The Super Bowl halftime show has showcased the most popular musicians of recent times for several decades, but prior to the 1990s, it typically had marching bands and drill teams. It has evolved over time to feature unconventional musical pairings, with some performances having a leading performer joined by guests, while others comprise a diverse assortment of artists from various genres. Let’s examine the most exceptional Super Bowl halftime shows ever staged, with a ranking from the finest to the poorest, and check them out together.
It’s not unexpected that the legendary singer and songwriter, Prince, delivered an amazing Super Bowl performance. The acclaimed artist was the main act of the halftime show in 2007, and his extraordinary display still resonates today. Prince, who is known for his showy stage presence and ability to play multiple instruments, performed a blend of his own popular tracks and other well-known tunes.
He combined the songs “We Will Rock You” by Queen and “Best of You” by Foo Fighters through mashing them up. As for his remarkable Super Bowl performance, Prince delivered a flawless version of “Purple Rain” to wrap it up. Additionally, during his guitar solo, he managed to make rain pour down, making the performance even more impeccable.
Queen Bey delivered a flawless solo Super Bowl performance and took advantage of the occasion to reunite with her former Destiny’s Child members. Back in 2013, Fans witnessed the special appearance of Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams as guests during Beyoncé’s headline act.
The group sang their popular songs like “Bootylicious” and “Independent Women” during their performance for the Super Bowl, which was so remarkable that it caused a power outage in half of the Superdome for more than half an hour. Despite the inconvenience caused, the performance was still deemed a success.
The year 2002 marked a period of recovery for the US after the events of the previous year had caused great shock. During the halftime show of the Super Bowl, a popular Irish rock band U2 took to the stage and their performance of the song “Beautiful Day” provided a much-needed sense of hope and togetherness for the country.
Bono, the main vocalist, disclosed that his coat’s inner layer had an American flag. U2 finished their performance at the Louisiana Superdome with a heartening performance of “Where the Streets Have No Name”, which understandably caused the crowd to become ecstatic.
The halftime shows we enjoy today owe their popularity to the Super Bowl performance of the Prince of Pop in 1993. Following Michael Jackson’s appearance, there was a significant increase in ratings during the halftime break of the football game.
During his Rose Bowl show in Pasadena, California, Michael Jackson gave a remarkable performance which included renditions of “We Are the World”, “Heal the World”, and his famous moonwalk while singing “Billie Jean”. This incredible Super Bowl show led to a staggering 83% boost in sales for Michael Jackson’s album “Dangerous”.
In 2012, the Super Bowl halftime show in Indianapolis was headlined by Madonna, well-known as the Queen of Pop. She invited several special guests to join her performance, such as the electronic dance duo LMFAO, rappers Nicki Minaj and M.I.A, and singer-songwriter CeeLo Green.
The finale of Madonna’s performance included Cirque du Soleil performers, dancers, and drummers, all of whom participated in an impressive rendition of “Just Like a Prayer” alongside CeeLo Green and a large choir in robes. It is clear that Madonna is a skilled and impressive performer who knows how to deliver an unforgettable show.
Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, P. Diddy, Kid Rock, Jessica Simpson, and Nelly
The 2004 Super Bowl performance gained notoriety for the incident between Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake, but in reality, a group of popular artists, such as P. Diddy, Kid Rock, Jessica Simpson, and Nelly, were the main acts of the show. An eclectic mix of performers indeed.
Janet Jackson became widely known for her wardrobe malfunction incident that was witnessed by millions. This incident was so significant that it led to the coinage of the term ‘wardrobe malfunction’. Surprisingly, the performance resulted in Janet Jackson being boycotted on several radio stations and music channels.
Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Kendrick Lamar
The primary focus of the 2022 Super Bowl show was on hip-hop music, featuring top artists such as Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Kendrick Lamar as headliners, with 50 Cent and Anderson .Paak making special guest appearances. They performed a variety of their most popular songs, showcasing their rap skills.
The performance by Mary J. Blige of “No More Drama” was very pleasing to the audience, while Eminem’s rendition of “Lose Yourself” was very intense. This show received two Emmys, making it the first Super Bowl performance to win the prestigious award for Outstanding Variety Special.
Katy Perry’s ability to deliver an amazing performance is widely acknowledged. During the 2015 Super Bowl, she did not hold back and as a result, her halftime show broke records with a viewership of 118.5 million, becoming the most-watched halftime show on network broadcast.
