Archive for the ‘"Mama's Family"’ Category

A Tribute to Betty White at the Academy!

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

This August, The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will hold an event honoring, “Betty White: Celebrating 60 Years on Television”.  Many Archive interviewees will be on-hand for the event, including Ed Asner, Cloris Leachman, Gavin MacLeod, Mary Tyler Moore, and Bob Stewart. For more information about the event, visit the Academy’s website at
You can view an excerpt from Betty White’s Archive Interview by clicking here, where she discusses her Emmy win for her role as “Sue Ann Nivens” on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Interview Description: Betty White

In this 5-part oral history interview, Betty discusses her early career and television work, including “The Betty White Show”, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”, “Mama’s Family”,  and “The Golden Girls“. Conducted June 4, 1997 by Tony Fantozzi. Click here to view the entire interview.

Archive News: We are very sorry to report that Estelle Getty, Betty’s co-star on The Golden Girls, has passed away. We wish her family and friends the very best.

Dick Martin Dies at the Age of 86– Archive Interview Segment Online

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

Comedian Dick Martin, best known as the co-host with Dan Rowan of television’s Laugh-In (1968-73) has died (click here for his obituary on The Archive interviewed Martin in 2002. His complete three-and-a-half hour interview will be available online soon and can also be viewed at Academy headquarters.

For Laugh-In’s 40th anniversary in January of this year, the Archive posted a lengthy segment of his interview, which can be viewed here.

Interview description:
Martin spoke about his lifelong ambition to work in the entertainment industry, and his early career steps in Hollywood. He described his first encounter with Dan Rowan, and their subsequent partnership. He remembered with great detail their years on the road working in nightclubs around the country, and their early forays into television. Next, he spoke about working with Lucille Ball as an occasional performer on her CBS series The Lucy Show. Mr. Martin spoke at length about their renowned variety series Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, and talked about working with his well-known co-stars. Finally, he discussed his second career as a director for television, on programs including The Bob Newhart Show, Flo, Family Ties, Mama’s Family, The Bradys, and Newhart.