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Betty White To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award At 42nd Annual Daytime Emmys!

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Courtesy/NATAS

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) today announced that television icon, Betty White, will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards broadcast on Sunday, April 26, 2015.  The awards ceremony will televised live on Pop at 8:00 p.m. EDT/5:00 p.m. PDT from the Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, CA.

Betty White is an American institution,” said Bob Mauro, President, NATAS. “Betty’s career as a female pioneer has followed television from literally the beginning of the medium, winning her first Emmy Award in 1952, to the digital-streaming future, winning again in 2010. She is one of the most beloved female performers in the history of television and the National Academy is proud to be honoring her with a most well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award.”

“Betty White is the ‘First Lady of Game Shows,’” said Senior Vice President, Daytime, David Michaels. “Betty was the darling of ‘Password, where she met the love of her life, Allen Ludden, and a favorite on ‘Match Game,’ ‘The $25,000 Pyramid,’and countless others. She was the first woman to receive an Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host in 1983 for the show, ‘Just Men.’ From her iconic dramatic turn as Ann Douglas on ‘The Bold and the Beautiful,’ to her classic sitcom performances, to her movies and books, Betty is a woman who has excelled in everything she has ever done. She is also one of the nicest women in show business and we are proud to be bestowing this honor on such an exemplary role model for our entire industry.”

Ms. White will be joining an illustrious group of previous Lifetime Achievement Honorees including, Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Walters, Merv Griffin, Dick Clark, Bob Barker, Phil Donahue, Regis Philbin, Alex Trebek and many others.

What do you think about Betty White receiving the highest recognition from NATAS?  Did you enjoy her performance as Ann Douglas on The Bold and the Beautiful? What has been your favorite Betty White role in her iconic and historic television career?  Comment below!

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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Id like to see Betty White make two day guest appearance on GH as the Spencers long thought dead mother Lena who has actually been in a mental hospital all these years claiming to be someone named ‘Sue Ann Nivens’ and then someone named ‘Rose (4get last name on Golden Girls)’…lol

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Lol, Jimh. I believe the last name is Nylund?…from Minnesota, ya betcha, don’tcha know?
Hey, Su, did I spell that correctly?….LOL. I loved ‘Rose’ and the Minnesoooota , American English , Fargo accent, with a hint of Norwegian…part of my ancestry. That’s a mouthful.
Betty White is an extraordinary actress, and human being. Good for her…she deserves every kind of award. God Bless her!

Jeremy
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Jeremy

jimh, that would be totally brilliant! I love it!

Ces
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Ces

Oh god, please no special appearances. I’ve had enough of this lady.

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

If this will get more eyeballs for the Daytime Emmy’s, then I am all for it.

Timmm
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Timmm

She does add legendary status to the awards.

Flo DiBona
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Flo DiBona

Awesome!

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Great news! Betty White is a link from the earliest stages of television and she has done it all in the medium. I miss her on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL. That Stephanie and her mother story was among that series’ best efforts. And having White at the ceremony is genuine catnip for audiences. I have great faith in this year’s Daytime Emmys presentation. Thank you, Academy! And thank you, POP!

And thank you, Michael Fairman, for your efforts to promote and to support a genre many of us love.

blake
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blake

I love how she was the one to present the memorial for Guiding Light the year it got cancelled, I thought that was really cool that she did that.

Carolyn
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Carolyn

Well deserved award and I’m surprised Betty White hasn’t already received this honor.

Chris
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Chris

Shouldn’t Betty White be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Primetime Emmys instead of the Daytime Emmys? I know she had recurring and guest appearances on daytime soaps, panelist on game shows, and won a daytime emmy for hosting a short-lived game show, but she should be awarded for Lifetime Acievement at the Primetime Emmy Awards since she made more of an impact on primetime shows with The Mary Tyler More show, The Golden Girls, and Hot In Cleveland! Why hasn’t AMC’s Susan Lucci been awarded a Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award yet?

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Well deserved to the incomparable Betty White!

Rose
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Rose

Betty is such a lovely, funny lady. A kind of funny I think a lot of the newer, edgy-type comedians could learn from.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Congrats to Betty– she deserves the honor and the fact they are including the presentation at the Daytime Emmy Awards instead the prime time, speak volumes to the turn around the leadership is giving these Awards. Personally I would love to see her host the awards, I think she would be great host–

jaybird369
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jaybird369

F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C!!!!!!!!!!