At her performance, Katy Perry had singer-songwriter Lenny Kravitz and rapper Missy Elliot as her special guests. She sang “Firework” while flying through the sky and performed “Roar” while riding on a big lion puppet. The performance was recognized with two Emmy awards for its impressive costume and lighting.
Jennifer Lopez and Shakira
Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, two influential Latina performers, made history as they co-headlined the 2020 Super Bowl. Their halftime show has gained the highest number of views on YouTube and is believed to be the most popular halftime show globally. It is not unexpected since the artists are well-regarded and well-loved.
During their performance, J.Lo and Shakira had Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny and Colombian singer J Balvin as their special guests. Together, they performed some of their popular songs like “She Wolf”, “Jenny from the Block,” “Hips Don’t Lie”, “Ain’t it Funny”, “Whenever, Wherever”, and “Get Right”.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Throughout his career, Bruce Springsteen declined multiple invitations to perform at the Super Bowl. Nevertheless, in 2009, he and the E Street Band finally felt ready to take the stage. They delivered a memorable performance of four of Bruce’s most popular songs at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, which naturally included his iconic anthem “Born to Run”.
The musician originating from New Jersey performed a 12-minute set, forcing him to exclude a verse from each song, and concluded with his 1985 hit track, “Glory Days.”
In 2017, Lady Gaga started her Super Bowl halftime show in an unconventional way. Instead of her usual performance style, she began by singing “God Bless America” and “This Land Is Your Land”, which was a tribute to the original style of halftime shows during the early days of the Super Bowl.
Nonetheless, Lady Gaga performed her popular songs like “Poker Face” and “Born This Way”. The most impressive part of her performance was when she dropped her mic, caught a football, and then vanished from the stage.
Aerosmith and NSYNC
It is worth questioning the individuals responsible for selecting certain Super Bowl halftime performers. One instance of this is the 2001 show which included Aerosmith and NSYNC as headliners, and special guests Britney Spears, Nelly, and Mary J. Blige. The early 2000s were certainly a chaotic era for popular culture.
The entire group ended their show by singing in harmony to the popular song “Walk This Way” by Aerosmith. Additionally, during the performance NSYNC sang “Bye Bye Bye” and Aerosmith energetically performed their well-loved song “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”.
It is logical to hire a legendary performer for an impressive Super Bowl show, and Diana Ross definitely fits the bill as an icon. In 1996, the accomplished artist was the headliner and performed a combination of her most popular songs.
The crowd enthusiastically applauded as they sang along to hit songs such as “Stop In the Name of Love”, “Chain Reaction”, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, and “Take Me Higher”. Diana Ross made a grand entrance on a sparkling crane, and after her last performance, a helicopter descended to transport her away.
In 2016, there was some disagreement after Coldplay was chosen to headline the Super Bowl halftime show instead of Ms. Beyoncé Knowles, who was only listed as a special guest along with Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson. However, despite this controversy, Beyoncé still managed to make a splash with her performance of “Formation,” which garnered significant attention throughout the nation.
The show started with Coldplay’s popular songs such as “Yellow” and “Viva la Vida”, but we found the dance competition between Beyonce and Bruno with the songs “Crazy in Love” and “Uptown Funk” more enjoyable.
Following the Super Bowl controversy involving Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake, the NFL opted for a more secure option. In 2005, the audience was treated to a performance by ex-Beatle Paul McCartney. The British singer-songwriter sang four songs, without any controversial dancing or special guests.
At the beginning of his set, Sir Paul started singing the popular Beatles track “Drive My Car”, followed by “Get Back” and “Live and Let Die”. As the ending act, he performed a timeless version of “Hey Jude”, which was greatly enjoyed by the 84,000 audience members in the stadium, who joined in singing.
Shania Twain and No Doubt
An unusual collaboration is due. During the Super Bowl in 2003, the main performers were the country musician Shania Twain and the rock band No Doubt, led by Gwen Stefani. To make things even more surprising, Sting made an appearance as a guest.
Shania opened the set with mega hits “Man” I Feel like a Woman!” and “Up” followed by No Doubt’s catchy single “Just a Girl”. This strange set concluded with No Doubt and Sting harmonizing along to The Police song “Message in a Bottle”. Only at the Super Bowl.
The Rolling Stones
The length of Super Bowl halftime shows has varied over time. Some artists get through 10 to 15 songs, whereas others stick to four to six. However, when legendary rockers The Rolling Stones headlined in 2006, they only played three. Despite this, the show was viewed by almost 90 million people.
