A special tribute to Betty White and her seven-decade TV and film career will play at select Cincinnati movie theaters on Monday, Jan. 17. White died at the age of 99 on Dec. 31.
The Fathom Events production will include clips from White's iconic performances in The Golden Girls, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Hot in Cleveland and others, and remembrances from many of her castmates and friends, including Ryan Reynolds, Carol Burnett, Valerie Bertinelli, Jennifer Love Hewitt and more.
The world looks different now. She was great at defying expectation. She managed to grow very old and somehow, not old enough. We’ll miss you, Betty. Now you know the secret. pic.twitter.com/uevwerjobS— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) December 31, 2021
The tribute will also include remarks from White herself, featuring material from her final recorded interview. Per the producers of the event, the tribute provides "a backstage look at (White's) career, and insights into what was most important to her."
The film — Betty White: 100 Years Young — was originally slated to commemorate White's 100th birthday. Upon her passing, producers Steve Boettcher and Mike Trinklein said in a statement they want to move forward with the screening to celebrate White, her life and her legacy:
"Our hearts mourn today with the passing of Betty White. During the many years we worked with her, we developed a great love and admiration for Betty as a person, and as an accomplished entertainer. We are thankful for the many decades of delight she brought to everyone. Betty always said she was the 'luckiest broad on two feet' to have had a career as long as she did. And honestly, we were the lucky ones to have had her for so long.
We will go forward with our plans to show the film on January 17 in hopes our film will provide a way for all who loved her to celebrate her life — and experience what made her such a national treasure."
Theaters screening the film include:
- Cinemark Oakley Station (3025 Disney St., Oakley) — 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Jan. 17
- AMC Newport on the Levee 20 (Newport on the Levee, Newport) — 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Jan. 17
- Western Hills 14 (5870 Harrison Ave., Western Hills) — 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Jan. 17
Watch a trailer below:
A version of this story was originally published by CityBeat sister paper Cleveland Scene.
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