Mo
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Mo

I’m a little surprised, but she was on lots of game shows and was fabulous on B&B. Happy for her. She deserves it.

Bart
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Bart

Miss White is a true living legend – she’s done it all and deserves any and all accolades bestowed upon her!!

Rj
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Rj

Love Betty White! A true inspiration of a life well lived!

Timmm
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Timmm

Thats great. She is an institution. They should cast her on GH as Morgan’s new love interest!

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Hahahaha…now THAT was funny!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Timmm…your post made me TOTALLY LMAO…GOOD ONE…LOL!!!!! Or, how about this: Maybe GH can cast Betty White as a long-lost relative (or whatever) of Dr. O…H-E-L-L-O!!!!! Dude…I am already envisioning the on-screen FIREWORKS between those two…ULTIMATE L-O-L!!!!!!! Hey, just an idea……….

Later, Timmm.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Love Betty White…so inspiring…and great animal lover/advocate. Anyone interested should try find DVDs of her 1953 to 1955 (I think those are up the years) sitcom Life With Elizabeth. Very funny and a very young Betty.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I had that dvd…she was great in that too!!!

The Substitue
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The Substitue

I think it would have been great to have awarded Deidre Hall, Leslie Charleson or Melody Thomas Scot the award. All three ladies have contributed to Daytime for many years and not one of these fine actresses have an emmy to show for it. Totally unacceptable!

The Substitue
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The Substitue

Scott!

Lorenzo
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Lorenzo

I love Betty White, she is a classy. sassy lady. Who is going to host the daytime emmys? I want Erica Slezak to host the emmys. I want Erica back in Daytime, cast her on the Young And The Restless as the new Dina Abbott.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Erica is too young to play Dina Abbott. She and Peter (Jack) are almost the same age.
Then again, Kassie D. (DOOL) ,who plays C. Shaughnessy’s daughter, is only six years his junior.
If these soaps were true to life, Dina should be resting in eternal sleep.
Jack has a son (Kemo) in his forties….he should be a grandfather many times over. Yet, he is still acting the lovelorn teen chasing women the same age as his son. This character is ageless.

Kevin
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Kevin

Lorenzo, Erica Slezak would be great as Dina Abbott, Mergeron. Give her a call producers. Lorenzo you rock my friend.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Lorenzo…s-o-r-r-y…but I DO NOT want that Dina Abbott character to come back to Y&R any time soon. No. Here’s why: To me, Dina is nothing but a toxic, stuck-up and self-centered WITCH who has ALWAYS had a very self-righteous and a very high-and-mighty ATTITUDE!!!!! Also, I CANNOT STOMACH the idea of that god-awful Dina character being re-cast with another actress. I don’t care who it is!!!!! Bottom Line Here (well, at least for me, anyway): I’ve NEVER LIKED the character of Dina Abbott…and I NEVER WILL!!!!!! Nope. Don’t care.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

You go, jaybird. ?..took the words right out of my mouth. And, YOU ROCK, my friend…peace out. Later.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

GHs Constance Towers would make a fine Dina Abbot!!!

PETER
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PETER

yes Jim, Constance would be wonderful. What about louise Sorel ex Vivian on Days? I love her too. Constance is a terrific actress.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Right on, jimh. Now, that’s more like it, albeit Dina was never THAT diabolical. However, age-wise and talent-wise, Constance would be perfect. But, do we really need Dina?

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GH’s Nancy Lee Grahn Shares Excerpt From Her Upcoming Memoir

In celebration of beginning her 27th year as Alexis Davis on General Hospital, two-time Daytime Emmy-winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, decided to mark the occasion by revealing to her longtime fans an excerpt from her upcoming memoir due out in 2023.

Taking to her official Facebook page, Nancy shared the excerpt starting with contained some of the back-history of her soap opera alter-ego : “I play the role of Alexis Davis. I am a public defender, prosecutor, personnel injury, civil, malpractice, tax and family attorney. I am the bastard child of Mikos Cassadine who died after being thrown into his own weather machine which he designed to freeze the world. My mother, Kristen Bergman was a famous opera singer whose throat was slit by my father’s wife, Helena. Unhappy with the turn of events, I hurled my frail 75 year old stepmother off a five hundred foot parapet slamming her onto jagged rock only for her to walk away unscathed. Even more determined, I shoved her off a thousand foot cliff into the frigid subzero ocean, Helena not only survived unscathed, she apparently scaled 1000 feet up the cliff and continued to wreak havoc on Port Charles.”