That was more than the combined audiences for the Oscars, the Grammys, and the Emmys. The English band performed in front of their iconic tongue logo on the largest stage ever assembled for a halftime show.
Occasionally, audiences are skeptical about whether an artist is big enough to headline a Super Bowl show. This was the case with Bruno Mars in 2014, who was still one year away from releasing his huge hit “Uptown Funk”. Despite this, the Hawaii-born star put on quite a show.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers joined as special guests to perform their track “Give it Away” with the headliner. Plus, Bruno Mars dedicated his closing song, “Just the Way You Are” to the families of soldiers.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers was a pretty good choice for the 2008 Super Bowl halftime show. After all, football fans know the group’s biggest hits, and they fit in well with the Americana vibes of an NFL game. Fittingly, the rock band opened with “American Girl”, before performing “I Won’t Back Down”, “Free Fallin’”, and “Runnin’ Down a Dream”.
Tom Petty understood this assignment. Apparently, other options for the 2008 show included Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Norah Jones, and The Eagles.
Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
The 1999 Super Bowl show was truly a 90s extravaganza. The headliners were celebrated singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder, Latin queen Gloria Estefan, and swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Together, these artists offered up a diverse, genre-blending performance. Tracks included Wonder’s “I Wish,” and Estefan’s “Turn The Beat Around”.
This show was billed as a “celebration of soul, salsa, and swing” and featured 1000 performers. Naturally, there were also huge lighted balloon balls, lasers, and pyrotechnics. Oh, and a skit featuring E.T.
Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, and Toni Braxton
We have to admit that we enjoy a bizarre Super Bowl supergroup. In 2000, Disney produced the halftime show featuring headliners Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, and Toni Braxton. Strangely, none of these hugely popular artists sang any of their greatest hits. Instead, they sang some rather disappointing and sappy ballads.
Together, Enrique and Christina crooned “Celebrate the Future Hand in Hand” while Toni belted the unknown track, “We Go On”. Meanwhile, English rocker Phil Collins sang the love song from Tarzan. Sigh.
Altogether, Justin Timberlake has performed at three Super Bowl halftime shows. He performed as part of NSYNC in the doomed ensemble with Janet Jackson, and then at his own headlining show in 2018.
At this performance, the pop star chose to promote his new album Man of the Woods rather than focusing on his big hits. Perhaps JT was trying to play it safe after his previous halftime show controversies. While he didn’t get anyone blacklisted this time, he received mixed reviews from critics.
Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, The Temptations, and Queen Latifah
At the 1998 Super Bowl in San Diego California, the theme was a “Salute to Motown’s 40th Anniversary.” For this performance, the headliners included big hitters Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, The Temptations, and Queen Latifah.
This hit-making lineup performed songs including “The Tracks of My Tears”, “A Song for Mama”, and “Dancing in the Street”. At this performance, Queen Latifah become the first rapper to make it onto the halftime show. In the years since, plenty of others have followed her lead.
In 2021, the world was still recovering from the shocking events of 2020. As a result, that year’s Super Bowl headliner The Weeknd focused on making the show “a cinematic experience” for home viewers. Oddly, the Canadian artist didn’t actually appear on the field until his final song, “Blinding Lights”.
This performance featured masked choir members standing against a neon city backdrop. There were no special guests, and there were issues with the audio quality. Overall, it’s certainly not in the Super Bowl halftime hall of fame.
The Blues Brothers, ZZ Top, and James Brown
Back in 1978, comedians Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi performed a musical sketch as The Blues Brothers. This eventually led to a 1980 comedy movie of the same name. When John Belushi passed away, the act continued with a revolving door of guest singers.
Bizarrely, in 1997, a version of The Blues Brothers performed at the Super Bowl. In this incarnation, Dan Aykroyd was joined by actors John Goodman and Jim Belushi. Weirder still, they performed with legendary soul singer James Brown and rock band ZZ Top.
The Black Eyed Peas
Our next entry is another odd concoction of musical acts. In 2011, the Black Eyed Peas headlined the Super Bowl, inviting special guests Usher and Slash to join them. So, that’s one pop-rap group, one R&B singer, and one hard rock guitarist. Right.
During this unforeseeable performance, the Black Eyed Peas cranked out “The Time (Dirty Bit)”, their version of “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life”. Then, Fergie crooned “Sweet Child O’ Mine” accompanied by Slash. Who would’ve thought?
