Would You Binge Watch Betty White Classics for $1K?

by Jennifer Shea
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Betty White fan? Has Choice Mutual got an offer for you. The insurance agency is paying one lucky fan $1,000 to binge-watch Betty White appearances for 10 hours in honor of the TV legend’s 100th birthday.

“We’re looking for someone who adores Betty White,” Choice Mutual wrote in its advertisement, per the New York Post. “To celebrate her 100th year and lasting legacy, Choice Mutual is paying one lucky fan $1,000 to watch 10 hours of Betty White’s best work.”

White’s centennial is on Jan. 17, 2022. The marathon viewing session will take place during a 24-hour period between late November and then. And the winning candidate will have to document their binge on social media. Whoever wins will get $1,000 as well as a DVD player and a curated selection of Betty White’s appearances on DVD.

Applications are due by Nov. 22 at 5 p.m. PST. For bonus points, applicants can upload a video of themselves detailing why they love Betty White. (The iconic entertainer is not involved in or endorsing the contest.)

Betty White Has Many Classics to Choose From

Betty White fans embarking on centennial marathons will probably spend a decent chunk of time watching White as Sue Ann Nivens on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and as Rose Nylund on “The Golden Girls.” But the small-screen icon has so many TV appearances to choose from.

Fans may also catch White as Ann Douglas on “The Bold and the Beautiful.” Or as Catherine Piper on “Boston Legal.” Or as herself on “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy.” As if that weren’t enough, White has also appeared on “Malcolm in the Middle,” “The Practice,” “King of the Hill,” “The Ellen Show” and “Ally McBeal,” among others, per IMDb.

White has also memorably appeared on “Saturday Night Live,” for which she took home an extra Emmy Award in 2010.

White Is Best Known for ‘Mary Tyler Moore’ and ‘Golden Girls’

But it was on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Golden Girls” that White really made a name for herself. (And won three Emmy Awards.)

On the latter, White played the sweet but ditzy Rose Nylund, earning a cult following for her performance on the classic TV show. On the former, she played a relentlessly cheerful TV homemaker with a worldly streak a mile long. Sue Ann Nivens is ruthless at some times and vulnerable at others, but she manages to push her way into Mary’s (Mary Tyler Moore) world – even as she rips Mary’s homemaking skills – over Mary’s objections.

Sue Ann was known for her tireless romantic pursuit of Mr. Grant (Ed Asner), for trading barbs with Murray (Gavin MacLeod) and for taking digs at Mary in the sweetest singsong voice. In one iconic episode of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” she goes to the newsroom to recruit a producer. Sue Ann then winds up ensnaring Murray in her web as his colleagues look on in horror.

Watch Betty White in that episode of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” (with the classic cake scene at 17:35) here: