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Thursday, September 19, 2013 12:06 AM

I love Betty White. Love her. I watch The Golden Girls re-runs every night. So the last time I was browsing at the library and came across a few books by her, I had to read some. I immediately read “If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t)” because it is her most recent. I was delighted beginning to end.

This is a very easy read; I finished it in one sitting. We’re not talking deep, philosophical material here. What is here, though, is funny, amusing and entertaining. White offers up many of her own life philosophies, some of which she learned from her mother. She talks about her parents often and includes pictures of them in the book.

Besides providing glimpses into her childhood and personal life, White also dishes out some details from her work in television and movies. She discusses her relationship with a few of her co-stars, such as Bea Arthur from The Golden Girls. Apparently, Arthur wasn’t a big fan of White because of her cheerful, optimistic demeanor. It kind of drove Arthur nuts. Also, Estelle Getty was so terrified of death that she refused to film scenes that depicted funerals or took place in funeral homes. These were little tidbits I found interesting.

White also makes many everyday observations about life. She offers her opinion on love, aging and the fairly recent Facebook campaign that got her to host Saturday Night Live.

I just loved reading Betty White’s insights and reading about the way she looks at life, from her theory on exercise to life after death. I knew this wasn’t going to be a heavy read but I was surprised at some of the kernels of wisdom I took away from the book. It’s like sitting down and having a conversation with the star — spending an afternoon with her.

This book by Betty White is at times thought-provoking, at other times touching and overall funny. Just like she is.

Last Updated on Thursday, September 19, 2013 12:14 AM

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