Nancy closed the excerpt with some special acknowledgements: “Always so grateful to have an ongoing contract, my own parking space and people I’ve never met who come up to me regularly and tell me how much younger I look in person. It’s a gift that I have been able to and still get to do what I love to do for such a gloriously long time. I love my job the most because it is the job that gave me the security I needed to greenlight Kate as a single mother, raise her while being able to give her the things I dreamed of giving her, put her through school all the way through college, and will hopefully allow me to spoil my grandchildren. The enormous love & gratitude I have for ABC and Disney for allowing me the privilege of working for them is immeasurable. But the real truth is without the support from all of you, this day would not be what it is. As always, I see you and thank you”

Make sure to read the entire excerpt.  Noe let us know, are you looking forward to what Nancy will share in her upcoming memoir? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Kelly Ripa Talks On Her New Memoir ‘Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories’

Talk show host and All My Children alum, Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) is opening up about her life and times in her highly-anticipated memoir available now, Live Wire: Long-Winded Short Stories.

Ripa chatted exclusively with PEOPLE who got some of intel and dish on what’s included in the book.

Kelly told PEOPLE, when she landed the gig as the new co-host of Live with Regis and Kelly, with the late Regis Philbin back in 2001, she felt like she was “getting shot out of a cannon.”  Ripa was also appearing on All My Children at the same time.

She tells the story of when her agent called with the offer, Ripa was told: “They want you to know who your boss is. It was very ominous, and it did not feel good.”  Her agent also said the show didn’t want her, “bringing an entourage.” She brought two people. “I came with hair and makeup,” Kelly says. “It was not an unusual thing for people on a television show to show up with.”

She added that Regis greeted her with executive producer, Michael Gelman, saying: “Uh-oh, Gelman, it’s got an entourage.” It?!  Kelly expressed that she “felt horrible.  He was probably trying to be funny, but at the same time it felt like a pile-on.”

As for Philbin’s attitude at the time, Kelly shared, “I understand that probably he didn’t want a co-host, but the network wanted me to be the co-host and I didn’t think I should pass up that opportunity. I don’t think it was fair to him. But it was also not fair to me.”

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The actress-talk show host-producer also talked on her marriage to Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo), whom she met while both were on All My Children, sharing that they were, “too young to get married! On paper it should not have worked and when it didn’t work, we really worked at it. We fought for our marriage when it would have been easier to quit and throw in the towel.”

According to the book publisher, HarperCollins:  “In ‘Live Wire’, her first book, Kelly shows what really makes her tick. Whether recounting how she and Mark (Consuelos) really met, the level of chauvinism she experienced on set, how Jersey Pride follows her wherever she goes, and many, many moments of utter mortification (whence she proves that you cannot, in fact, die of embarrassment) Kelly always tells it like it is. Ms. Ripa takes no prisoners.”

So, will you be ordering your copy of Kelly’s memoir? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Roark Critchlow on His Return to DAYS and Working With Cady McClain

It’s been 12 years since Roark Critchlow appeared on Days of our Lives as Dr. Mike Horton, the brother of Jennifer Horton Deveraux (Cady McClain). However, fans have been excited to see him back on their screens when the series teased his appearance in the extended fall preview.

Now with Jennifer spiraling downward (now that her pill-popping addiction is back), it seems like a good time for Dr. Mike to return to Salem to help his sis. (And if the promo for this week’s DAYS is any indication, it certainly looks like Jennifer is going to be involved in a car crash and need medical assistance or at least some brotherly love.)

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Roark initially appeared as Mike back in 1994 and left the soap back in 1999. He returned in 2010 for a few episodes honoring the late Frances Reid (Alice Horton) who was Mike’s grandmother.

In an interview about his return with Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Roark talks about working with McClain as Jennifer, when he previously worked with Missy Reeves in the part.

Critchlow expressed on sharing scenes with McClain: “Her character is going through a lot. She and I dropped in really easily, I felt. It was a very nice, natural care for each other. It wasn’t difficult, that’s for sure. Obviously, Missy is a super-duper person. But you don’t compare people. Cady and I chatted. We got on good. In terms of story, I thought we pulled it off nicely as being people who’ve known each other their whole lives.”

Look for Roark to make his DAYS re-emergence on the upcoming October 3rd episode of the Peacock streaming series.

So, looking forward to seeing Roark and Cady sharing scenes together? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first check out this week’s promo for DAYS below.

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