Beloved TV icon Betty White died on Friday, weeks before what would have been the actress’ 100th birthday.
During White’s famous Hollywood career, she appeared in numerous TV shows and in movies – including the coveted host concert on “Saturday Night Live”. White, however, had rejected the role three times before accepting.
A viral Facebook campaign requesting her presence on “SNL” finally convinced her to take on the job.
Following the news of her passing, comedian Seth Meyers honored White by sharing a story from his time as “SNL” host.
“RIP Betty White, the only ‘SNL’ host I’ve ever seen get a standing ovation for the afterparty,” he tweeted. “A party where she ordered a vodka and a hot dog and ended up on the bitter end.”
BETTY WHITE FILMED a tribute to her fans just 10 days before her death
Here’s a look at White’s top five “SNL” moments:
White opened “SNL” with a monologue full of jokes about her age. The comedian was 88 years old at the time she appeared on the show, and she used that fact to make the audience laugh.
“When I first heard about the campaign to get me to host ‘Saturday Night Live,’ I did not know what Facebook was. And now that I know what it is, I have to say it sounds like a enormous waste of time “, White joked in his monologue.
“People say, ‘But Betty, Facebook is a great way to connect with old friends.’ Well, at my age, if I want to connect with old friends. I need an Ouija board,” she continued.
Scared Straight: Bullying with Betty White
White appeared in a sketch alongside Kenan Thompson’s character Lorenzo McIntosh, a convict. White played the convict’s grandmother Loretta. Thompson’s character made his grandmother bully some teens into behaving properly.
White also appeared as MacGruber’s grandmother in the familiar sketch. MacGruber tries to defuse a bomb, and White’s character continues to remind him to use his manners and tell stories from his youth, despite the urgency of the moment.
Census Taker Vs. Old Lady
White appeared in the infamous census drawing. Tiny Fey asks White’s character questions for the census. The sketch was first made by Tim Meadows and Christopher Walken in 2000, but White brought his own flair to the sketch in 2010.
After hosting “SNL” in 2010, White made a special appearance in the show’s 40th anniversary special. The actress appeared in “The Californians” sketch in the 2015 episode along with a handful of other stars, including Taylor Swift, Bradley Cooper and Kerry Washington.