: I knew I always liked Betty White..



ryannel2003
04-11-10, 10:24 PM
Because she drives a Silver Seville STS.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8pzBpCRxBw&feature=related

I could kill that camera guy though. What a jerk.

gdwriter
04-11-10, 10:42 PM
That is so cool Betty White drives a Seville. She is the coolest and funniest old broad around.

She and Abe Vigoda starred in by far the best Super Bowl Commercial this year:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1Sv_z9jm8A

I've loved Betty White since she first showed up on The Mary Tyler Moore Show as Sue Ann Nivens, the Happy Homemaker. The story goes that it was supposed to be a one-time guest spot for the sappy, sweet on the outside, snarky on the inside host of Martha Stewart-like program who has an affair with Lars, Phyllis' never-to-be-seen husband.

The producers were trying to figure out who to cast, wanting a "Betty White type." So Mary Tyler Moore says, "Why don't you hire Betty White?" Despite the producers' reservations about casting one of Mary's friends, Betty turned that one-time shot into a series regular. When Phyllis goes to confront Sue Ann, all hell breaks loose at ~1:30. The ad lib with the oven door is priceless:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_YrLfvraEw

And she recently reprised Sue Ann for a MTM promo:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vR7bl45t7fM

I was never a huge fan of Rose on The Golden Girls; not because of Betty, but the character was just too dingy.

And what I love is how she sends up her sweet, goody-goody image. In real life, she's got a bawdy sense of humor.

The Funny or Die video with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaoJbMOUkcE

"She's a BLEEP-ing national treasure!"

A couple of appearances on the Late Late Show as a Girl Scout and a guard at San Quentin:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8u4fzHjklmU



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n22hj18WNFY

And her acceptance speech for the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YMNszOWFGk

88 years old and still kicking ass. And great taste in cars.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
04-11-10, 10:50 PM
I wonder if she's got Magnaride! :lildevil:

ryannel2003
04-11-10, 11:14 PM
I grew up watching The Golden Girls on TV so i've always liked her. I honestly never got into watching Mary Tyler Moore mainly because the reruns weren't as frequent as TGG were back in the 90's and 00's. I love old shows like these though. They certainly don't have good TV these days. The Golden Girls, I Love Lucy, Bewitched, Maude... I mean the list goes on.

Chad couldn't be a Magneride car; had the 16" wheels on it. To be honest it looks like an '01 or early '02 build. The emblem on the front grille would be the giveaway. The '98-'01 had the monochrome emblem with the ducks, while the '02-'04 had the new Art and Science. Oh well, she still drives a Seville and that is pretty kick ass.

Jesda
04-11-10, 11:15 PM
LOL, she probably called her closest friend and said "Some weird f***ing c*nt tried to kiss me. What's with these people?"

Betty White has taste!

gdwriter
04-11-10, 11:19 PM
I grew up watching The Golden Girls on TV so i've always liked her. I honestly never got into watching Mary Tyler Moore mainly because the reruns weren't as frequent as TGG were back in the 90's and 00's. I love old shows like these though. They certainly don't have good TV these days. The Golden Girls, I Love Lucy, Bewitched, Maude... I mean the list goes on.That's what's so great about Netflix. I've had several seasons of Golden Girls, Bewitched and Maude in my queue; and I own every episode of I Love Lucy and Seasons 1-6 of MTM. Still waiting for Season 7 to be release. Betty White was on MTM in seasons 4-7. And as funny as Lucy is, I really love Vivian Vance as Ethel. She's the queen of second bananas with her snarky comebacks.

orconn
04-12-10, 01:04 PM
I am not at all surprised at Betty White's choice of a Seville as her personal car. But I think the real surprise is that she is still driving at 88 years old! It may surprise some that many of the legendary stars drive or drove Cadillacs long after Mercedes and BMWs became deriguer among the young and up and comers. But what else could Betty drive .... maybe a Jaguar XJ, certainly not a German sport sedan or a Japanese luxury clone!

gdwriter
04-12-10, 02:05 PM
Betty White is like the Seville: timeless and classy and fun. If she can still drive safely at 88, you go, girl.

orconn
04-12-10, 02:43 PM
betty white is like the seville: Timeless and classy and fun. If she can still drive safely at 88, you go, girl.

