Betty White, America’s sweetheart and one of the longest-standing actors in the television industry, is turning 100 years old. To celebrate, she is inviting her fans to watch Betty White: 100 Years Young— A Birthday Celebration on the big screen for a one-day-only event. “The party awaits,” reads the description for the film. Fathom Events will broadcast the movie in theaters nationwide with showings at 1 PM and 7 PM local times. Tickets are now available for purchase at $13.38 each. The movie will be shown in 900 movie theaters on Betty White’s centenary, January 17, 2022.
The 1-hour and 40-minute documentary will highlight White’s breakthroughs on television such as her roles in The Golden Girls and Hot in Cleveland, hosting Saturday Night Live, and even a lost episode from Betty’s first sitcom. The film will also feature cameos from Betty White’s industry friends, such as Ryan Reynolds, Jimmy Kimmel, Clint Eastwood, Tina Fey, Robert Redford, Lin Manuel-Miranda, and more, USA Today reports. Filmmakers Steve Boettcher and Mike Trinklein had exclusive access in the production of this movie, giving fans more in-depth insight into the actress’s personal life, including her work as an animal advocate. She has been a long-time supporter of organizations such as Monterey Bay Aquarium, Wildlife Learning Center, and Actors and Other for Animals, according to People.
“We didn’t want this day to pass without bringing together all the people that love her, from her co-stars and friends to her many millions of fans of all ages, to celebrate her 100th birthday with an entertaining and loving look at what makes Betty a national treasure,” Boettcher said about Betty White in a statement, according to Variety.
The eight-time Emmy Award Winner and the first woman to win an Emmy was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1995. Betty White told People last year that what kept her going was a sense of humor. “Don’t take yourself too seriously. You can lie to others—not that I would—but you cannot lie to yourself.” It’s unknown if the comedian and acress will be imparting similar words of wisdom in her new documentary to celebrate her birthday, but it is likely that the film will include some of her signature wit. The star is well known for being particularly hilarious.
She is also well known for her longevity. She’s simply been famous for too long for it to go unnoticed. Betty White also often speaks of her age in interviews. “I am blessed with good health,” she told People. “So turning 99 is no different than turning 98.” But turning 100 is definitely a call for celebration, and her fans are bound to get in on the party.
The Illinois native’s career has spanned over a 40-year period. Betty White has inadvertently become a staple of American television and culture, some fans even deeming her person of the century. TIME Magazine should definitely make that a thing, and who better to be the first subject than the iconic comedian? Everyone watch out for Nicolas Cage because Betty White is America’s true national treasure, and we ought to protect her at all costs.
If you see the Golden Girls star trending on Twitter, do not fret. Often, the social media platform is known to put up a warning when she begins to trend, as her fans want to see her live as long as possible and worry about her. It is very likely that as her 100th birthday approaches, this will happen several times. Fortunately, she isn’t going anywhere. She is alive and well, and she is celebrating the only way she knows how. “Who doesn’t love a party?!?! This one is gonna be great,” Betty White told CNN in a statement about the centennial event.