BY: JAKE COYLE
A year after Betty White received the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement award, she was back, taking home another statuette.
The 89-year-old White was honored Sunday for outstanding actress in a comedy series for her performance on TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland.”
“I cannot believe this,” said a genuinely shocked White, after being helped to the stage by presenter Jon Hamm. “They got the old broad up those stairs — and that’s not easy.”
She added that the award was “the biggest surprise I’ve ever had in this business.”
It was a fitting win for White, whose recent comeback began at the SAG Awards. Her speech a year ago — in which she exhibited great comic timing and playful quips with presenter Sandra Bullock — was a huge hit. Afterward, a Facebook campaign was launched urging that she host “Saturday Night Live.”
She eventually did, in May, leading to an audience of 12.1 million for “SNL” and, later, an Emmy award for White. In December, Associated Press members voted her the AP Entertainer of the Year.
Back at the same podium that helped launch her unlikely late resurgence, White proved that another year hadn’t dulled her sharp wit. While speaking, she slyly ran her hand over the (particularly revealing) statuette, cooing, “ooh.”
The crowd roared.
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