Over time, various artists have turned down performing at the Super Bowl because of their views on the NFL. In 2019, the corporation was facing backlash over its blacklisting of athlete Colin Kaepernick. This meant that artists like Cardi B and Rihanna refused to perform.
However, Maroon 5 was ready and waiting to take that headliner spot. During their set, the pop-rock band invited out rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi. All three acts faced criticism for accepting the gig. Additionally, the show was considered underwhelming.
Along with Justin Timberlake, Gloria Estefan has performed at the Super Bowl three times. However, she has always been featured as part of an ensemble. In 1992, the Cuban-American star was joined by Olympic figure skaters in the “Winter Magic” halftime show.
This performance was before the show had transformed into the huge gig it is now. The seven-time Grammy award winner only sang two songs. The majority of the show was taken up by a marching band and figure skating. Still, she wore a fabulous outfit.
Amusingly, British rockers Pete Townsend and Roger Daltry had never watched an American football game before performing at the 2010 Super Bowl halftime show. Even when the NFL sent them other halftime shows on DVD for reference, they didn’t watch them. Perhaps that’s why The Who’s performance was so underwhelming.
During their set, the English rock band performed hits such as “Pinball Wizard”, and “Baba O’Riley”. After the fact, guitarist Pete Townsend remarked that “it was nice to be part of the spectacle.”
As we’ve seen, Super Bowl halftime shows didn’t become celebrity spectacles until the early ’90s. However, some big names did make appearances in the decades before. For example, in 1972 the Queen of Jazz performed a song during the halftime show.
In doing so, Ella Fitzgerald became the first African American and the first jazz artist to perform during halftime. That year, the theme was a “Salute to Louis Armstrong.” Fittingly, Lady Ella sang “Mack the Knife”, accompanied by trumpeter Al Hirt.
While Michael Jackson is considered the artist that kicked off the modern Super Bowl halftime show era, he’s far from the first celebrity to appear at the event. That title goes to actress, singer, and dancer Carol Channing.
The Broadway and movie star became the halftime show’s first celeb when she performed at the 1970 Super Bowl. Carol Channing took to the stage and sang a rousing performance of “When the Saints Go Marching In”. Also in the show were opera singer Marguerite Piazza and various musicians.
Tanya Tucker, Clint Black, Travis Tritt, and The Judds
In 1994, the Super Bowl halftime show was made up entirely of country singers. That year, the game took place in the Georgia Dome Atlanta with a theme of “Rockin’ Country Sunday.” It was country’s time to shine!
The headliners for the event were Nashville heavyweights Tanya Tucker, Clint Black, Travis Tritt, and the Judds. Views on this halftime show rely largely on how you feel about country music. The setlist included hits like “Tuckered Out”, “T-R-O-U-B-L-E”, and “Love Can Build a Bridge”.
New Kids on the Block
Interestingly, while ’90s boy band New Kids on the Block did perform at the 1991 Superbowl, their act was bumped for an ABC news report. As a result, at-home audiences could only view the show after the game had finished.
This might have been for the best, considering the band had to perform with a host of Disney characters. During their wholesome performance, the pioneering boyband sang “Step by Step”, and “This One’s for the Children”. Indeed, they were joined by 2000 local kids.
In the 1980s, the Super Bowl halftime show was still dominated by marching bands and drill teams. Despite this, rock singer and dancer Chubby Checker managed to get a headlining spot in 1988. He shared the performance with dance company The Rockettes, 88 grand piano players, and three different marching bands.
Known for popularizing various dance styles, Chubby Checker closed this halftime show with a medley. He combined his own single “Let’s Twist Again” with “The Super Bowl Twist”. Yikes.
Patti LaBelle, Tony Bennett, Teddy Pendergrass, and Miami Sound Machine
In the 90s, the Super Bowl still featured lots of Disney characters and music. This was the case for the 1995 show. It was headlined by soul singer Patti LaBelle, R&B artist Teddy Pendergrass, crooner Tony Bennett, and Latin band Miami Sound Machine.
This eclectic mix was joined by two performers dressed as Indiana Jones and his girlfriend Marion Ravenwood. During this bizarre performance, Patti LaBelle and Tony Bennett closed the show with “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from The Lion King.
It’s not rare to watch a star grow old on the screen these days. Once a celebrity has reached star-icon level, it’s reasonable to assume that they’re going to appear in a number of films and TV shows that we’ll see over the course of our lives. But it’s even more rare to find a star that has managed to build up an acting career that is older than some of our grandparents! Betty White is one of these stars and her story is an amazing one. So we thought we’d honor Betty White by showing how amazingly talented she really is and revealing some interesting things you probably never knew about her.
