Harris - he picked up ...

Betty White To Write An Advice Book

8/18/2010 2:20pm EDT
Betty White
Veteran Golden Girl Betty White will share all about her life lessons in a new advice book.

The actress, 88, has experienced a career resurgence in recent months after drawing laughs during an appearance on hit sketch show Saturday Night Live and successfully launching her own TV comedy series, Hot in Cleveland. And she is set to share the secrets to her success in a new tome after signing a two-book deal with publisher G.O. Putnam's Sons, reports the Associated Press.

Listen Up! will hit book shelves next spring, while a second release, The Zoo and I: Betty and Her Friends, will follow...

Cybill Shepherd Desperately Wants To Join 'Hot In Cleveland'

7/28/2010 8:16am EDT
Cybill Shepherd
Cybill Shepherd has issued a public plea to Hollywood veteran Betty White - she wants to be a part of the former "Golden Girls" star's hit new sitcom.

White, 88, is currently in the middle of a career revival thanks to a SuperBowl commercial, an appearance on top comedy show "Saturday Night Live" and her TV comeback in "Hot in Cleveland," opposite Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick.

The sitcom is such a hit with viewers, bosses at the TV Land network, where the show airs, have commissioned a second season - and former "Moonlighting" star Shepherd, 60, is desperate to join t...

Betty White To Play An Unhinged Anthropology Professor On NBC's 'Community'

7/14/2010 2:07pm EDT
Betty White
Betty White will guest-star in the season premiere of NBC's hit comedy "Community." She will play professor June Bauer, an esteemed, but slightly unhinged anthropology professor.

White was recently nominated for another Emmy for her work as host of a "Saturday Night Live" in May.

White is best known for her performance as Rose Nylund on NBC's "The Golden Girls," the beloved comedy series that aired from 1985 to 1992. Previously, she co-starred as Sue Ann Nivens in the classic comedy series "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."

Sylvester Stallone Laments 'Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot'

7/14/2010 11:00am EDT
Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone regrets making comedies like Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot - because they ruined his career. The movie star teamed up with Golden Girls star Estelle Getty in the 1992 film and he now accepts it was a big mistake - because his fans didn't approve of him making something so silly.

Stallone tells Cigar Aficionado magazine, "The audience expects certain kinds of films out of certain actors. I made the mistake of going too far off the beaten track. John Wayne knew what his audience wanted; he never would have made Stop! or My Mom Will Shoot. People underestimate the relationsh...

Betty White Among The California Hall Of Fame Inductees

7/8/2010 6:00pm EDT
Betty White
Superstar Barbra Streisand, Golden Girl Betty White and director James Cameron are set to be inducted into the California Hall of Fame among the class of 2010.

Action man-turned-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has selected 14 honorees for the December ceremony. Country singer Merle Haggard, tennis ace Serena Williams and founder Mark Zuckerberg are also set to be honored by the state.

Unveiling the 2010 inductees, Schwarzenegger said the group of artists, sports stars, business pioneers and politicians "make me proud to call California home."

The California Hall...

Betty White Isn't Naked In Her New Calendar

7/8/2010 10:08am EDT
Betty White
The only remaining "Golden Girl," 88-year-old Betty White is launching "The Betty White Calendar," a tribute to one of America's most beloved actresses and comediennes.

From her new hit television comedy "Hot in Cleveland" on TV Land to her number-one Super Bowl commercial (Snickers) with the not-dead Abe Vigoda - Betty is classy, earthy and unassuming. She's also got a fantastic sense of humor about herself - perfect for a centerfold!

Earlier this year, Betty hosted "Saturday Night Live" after a grassroots Facebook campaign called "Betty White to Host SNL (Please)" attracted 500,000 fan...