Another awesome octogenarian

By now, we’ve all heard about Betty White’s triumphant turn as host of “Saturday Night Live” on May 8. I didn’t get a chance to watch it live, but I couldn’t wait to see her monologue. I watched the video Sunday morning in our home office while my BF was in another room.

Finally, he came in to see what all the laughter was about. I said, “I can’t tell you. You really need to see it for yourself.” And you do too! If you haven’t seen it yet, you really owe it to yourself.

[Unfortunately, the video is not available any longer without a subscription.]

And Betty White is not alone. Another absolutely awesome octogenarian, Angela Lansbury is on Broadway these days in a revival of “A Little Night Music.” The 84-year-old actress and singer co-stars with Catherine Zeta-Jones.

And one of the reviews in  the BBC News calls Angela Lansbury “quite delicious” and “the production’s real jewel.” How fortunate that these two legendary stars are entertaining us still as they have for so long!

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  • Madeleine Kolb 07/18/2010, 8:56 pm

    Hey Mike, Thank you for dropping by and leaving a comment. I need to check out your blog ASAP.

  • Mike 07/18/2010, 4:42 pm

    Ahhh, so there is hope for us all. That’s what I’ve been telling people anyway!
    .-= Mike @ This Old Brain Dot Net´s last blog ..Nobody Grows Old =-.

  • Madeleine Kolb 05/24/2010, 8:44 am

    Sherry, What a pleasure to hear from you, and thanks for your comment.

    “By the end I had tears in my eyes, not from laughing, but from the realization that life doesn’t end at 60 or 70 or 80 nor apparently at 88 1/2.”

    Quite true–many people still have a great deal to contribute at 60, 70, 80, and beyond. Entertainers clearly get a lot of attention in this regard, but they are not the only ones who make this a better world for all of us.

    .-= Madeleine Kolb´s last blog ..Another Awesome Octogenarian =-.

  • Sherry Tuckett 05/23/2010, 10:40 pm

    It was great to see you on Facebook and I’m so glad you directed me to your blog. I missed SNL and was delighted to get to see Betty White’s monologue. By the end I had tears in my eyes, not from laughing, but from the realization that life doesn’t end at 60 or 70 or 80 nor apparently at 88 1/2. Thanks for reminding me.

  • Madeleine Kolb 05/23/2010, 7:49 pm

    Jean, Thanks for your comment.

    “Having a sense of humor and doing work you love definitely do seem to play a big role in enjoying life at any age.”

    I couldn’t have said it better myself.
    .-= Madeleine Kolb´s last blog ..Another Awesome Octogenarian =-.

  • Jean Sarauer 05/23/2010, 6:24 pm

    I have an aunt who reminds me of Betty White. She’s 89, funny, and can still run circles around most of us when it comes to getting things done. She loves doing things for others – washing dishes and teaching classes at the senior citizens center, making things for her grand kids, helping out at her church, etc. Having a sense of humor and doing work you love definitely do seem to play a big role in enjoying life at any age.
    .-= Jean Sarauer´s last blog ..How to Live With Your Inner Critic =-.

  • Madeleine Kolb 05/21/2010, 1:44 pm

    Manal, I’m glad you enjoyed the video clip.

    And “They demonstate that we can be as good at 80 as any other age.”
    I completely agree.
    .-= Madeleine Kolb´s last blog ..Another Awesome Octogenarian =-.

  • Manal 05/20/2010, 7:34 pm

    Madeleine,
    Great two examples of brilliance. They are both legends and rightly so. They demonstate that we can be as good at 80 as any other age.

    I didn’t watch SNL so I’m thankful for the clip in your blog. Had a good laugh
    .-= Manal´s last blog ..How to Find the Light When the Tunnel Keeps Getting Darker =-.

  • Madeleine Kolb 05/18/2010, 11:07 am

    Angela, I also loved Betty White on the Mary Tyler Moore show. (I loved the whole show.) And I used to enjoy Angela Lansbury on “Murder, She Wrote.”

    To me what is exceptional about these two is the great talent, rather than the age. I just read of another enormously talented man, Hank Jones, whose career spanned eight decades. He died two days ago at the age of 91, and his obituary (titled “Piano genius played big-band to bebop”) was in the Washington Post today. What a life he led, including becoming a professional jazz pianist at age 13 against his father’s wishes.

    It does seem that continuing to do work for which one has a great passion is a big factor in living a long, healthy, and happy life.
    .-= Madeleine Kolb´s last blog ..Another Awesome Octogenarian =-.

  • Angela Artemis 05/17/2010, 10:47 pm

    Hi Madeleine,
    I watched Saturday Night Live when Betty White hosted and thought it was one of the better shows in a long time – at least since Tina Fey did such a great job playing Sarah Palin.

    I loved Betty White as Sue Ann Niven on The Mary Tyler Moore show -a favorite show when I grew up. Betty looked so wholesome yet she played this nympho on the MTM show and it was hilarious!

    You know, as time passes and I get older, the younger I think 80 sounds!
    Thanks for making me feel young!
    .-= Angela Artemis´s last blog ..Intuition: Will We Ever Learn how It Works? =-.