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Here We Go Again: My Life in Televison Hardcover – August 30, 1995

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; First Edition edition (August 30, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068480042X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684800424
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,687,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Her late husband, Allen Ludden, once remarked that White had been one of the pioneers in silent television. That is just barely an exaggeration, because she got her start in Hollywood on Television in 1949 and has not been off the tube for any length of time for the past 46 years. Best known for her roles as Sue Ann on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and as the terminally naive Rose on The Golden Girls, she has had four Betty White Shows, starting in 1950, as well as a show close to her animal-lover's heart, The Pet Set. She also played minor, recurring characters on The Carol Burnett Show and its spin-off, Mama's Family, and announced the Rose Bowl parade for 20 years. Additionally, she was a frequent guest of Jack Paar and Johnny Carson and appeared on innumerable game shows. She knows everyone in the business, although her affection for them one and all, while perhaps real, cloys after a time. This behind-the-scenes look at television since the late 1940s, with its dozens of photos, should delight fans.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

White's portrayals have always seemed good-natured, whether she was playing Sue-Ann Nivins on The Mary Tyler Moore Show or Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls. In her entertaining and insightful autobiography, she comes off as upbeat and good-natured in real life. White started out in early television on a five-hour-a-day live show called Hollywood on Television and has had "steady" work ever since. Here she chronicles her experiences on many hit series and several short-lived series, plus her two marriages. She writes with particular care and poignancy about her second marriage to Allen Ludden, which lasted a blissful 18 years until Ludden's tragic and untimely death. White's love of friends, family, work, and animals comes shining through these pages, as does her high-energy pleasant personality. This Hollywood autobiography can be highly recommended for all public libraries.
-?Judy Hauser, Oakland Schs., Lib. Svces., Waterford, Mich.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

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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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By D. Snow on September 14, 2009
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I had read another book "In Person" by Betty White a few years ago - and it was a side splitter. I have always been a big fan of hers anyway - and enjoy her immensely.

This book is no exception. She is talking about how her career and TV's career started about the same time. She gives insight into early television and her part in that whole genre. She talks about her "addiction" to work and her willingness to fill in whenever she is needed - and the break neck schedule she had in the beginning.

Have not gotten through the book yet - but have really enjoyed reading what I have. Betty in writing is as funny as Betty on TV.

Pick it up if you would like to see the infancy of TV from an insider's view - and if you want a good laugh!! This book supplies both very well.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Movie Diva on September 13, 2009
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Betty's book was great! It was easy to read & you felt like she was there talking to you. I would tell all my friends.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Corinne H. Smith VINE VOICE on August 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
Now that she's a member of yet another successful sit-com cast, it might be fun to step back and learn more about this veteran performer. This autobiography was originally released in hardback in 1995. In it, Betty shares the full extent of her personal and professional history from her beginnings in the industry through the early 1990s. Included are the facets of her life that we are most familiar with: "Password," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Golden Girls," her devotion to third husband Allen Ludden, and her love of animals of all kinds.

Her memoir might be most valuable for its insights into the early days of television. Imagine cramming a five-hour program with interviews, skits, and commercials -- all performed live and in front of just one camera! Or working on holidays, just like regular days, in order to faithfully entertain the audiences at home. Over the decades, there were numerous opportunities to star in sit-coms, to host parades, and of course, to participate in game shows, one after another. The woman has had quite the busy life. We get the impression that she has always liked it that way.

Though it would be easy to accuse Betty of name-dropping on every page, the fact remains that she has worked with and has been friends with some of the most famous actors and producers in the history of the medium. She takes the high road here and does not dish much about any of them. And her career has been so jam-packed that she cannot dwell on any particular topic or any show for very long. As a result, her approach must by necessity be a tad shallow when it comes to chatting about some of our favorite people or enterprises.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LFrock on January 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
Here We Go Again: My Life in Television
By: Betty White

If you are looking for dirty Hollywood gossip then this is not the book for you. It would also imply that you don't know Betty White very well. This surprisingly in-depth look back through her very long and impressive career is not only fascinating it is educational. Ms. White starts you at the beginning and walks you through every step, every TV show (including more The Betty White Show (s) than I ever thought possible), every game show, and every husband with an easy fluidity. She is candid about her history and doesn't mince words when discussing how cruel and heartbreaking a place Hollywood can be especially for a woman. You are never left feeling like it was all roses and puppies, although puppies are a theme in this book. It is incredible to discover the sheer volume of hours upon hours a week she was actually on television in her early days, how much she got paid and the complete lack of preparation or script with which she had to work. Even if you are not a Betty White fan (seems impossible) but have an interest in early television you would find this book amazing. The details of how a show was put on the air, recorded, performed, written and taken of the air is a far cry from today's reality. The constant travel between California and New York during a time before jets is mind- boggling. The photos throughout are a reminder of what a true treasure this amazing talent has been and for just how long she has shaped the female face of television. Ms.
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