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Betty White Has Recipe For Laughs On Saturday Night Live

May 9, 2010

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Of course, Betty White seems to have always known what to do with her life. On Saturday night, the 88-year-old comedienne proved her instincts—and timing—as flawless at making people laugh as ever, even for a television show that caters to people one quarter her age.

And to think, all it took for her to get her crack at hosting “Saturday Night Live” was seven decades of show business, six Emmy Awards, and a campaign on Facebook. In her day, she noted, there was, instead, the phone book, but no one would ever “waste an afternoon” on it.

She added that she had done live television early in her career, though not by choice. “People didn’t know how to tape then,” White said.

For the Mother’s Day episode, she was joined by an all-star cast of female SNL alumni, including Molly Shannon, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch and Ana Gasteyer. And none of the skits she appeared in proved too inappropriate for her, including playing an irreverent foil of a muffin mavin.

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