Well said, and may she drive her Seville for many more years!

gdwriter
04-12-10, 05:28 PM
And the Seville in this video is not her first. Her late husband Allen Ludden custom ordered a '77 Seville (http://www.oldcarsweekly.com/article/AACA-Museum-Betty%20White-Muscle-Cars/) in Seamist Green for Betty. It's now on display at the AACA Museum (http://www.aacamuseum.org/exhibitions/betty-white-cadillac.aspx)in Hershey, PA.

http://www.aacamuseum.org/images/pic_betty-white-cadillac.jpg

Stingroo
04-12-10, 06:04 PM
The irony: Gary's Seville is named Betty.


I'm sure I'm not the only one who noticed this.

gdwriter
04-12-10, 06:22 PM
The irony: Gary's Seville is named Betty.


I'm sure I'm not the only one who noticed this.No, it's the Impala that's named Betty. The Seville is Sabrina.

Stingroo
04-12-10, 06:44 PM
Oh yeah. I fail.

Disregard above post. lol

ben.gators
04-12-10, 07:44 PM
Hum, for some reason Betty's Seville looks like to be an SLS for me, not STS. A 2000+ SLS that has the same fog light and rims that STS has.

77CDV
04-12-10, 10:50 PM
See, this is what you get when you come up through live TV with the likes of Milton Berle, Sid Cesar, Jack Benny, and Burns and Allen. All these folks honed their skills in vaudeville and live radio and were masters of comedic timing. There were no retakes, and if you flubbed or forgot a line, you had to improvise very quickly, and so did all the folks around you.

Comedic actors like Betty White are something to cherish, because we won't see any more like them.

tr's-cts
04-13-10, 04:57 PM
All I got to say is.....................I hope I have half her energy when I'm her age.:thumbsup:

She has always been one of my favorites.....

gdwriter
04-20-10, 07:22 PM
There's a story about Betty White's seamist green Seville in the New York Times (http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/15/betty-white-and-a-cadillac-named-parakeet/?src=mv). It's named Parakeet. The silver Seville shown in the video Ryan first posted is named Seagull.

ted tcb
04-20-10, 11:19 PM
Here's the story on Betty White's 1977 Seville.

"Betty White is known for her timeless charm and quick wit, but when the 88-year-old comedian and veteran of television series like “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Golden Girls” mentioned her “beloved parakeet,” I thought the joke was on me.

“Oh, that’s its name,” Ms. White politely explained, referring to the custom Seamist Green 1977 Cadillac Seville that she once owned for 25 years. The car was recently put on display at the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum in Hershey, Pa.

Ms. White said in a telephone interview that she names all of her cars after birds. “I had yellow Cadillac — that was Canary,” she said. “And this one was Parakeet. I have a silver one right now which is Seagull.”

The Cadillac was donated to the museum by its most recent owner, Nicholas Ferrantino of Houston. With less than 18,000 miles on the odometer, the car is in nearly new condition. Accompanying the car is a selection of photographs covering Ms. White’s career, including photos of the Cadillac being used on-air in the series “Mama’s Family.”

The Cadillac was a surprise gift to Ms. White from her late husband, Allen Ludden, who was a television personality and game-show host. As the most expensive Cadillac of its day, every Seville came loaded from the factory with luxury features. This example includes extra touches, like a custom paint job, an AT&T phone and small dash plaque that reads “Betty.”



AACA Museum

The Cadillac came with extra touches, such as custom paint, a dash plaque, and a car phone.Yet the most priceless feature of this Seville is the car’s Hollywood provenance, and the stories that come with it.