Who’s Who In The Zoo
Betty White admitted to that despite having had a thrilling and highly successful career in TV, she had always actually wanted to be a zoo-keeper! Betty White is an outspoken animal lover and has often been pictured with exotic and even dangerous animals.
It’s hard to imagine her as anything other than the loveable characters she’s portrayed, but she wanted to be a zoo-keeper because it was not a job for women at the time – a challenge she wanted to overcome.
Third Time’s The Charm
We all know that love is a tricky and winding path. We rarely manage to find the person that we will live with for the rest of our lives during our first real relationship or marriage.
This is especially true when it comes to celebrity marriages. Betty White was married twice before finding the man that she fell in love with for the rest of her life – Allen Ludden. We suppose they say the third time’s the charm!
Guinness World Record Holder
There are some pretty strange Guinness World Records out there, but Betty White has a pretty interesting one behind her name. The actress won a Guinness World Record for having the longest running career in television for a female actress.
Her career has spanned a total of 70 years, which means that she’s on par with the current male record holder, Bruce Forsythe. That’s a pretty impressive achievement when you consider that that’s almost the life expectancy of most people.
Her Career Started in 1939
Although her first big break came in 1952 when she got her own TV show, Life with Elizabeth, Betty White has actually been on the television screen since 1939, just three months after her high school graduation!
She started her career with a TV show on an experimental Los Angeles channel. She was a singer alongside one of her classmates, but the show and her appearance in it have all but been lost to history. She then put her career on hold to assist with war efforts.
She Played a Character Named Rose Nylund 4 Times
Actors are used to getting roles that are similar to one another, based on their personality traits and characteristics. Betty White is best known for her role as Rose Nylund in the show, Golden Girls.
However, not many fans know that she played a character with the exact same name in three other shows, namely Golden Palace, Nurses, and Empty Nest. However, the characters played on each show have nothing to do with one another – it’s just a coincidence.
That’s Mayor To You!
It’s not uncommon for celebrities to run for political office these days. We’re used to seeing names like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Clint Eastwood here, but it’s a little-known fact that Betty White was elected as the honorary Mayor of Hollywood in 1955.
Having become one of the first ever female producers in Hollywood, a town known for being a difficult place to find success, garnered her the award quite early on in her career and helped her build her fame.
A First Of Her Kind
Betty White is known for a lot of things, but few people realize that she was also a producer at an earlier stage in her career. Betty had a natural talent for working both in front of and behind the camera and this served her well in Hollywood.
Life With Elizabeth was a show that starred Betty White as the main character, but allowed her full creative control from behind the camera – something that was very rare at the time, especially for a woman.
Two Stars Together Forever
Earning yourself a star on Hollywood Boulevard is no easy feat and it often takes a lifetime to get that kind of recognition. As difficult as it is to earn yourself a star on the boulevard, it’s even more challenging to have both you and your partner earn a star!
When Betty White achieved her star on Hollywood Boulevard, she had the honor of having it placed next to her husband’s star as well. They’ll be side by side forever!
Despite being seen as everybody’s favorite granny, Betty White has quite an adventurous streak in her. She is well-known for being a bit of a card hustler and has been known to partake in poker tournaments on behalf of charity events quite often.
Besides doing it for the fun and love of the game, she is also considered to be pretty good at it and knows how to play a hand. Thankfully, she’s a responsible gamer and advocates for responsible gaming as well!
Robert Redford – A Fantasy
It’s not uncommon for celebrities to have celebrity crushes themselves. For Betty White, that crush is Robert Redford. The star admits that one of her biggest regrets regarding something she ‘didn’t do’ was Robert Redford. How cheeky!
We can understand her point of view though, as, during the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s, Robert Redford was one of the most legendary actors of his time – and very attractive. We suppose you’re never too old to try though!
Reporting For Duty
During times of war, we expect actors and celebrities alike to help out by giving their support for the fight in their own way. However, during World War II, Betty White felt the need to go the extra mile.
Rather than just buy war bonds, she decided to enlist in the army! By 1941, this had become a new trend for women and Betty White wound up driving a PX truck around Hollywood delivering supplies. Who said girls can’t fight?
Better With Age
Most people will tell you that as you get older in Hollywood, your chances diminish more and more. This is largely because as you age, the likelihood of your ‘star appeal’ to mass audiences decreases.
