Despite passing just weeks before reaching her 100th birthday, beloved actress Betty White will still receive the cinematic treatment previously planned for the occasion.
Fathom Events has confirmed that despite the unexpected death of the Emmy-winning star on Friday, “Betty White: 100 Years Young – a Birthday Celebration” will be playing in nearly 900 theaters across the country at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on January 17. as expected.
Additionally, “Saturday Night Live” resurfaces in its May 8, 2010 episode featuring White as the host and Jay-Z as the musical guest for the show to air on Saturdays.
The producers of “Betty White: 100 Years Young” Steve Boettcher and Mike Trinklein said in a statement, “We will move forward with our plans to show the film in the hope that our film will provide a means to all who loved her to celebrate her life – and find out what made her a national treasure.
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They added, “Over the many years that we have worked with her, we have developed a great love and admiration for Betty as a person and as an accomplished artist. We are grateful for the many decades of fun she has brought to everyone. Betty has always said she was “the luckiest on two feet” to have had such a long career. And honestly, we’ve been the lucky ones to have it for so long.
White “passed away peacefully in her sleep” in her California home on Friday morning, her agent and close friend Jeff Witjas confirmed to USA TODAY.
100 Minute Valentine’s Day at White features tributes from a celebrity parade including Ryan Reynolds, Tina Fey, Robert Redford, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Jay Leno, Carol Burnett, Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel , Valerie Bertinelli, James Corden, Wendy Malick and Jennifer Love Hewitt.
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The footage collected by the filmmakers, who have been granted exclusive access to White, will showcase her work as a longtime animal advocate and share behind-the-scenes footage of the actress – praised for her roles in “The Golden Girls” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” – on set and entertaining at home.
Additional material will encompass the scope of White’s career, from a lost episode of a first sitcom appearance in the 1950s to his end-of-life resurgence on “Hot in Cleveland” and his good-natured advertisement of the Super. Bowl for Snickers candy.
Tickets for the screenings are available at FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices (a full list of theater locations is available on the Fathom Events website).