Last night, Celebration Theatre’s 31st Anniversary awards show at CBS studios was a swoon fest of stars. The highlight of the evening came when 92 year-old Betty White joined her “Hot in Cleveland” co-stars Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick, and Jane Leeves to perform a reading of one of the episodes from Season One of the Golden Girls. In an interesting switch, Betty read the character played by the late, legendary Bea Arthur. It was like watching history in the making, all over again.
During the episode, Dorothy preaches to Blanche that “Age is just a state of mind.” How true that is, not only for Betty White, but also for Mary Wilson, one of the original Supremes, who performed earlier to a standing ovation. Still as spry as “teenager from the Brewster Projects of Detroit,” she belted out “I Am Changing” from Dreamgirls and was proud to announce that she is indeed 70 years-old.
After watching these two legends on stage, the next time one of my 50-something patients complains about getting older, I’ll tell them to check out Betty White and Mary Wilson.