Monday, May 16, 2011
COIFFED IN LIVING COLOR - BETTY WHITE'S HAIR CARE COMMERCIALS - NBC-TV - CIRCA 10/11/59
Before she was fanning the flames of situation comedy on TV Land's hit, HOT IN CLEVELAND, and before Betty White was a Golden Girl, she was one of the first ladies of LIVING COLOR television.
Her earliest appearance was as a telephone operator on an L.A. variety show produced by KLAC-TV and hosted by singer Dick Haymes.The host asked viewers a question and they called into one of four operators awaiting the right answer. Ms. White was soon asked to ad-lib with the star.
Ms. White made her formal video debut as a comedienne, singer & co-host on a 1947, talk variety program that was also produced by KLAC-TV (now KCOP-TV) in Los Angeles, It was an easy-going,LIVE show that aired for five hours, each weekday, and was hosted by local disc jockey, Al Jarvis.
Her list of video ventures, spanning over sixty years, is too long and laudable to list, here.She has attained venerable status as a versatile actress and a wholesome performer with a stinging sense of humor.
While the term is overused, Ms. White is a verifiable,video icon.
Posted, below, from the VMANFACTOR5 YOU TUBE site are three classic commercials for the Richard Hudnut cosmetics company's line of hair care products , featuring Ms. White as their spokesperson, excerpted from a 1959 MILTON BERLE SPECIAL on NBC-TV