Daytime Emmys Honor Betty White With Lifetime Achievement Award: ‘Retiring Is Not An Option’

Television icon Betty White will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Daytime Emmys on Sunday night, and it probably won’t be the last award she gets. The spunky 93-year-old actress and funny lady tells Variety “retiring is not an option” — she’s already thinking about what’s next for her in the world of showbiz.

The Lifetime Achievement Award that Betty will receive at the 2015 Daytime Emmys is well-deserved. She started her television career in 1939, earning her a spot in the Guinness World Records for having the longest career in TV for a female entertainer.

And she’s still going. White, who recently taped the finale of Hot in Cleveland, tells Variety, “I don’t want to rest, I just like to work.”

White is so busy thinking about her next project that she isn’t making a fuss over what she will wear to the Daytime Emmy Awards. Instead she says she will “rifle through” her closet and find a gown that’s she’s worn to another event. That doesn’t mean she’s downplaying the big award she will receive at the 42 Annual Daytime Emmy Awards — she’s thrilled to be honored with the award.

“I can’t be coy. I was thrilled.”

Bob Mauro, President of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, states that the Betty’s award is “well-deserved.”

“Betty White an “American institution. Betty’s career as a female pioneer has followed television from literally the beginning of the medium, winning her first Emmy Award in 1952, to the digital-streaming future, winning again in 2010. She is one of the most beloved female performers in the history of television and the National Academy is proud to be honoring her with a most well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award.”

White will join an impressive list of past Lifetime Achievement honorees, including Dick Clark, Bob Barker, Regis Philbin, Barbara Walters and Oprah Winfrey.

Betty White states that she will be ad-libbing her acceptance speech on Sunday night’s awards show — now that’s must-see TV. Tune in to watch the Daytime Emmy Awards on the POP Network starting at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 25.

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