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About the Author

Betty White's award-winning career in television and film has spanned an impressive seven decades and has included iconic roles on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "The Golden Girls". She is also widely recognized for her life-long work for animal welfare. Betty lives in Brentwood, California with her golden retriever, Pontiac.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; First Edition edition (November 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399157549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399157547
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #477,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Betty White has been on television for over sixty years, beginning in 1949. She has starred in many successful series, made numerous guest appearances on game and talk shows, and narrated the Tournament of Roses Parade for twenty years and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade for ten.

White has received 6 Emmy awards and 18 Emmy nominations. In 2010 she was presented with the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.. She is also the recipient of three American Comedy Awards (including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1990), and two Viewers for Quality Television Awards. She was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1995 and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

She is the author of three previous books and lives in Los Angeles.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sylviastel VINE VOICE on December 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Betty White has been a lifelong animal lover. She is also best known for comedic, genius, witt and humor along with her acting talents. Betty White is a national treasure in the entertainment field. At almost 90 years old, Betty White is better than ever.

This book is about the loves of her life at the Los Angeles Zoo. If you're planning to visit the Los Angeles area, you might want to add the Los Angeles Zoo on your list of attractions. You might see Betty there visiting her friends. She is a supporter of the zoos existence all over the country. If you have a zoo in trouble, call Betty and she'll come to the rescue.

This book argues for the zoos existence as conservation and preservation of endangered animals and species. Betty loves all the animals there and has an all-access pass to the zoo itself. The pictures in this book are colorful and show Betty's spirit. She spends a lot time at the Los Angeles Zoo. It's her home away from home.

This book is not so much reading as it is seeing pictures and some writing to express the history. It's not a difficult read but it's worth reading. It's great for Betty White fans and animal enthusiasts to see the positives of zoos like the Los Angeles and others around the world in keeping the animals there for our enlightenment.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 27, 2011
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Betty White shares her love of animals with amusing stories and great color photographs. Animal lovers will truly love this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Lindeman on March 14, 2014
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This book is a bit different than what I expected. Instead of being a nice autobiography of her time spent in zoos, Betty chose to have a sort of mini coffee-table-book full of short anecdotes and photos of her most memorable animal friends. These stories and photos are all very nice and charming, and full of Ms. White's special brand of humor and passion!

So it's a short book, and a very easy read, but a nice collection of stories and photos all the same. I would even recommend this book for slightly older children to read, it would be perfect for the animal loving kid! (Ages 7-12, probably? It could be read to younger children as well!)

If you're a fan of Betty White, I recommend picking up this book as just a nice little reminder of why she's awesome.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CatMeister on January 16, 2012
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I love anything that has to do with Betty White. Great book for us "boomers" or just if you love animals.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cassandra on July 26, 2013
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I received Betty White's book, "Betty and Friends" as a Christmas gift, and I have enjoyed reading about all of her great experiences with animals at the Los Angeles Zoo. Betty's book is informative, funny, warm and encourages the reader to care about the future of all animals. I recommend this book to all who like Betty White and enjoy reading about adventures with animals.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jim Simpson on January 1, 2012
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While the book was simplistic in nature it conveyed the deep love of animals and commitment to their well being that Betty White has exhibited for the last four decades. The book was a gift for my sister who with much less in the way of financial resources has demonstrated a similar love and commitment as Betty. My sis loves the book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melinda Simon on June 5, 2013
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The beautiful photographs and her commentary makes this book a must have for all animal lovers. I have never been to the LA Zoo but now I really want to go so much! She has such a gracious way with her animals that loving them and her is easy. A must have for anyone who cares to explore animal conservation!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grandma on January 25, 2012
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My granddaughter loves animals and this book by Betty White tells of her beginnings as a young child going to the zoo and how she has spent her entire life supporting zoos on many levels. She read the book on a weekend and was really inspired by the depth of commitment. A great read for anyone.
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