This, in turn, means that you’re more likely to get fewer roles and fewer awards. However, Betty White managed to defy this fixed idea of Hollywood by going on to be the oldest person to win an Emmy Award for her prank TV show. She’s only getting better with age!
Dirty Little Secret
We often think of celebrities as being incredibly conscious about their diets. We constantly hear about this person’s amazing diet and that person’s incredibly healthy lifestyle – but Betty White is old-school!
She’s admitted that she loves fast food and will often make a point of eating burgers, french fries, and hot dogs and drinking soda when she feeds herself. He friends joke that the preservatives in the food are what’s keeping her ‘preserved’ for such a long time!
A Missed Year
Looking back at her life, it’s difficult to imagine someone like Betty White having any real regrets. White admits that she has lived a full life so far, but has one notable regret.
She opened up to Oprah Winfrey during an interview and told her that she regretted putting off her marriage to husband Allen Ludden for a year while they were dating. Looking back now, she thought the extra year on their marriage would have meant a lot to her after his passing.
A Fan Of Parades
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a well-loved ceremony and tradition that has become a cornerstone of American society. While the historical significance of the day is obviously important to all American culture, the parade itself has become quite the feature.
From 1962 until 1971, Betty White hosted the televised event with actor Lorne Greene from Bonanza. To millions of people, she became the face of thanksgiving. We can see how her wonderful smile and bright attitude would instill that Thanksgiving spirit in anyone!
Animal Rights Activist
It’s not uncommon for celebrities to support causes that are close to their hearts. Betty White is known for being an outspoken animal lover, but few realize that she’s also an animal rights activist.
She has donated tens of thousands of dollars to various charities and done a number of events to help raise funds for charities or organizations over the years. She even has a T-shirt company that sells shirts to help raise money for the Morris Animal Foundation.
This may sound like a weird question to ask people, but in 2011 a poll went out asking everyday folks which celebrity they trusted most. Out of all the participants that voted, the majority of them said they trusted Betty White most!
On top of that, an additional 44% of those polled agreed that they’d be more likely to opt for a product, company, or service if Betty White was associated with the brand. She really is like everyone’s grandma!
SNL, Here I Come
In 2010, a group of Betty White fans created a group on Facebook with the idea of getting Betty White to host SNL. The idea was clearly quite a popular one and in a short space of time, it had gained nearly a million fans!
When the producer of SNL, Lorne Michaels, found out about the group, he agreed to make it happen, and soon Betty White became the oldest person to host Saturday Night Live. She says it was the most nerve-wracking moment in her career!
The Twiteratti Loves Her
Twitter can be the love and bane of celebrities. Make one wrong statement and the whole internet blows up in your face. So it makes sense for them to take social media very seriously because reputations are priceless in the world of celebrities.
When Betty White created her Twitter page, she had nearly 200,000 followers in a matter of hours. She has since grown to a following of 1.3 million! For a star of her age that’s a pretty impressive following!
As Good As It Got
Betty White was asked to audition for a role in the film As Good As It Gets alongside legendary actor Jack Nicholson. She was interested and decided to read the script.
However, to the producer’s disappointment, she turned down the script because of a scene containing animal cruelty. She claimed that if Jack Nicholson chucked a dog down a laundry shoot, everyone would and that was something she couldn’t allow to happen with her name in the credits.
Hoping For Blanche
When Betty White found out about the casting of Golden Girls she eagerly auditioned for the role of Blanche. She figured that she would be great as the feisty and demanding one out of the three.
During the audition, the producers loved her performance but wanted to try and get more dynamism out of her. So they switched her role with Rue McClanahan and the rest is Golden Girls history! Now it seems difficult to imagine her as anyone but Rose.
Volunteer Forest Ranger
It’s rare to find celebrities in public office positions – especially while they’re still acting, performing, or working. Betty White, however, is no ordinary star! Besides being an animal lover and activist, she also admits to spending a lot of time in the great outdoors.
In fact, she spent so much time in the woods and forest close to home in Hollywood, that she decided to volunteer as a forest ranger as well! Not your ordinary celebrity, indeed!
Technically Not A Grandma
Betty White is often referred to as ‘America’s Favorite Grandma’ but there’s something you should know about her. Technically speaking, Betty White is not a grandmother because she never had kids!
Yes, everyone’s favorite grandma isn’t even a grandmother! She does, however, have three step-grandchildren that her late husband’s kids from a past marriage had, but otherwise, she’s never had any of her own. However, most of us still like to see her as everybody’s loveable grandma on the screen!