Betty White can’t remember what she wore to her first Emmys, but she has a good excuse — it was 63 years ago.
“I haven’t a clue,” White told People of her first time at the ceremony in 1951.
“I’m sorry. I should, but I don’t have a clue.”
But the Hot in Cleveland star — who is nominated this year for hosting Betty White’s Off Their Rockers on Lifetime — has no trouble recalling her win for most outstanding female personality, an award she won in 1952.
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“Zsa Zsa Gabor was also nominated and was at my table. When they came around to our award, Zsa Zsa got her purse out and powdered her nose and put her lipstick on,” says White, 92. “I didn’t think there was a prayer. I was just interested in seeing how it came out, but they announced my name instead of Zsa Zsa’s. . . . I could not believe it. And I don’t think Zsa Zsa could either.”
White has been nominated for 21 Primetime Emmy Awards over the years and says the ceremony Monday at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles will be very different from the small affair she attended at the Ambassador Hotel all those years ago.
“It wasn’t the lights and fashion it is now,” says White. “You still got dressed up and it was still an honor even that early on, but it wasn’t the worldwide schmear it is now.”
THE REAL DEAL
Yvette Nicole Brown is ready to shed the skin she’s in . . . or at least the wig.
“I want to show African-American women that all of our hair is beautiful in its natural state,” the Community star told People at Entertainment Weekly’s Pre-Emmy Party at Fig & Olive on Saturday.
Her first step? Going without her own collection of weaves to reveal her real hair.
“We don’t have to add pieces,” the actress, 43, says. “I’m at a place in my life where I want to be authentically myself.”
Zach Braff says he had a blast making his Broadway debut in Bullets Over Broadway, but as the critical flop came to an early end Sunday, he admits that all that dancing and singing wore him out.
“I am exhausted,” Braff, 39, told People at an “appreciation party” that his co-star, Vincent Pastore, threw for cast members at The New York Beer Company in Manhattan after their Thursday show. “But I had more fun doing this than in any other time in my life.”
Meanwhile, Bullets has not only spelled financial troubles for Woody Allen, it’s caused tension in his relationship with his longtime business manager and sister, Letty Aronson, a source tells Confidenti@l.
“It’s not ruined, but there are definitely frustrations that have been openly expressed,” the source says. “The play cost her and her investors $15 million and was troubled from day one.”