Ms. White said the car was a “total surprise” when her husband arrived home. “Allen had been on a trip,” she said. “He had gone to New York to do a couple appearances and came back. Rather than try to meet each other at the airport, he would always take a cab and come home.

“So I was thrilled waiting for him. I was upstairs, putting my makeup on, when I hear the car pull up. I looked outside and it wasn’t a taxi, there was this pretty car and all of a sudden Allen got out of it. Of course, I came running down the stairs. Here is this beautiful Seamist Green Cadillac with a white top. I love all the watercolors and that pale green is one of my favorite colors.”

Ms. White said parting with the Seville was not easy. “I just loved that car and kept it as long as I could,” she said. A longtime supporter of animal charities, Ms. White donated the car to the Los Angeles Humane Society in 2002. “The day they came to pick it up, I just couldn’t look,” she said. “I went out into the backyard and I waited until they went away. I just couldn’t bear to see it go.”

Despite her busy work schedule, which includes hosting an upcoming episode of “Saturday Night Live,” Ms. White remains committed to her work with animal charities; she said she has worked with the Morris Animal Foundation for 45 years. “My life is divided into absolute halves: half show business and half animal welfare work. They’re the two things I love the most, so you can’t do better than that.”

I asked if pets were allowed in the 1977 Seville or any of her cars. “Oh, they’re not ruled out of anything in my life,” said Ms. White.

“I know, the leather seats and all that,” she added. “But it never did any harm. They’re all welcome,” she said. She concluded the interview by sending her love to my own dog, Merlin, and best wishes to her “beloved Parakeet


http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n243/tedtcb/seville77.jpg

Jesda
01-23-11, 11:43 AM
Great story! Its funny how she and I name our cars after birds. :P

Can anyone find a working copy of the video in the original post?

Playdrv4me
01-23-11, 04:50 PM
threadresurrection.com

orconn
01-23-11, 05:18 PM
Great story! Its funny how she and I name our cars after birds. :P

Can anyone find a working copy of the video in the original post?

What were some of the other "bird names" (aside from Ducky) that you named your cars?

With one or two exceptions, we've also given our cars women's names. The '76 Seville was Samantha, the '93 Seville STS was Mrs. Simpson (Duchess of Windsor type), Wallace for short. There were exceptions like "Dudley Dooright" (the Dodge Diplomat wagon) and Yves the Peugeot 505S and the VW Scirocco "the Pocket Panzer". But mostly the were given woman's names like "Passionela von Climax" the Lamborghini!

Jesda
01-23-11, 06:48 PM
The Seville might get a name, but to get a unique title it has to be either
1) Weird enough or
2) Reliable enough

So far, it its neither. It is pleasing to drive though, and very, very easy on the eyes (and spine).

ryannel2003
01-23-11, 08:13 PM
Never really named my car but as much as I love it I probably should have back in the day. Unfortunately as devilish as the car has been over the past 2 1/2 years it would probably be named Samantha, because every woman I've never known named Samantha has been crazy and in the end, quite moody... much like my Seville.

Yet, I still wouldn't drive anything else. With it's worn down suspension, cracked windshield, burnt out 3rd brake light, and ever impending 100k mile breaking point I still enjoy it. Quite strange, most people would have dumped the car a long time ago.

ga_etc
01-23-11, 08:57 PM
You're not even to 100K Ryan?

cadillac kevin
01-23-11, 09:02 PM
not sure what I'd name my car if I gave it a person's name. I just call it the Crapillac because something's always breaking on it.

ga_etc
01-23-11, 09:07 PM
My ETC is Kathy.

hueterm
01-23-11, 09:14 PM
threadresurrection.com


You'd think he'd know better....he's no better than a 3 post noob...

:tisk:

Although, at least this thread isn't 5 years old, and was stupid to begin with, like most resurrects...

And Betty White is awesome...!

Jesda
01-23-11, 09:33 PM
Amusingly, this thread came up on Google when I was looking for Betty's current Seville. Everything out there covers her old one.