It’s undeniable that television icon Betty White adored her fans. The star, who passed a few weeks ahead of her 100th birthday, filmed a message for admirers 10 days before her death. In a chat with Entertainment Tonight, producer Steve Boettcher opened up about Betty White’s appreciation for those who supported her. Boettcher has been working on the upcoming special, “Betty White: A Celebration”.
The producer shares, “On Dec. 20, she did a short little video for us…It was kind of a tribute to her fans that were going to be with her at the event.”
Boettcher continues, “It’s kind of a shout-out to her fans that she did 10 days before she passed away. She looked amazing, she loved getting ‘glammed up,’ as she calls it… In her hair, makeup, she was just striking and beautiful. She was smiling and really she wanted to thank her fans sincerely, from the bottom of her heart, for all the support over the years.”
Betty White Was the ‘Eternal Optimist’
Boettcher had been working with Betty on the celebration of her career and life. He says she was “living her best life” and describes her as “the eternal optimist.”
The documentary will have an obvious change in town versus what was planned considering Betty White passed before it’s release. The documentary was originally meant to be a celebration for the star’s 100th birthday. Now, it will serve more as a tribute to her life and career.
Nonetheless, Boettcher says it will show a genuine and personal side of White to her fans. “I think what’s fun about the film is that it shows Betty in kind of quiet moments,” Boettcher says. “Betty at home, Betty with a few friends, Betty with animals, and it kind of shows maybe another side of Betty. Off the stage and out of the limelight, but still the Betty we all know and love. You know, what I think really defines Betty is how genuine she is and I think it’s something you can’t fake and in a business that’s sometimes maybe challenging, she has risen above it all. I think she’s genuine with her fans, genuine with cast members, and I think that’s really has served her well.”
Celebrating the Beloved TV Star
Boettcher describes partly why White was loved so much was because of how approachable she was. “I think Betty had this feeling, the sense that sometimes movie stars on the big screen are unapproachable, but with Betty, and her career, it happened on the small screen, on the television screen, and she felt she was invited into people’s homes every week. Whether it was the Mary Tyler Moore Show or Password or Hot in Cleveland or Golden Girls, she was invited in people’s living rooms,” Boettcher shares. “She felt that as a special privilege kind of, like almost your favorite aunt coming over, your favorite grandmother coming over. So I think Betty really embraced that and cherished that relationship.”
“Betty White: A Celebration” premieres January 17th. The documentary features several stars including Ryan Reynolds, Tina Fey, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and more. Tickets for the celebration can be found here.