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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; First Edition edition (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399157530
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399157530
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Reads like a chat with the beloved star."
(-The Denver Post) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Betty White is an entertainment icon who has playing starring roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls, and Hot in Cleveland, hosted Saturday Night Live (as the result of a fan-driven Facebook campaign), and spoken out on behalf of animals for many years.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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115 of 117 people found the following review helpful By DavidT VINE VOICE on May 5, 2011
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Still going strong at the age of 89, Betty White is practically a force of nature, and only a determined curmudgeon could dislike this endearing collection of mini-essays by the seven-time Emmy winner. Written in a style similar to her previous book "Betty White: In Person," this new book is filled with chatty, warm, winning anecdotes about HOT IN CLEVELAND, her recent turn on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, and, as always, her love for animals. Her fundamental decency as a person, as well as her gifts as a performer, are evident throughout. Numerous black-and-white photos from throughout her career grace the pages. If you're looking for bitterness, cynicism, or salaciousness, keep moving. But if you'd enjoy spending a few hours in the company of a very classy, funny, down-to-earth lady who wears her success lightly, this is just the ticket.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Laura Van Wormer on May 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Like her other books, Betty wrote this by herself in long hand that is so beautiful the editor used parts of her manuscript as artwork. The photographs are way cool, and believe it or not, she only finished writing this book about nine weeks ago so. It is a happy and very well designed book, too, the kind you leave on the coffee table and everyone who comes into the house picks up and starts reading. God bless her and rock on, Betty!
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A&D on May 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Betty White has become a new top celebrity with her latest successes in movies and television series Golden Girls. In her new book, she discusses of her celebrity, love, aging, television, friends, and her love for animals. She is 89 yrs old now and still as funny and clever as ever. She tells that most of the two- and three-page chapters came to her while she was relaxing on a couch with a pet.

In her book, there is a lot about her passion for animal welfare, including a photo of White sitting face-to-face with Koko gorilla. Betty White has been passionate with the animal welfare for a long time and has been heartbroken of the conditions of some animals and how they are treated. She often tells about the anecdotes of other celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor and how she purchased a puppy in an auction hosted by Betty White, and later on the puppy died.
The book is quite interesting to read. It's a series of short essays about how Betty White feels about a number of different topics.
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Format: Hardcover
Do you enjoy those memoirs in which celebrities bare their souls, name-drop shamelessly, and recite their list of romantic conquests? If those are your cup of tea, stay away from Betty White's "If You Ask Me (And of course, You Won't). This is a spare and heartwarming look at White's philosophy of life, the people who have stood by her, what makes for good comedy, and her devotion to animal welfare.

In previous books, White covered her early years, so she touches only briefly on her childhood, her marriage to Allen Lunden, whom she adored, and her early successes in show business. At eighty-nine, White is a hot commodity. She has a successful sitcom and is having a ball appearing in movies, talk shows, and commercials.

"If You Ask Me" is a breezy, fast-paced, and amusing look at how this congenial and funny lady has managed to stay active for so long. White has been in show business for over sixty years. She admits that she is lucky to have enjoyed good health (although she takes full credit for watching her weight). She has high praise for her agent and talks about her passion for acting and the pleasure she derives from her work on behalf of animals. Betty White could not be happier. She believes that "gratitude should be the name of the game" and that "if one has no sense of humor, one is in trouble." Amen to that.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By love, nicole on May 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I cannot put this book down. It is such a feel good, fun read adorned with great photos throughout. I feel all the more closer to Betty and she simply makes me smile. There is so much to learn from her and she is sharing it all here. I highly recommend this lovely book.
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41 of 53 people found the following review helpful By AlexsDad on May 10, 2011
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I will start out by saying that I LOVE Betty White and have since I first saw her as a guest panelist on "What's My Line?" I've read Betty's other books and have loved each one. So, I was looking forward to this one with much excitement. I was majorly disappointed. With the exception to references of "Hot in Cleveland" or the movies she has been in since "Here We Go Again," there's nothing new here. Almost half the book is photos. I agree with Betty's positive outlook on life, but her fans deserve better. We deserve a full fledged book. I highly recommend Betty's earlier books and will continue to watch whatever tv show or movie that Betty chooses to participate in. LOVE BETTY. Feel cheated about the book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Crabigail Cassidy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Given her age and the fact that this lady has has more 'second acts' than a cat has lives, the unstopable Betty White is a constant amazement to me. In this book which is a quasi-memoir where she looks at some of the things she has learned during her life, she continues to entertain and inform and (yes!) inspire.
She goes back to look fondly at her good fortune: career opportunities abounding, the interesting and curious people she has known, her parents, her stepchildren, her devotion to animals big and small, and the love of her life Allen Ludden.
I'm not sure if it was the stories she related, the simple and engaging way she communicates, or just her infectious love of life, but I really enjoyed this relatively short book. White has this sunny optimism that makes even the most silly stories such as her supposed fascination for Robert Redford memorable.
If you like Betty White you will probably like this book. It is pure Betty: funny, engaging, and forever young in spirit.
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