After 6 years in the making, the Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) in Chicago will have its Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony tomorrow, Wednesday, June 13th at 10am! Tonight, Chicagoans Betty White, Hugh Downs, and John Mahoney will be in the Windy City to celebrate at a gala for the museum’s new home, which is located at 360 N. State St.
The MBC exhibits “historic and contemporary radio and television content,” including TV and radio programs, memorabilia, and interactive displays. Within the impressive collection is the RCA TK-2 camera that was used as then-Senator Kennedy’s close-up camera in the first Kennedy-Nixon debate, which took place in Chicago.
Since 2009, the Archive has integrated the text of the definitive Encyclopedia of Television, authored by The Museum of Broadcasting Communications, into our website. The Encyclopedia brings extensive additional information about the Archive’s interview subjects to the portal, including the history of popular series, key dates, and background on performers, crew and controversies, all catalogued within the vast library of EmmyTVLegends.org.
Congrats to our friends at the MBC! We can’t wait to see the new museum!
For more on our collaboration with the MBC, click here. To watch a video segment on the new museum, click here.
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax hits the big screen today, with Archive Interviewee Danny DeVito starring as the voice of the Lorax, a furry little fellow who fights for the forest. The film also stars the voice talents of Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Ed Helms, and fellow Archive Interviewee Betty White as Grammy Norma.
The Lorax is based on Dr. Seuss’ children’s book of the same title, first published in 1971. It tells the story of the Once-Ler, a greedy creature who chops down Truffula trees for a profit-making venture; angers the Lorax, (the self-proclaimed protector of the trees), and subsequently leaves the forest barren. Ed Helms provides the voice of the Once-Ler in the film, and a love story between characters Ted and Audrey, voiced by Zac Efron and Taylor Swift, is an addition to the original story.
Watch the trailer for The Lorax:
You can catch Devito and White’s voice talents in theaters starting today, and click on the links to watch Danny DeVito and Betty White’s full Archive interviews.
Betty White celebrates her 90th birthday today! The Hot in Cleveland star is hot all over the globe these days, hosting Saturday Night Live, making memorable appearances on Community, and stealing scenes from Sandra Bullock in The Proposal. She’s a consummate comedienne with a quick wit that keeps audiences wanting more.
Born January 17, 1922 in Oak Park, Illinois, White got her start in television when the medium first emerged onto the American landscape back in 1939, appearing in a closed circuit presentation of “The Merry Widow” in the Los Angeles Packard Building. A natural from the start, she loved the rush of live television, and when regular programming began she was quickly tapped to be Al Jarvis’ right-hand woman on 1949’s Hollywood on Television, a 5.5 hour/day broadcast for KCLA TV that was largely a televised version of Jarvis’ radio program. White and Jarvis ad-libbed for over 30 hours of airtime/week:
In 1951 she starred in the first of what would be three Betty White Shows – this one a short-lived, half hour daytime program. She soon moved on to producing and starring in the 1952 sitcom Life with Elizabeth, and to hosting the second Betty White Show in 1954, a national network show for NBC that aired at noon.
From there, White hosted her first of 20 Rose Parades in 1955. She also spent 10 years hosting the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with Lorne Greene.
In 1955 White began appearing on television game shows, a pastime dear to her heart. A lover of games since childhood, she enjoyed playing What’s My Line?, Make the Connection, and many other Goodson/Todman games. As fate would have it, she made quite the connection when she appeared on Password and met future husband Allen Ludden, who hosted the program:
The third Betty White Show came along in 1957, a short-lived sitcom produced by and starring White, and in the 1960’s White made over 70 appearances on The Tonight Show with Jack Paar – one of her favorite programs. She then got to showcase her love of animals on The Pet Set, a 1971 show in which she interviewed celebrities and their pets. She appeared on The Carol Burnett Show in the mid-1970s (which led to her later role as “Ellen Harper Jackson” on Mama’s Family) and in 1973, got a call from casting director Ethel Winant to play the role of “Sue Ann Nivens,” the “neighborhood nymphomaniac” on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. White won two Emmys for the role and reminisced about the show’s famous series finale in her 1997 Archive interview:
The Mary Tyler Moore Show was both a critical and popular darling, and yet another hit comedy was in White’s future. She was up for the role of “Blanche Devereaux” on a new series called Golden Girls, which would make its debut in 1985. White explains how director Jay Sandrich (who directed many episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show) was instrumental in her winning the role of “Rose Nylund” instead:
White was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1995, and continues to bring laughter to millions as an ensemble player in projects for both the big and small screen. You can currently catch Betty White on TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland Wednesday nights at 10pm.
The 2011 Primetime Emmy Award season began today with the official nomination announcement at 8:30 AM EST. Congratulations to all the nominees for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards!
The Archive of American Television would also like to congratulate our interviewees who were nominated this year:
Dan Castellaneta for Outstanding Voice-Over performance (As “Homer Simpson”)
David Crane for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (Episodes) Robert Dickinson (multiple nominations for lighting design) Linda Ellerbee for Outstanding Children’s Nonfiction (Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: Under the Influence: Kids of Alcoholics) Michael J. Fox for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (“Louis Cannin” on The Good Wife) Louis J. Horvitz for Outstanding Directing for a a Variety, Music, or Comedy Special (53rd Grammy Awards) Susan Lacy for Outstanding Nonfiction Series (American Masters)
Cloris Leachman for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (as “Maw Maw” on Raising Hope) Christopher Lloyd for Outstanding Comedy Series (co-creator of Modern Family)
Hector Ramirez (multiple nominations as camera operator) Don Mischer for Outstanding Directing for a a Variety, Music, or Comedy Special (83rd Academy Awards) Paul Shaffer for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions Ceremony) Tim Van Patten for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Game of Thrones) Matthew Weiner for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (Mad Men) Betty White for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (as “Elka Ostrosky” on Hot in Cleveland)
Betty White and the entire cast of TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland” will appear on a panel Wednesday, March 30 at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood, Ca. The event will be moderated by Larry King and special guests include Carl Reiner and Jon Lovitz.