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More Serious Side of Betty White

Posted by elegant On January - 20 - 2012

Betty White celebrated her 90th birthday on January 17, 2012. NBC threw in a big bash for the celebration. You may know her from “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” or from “Golden Girls”. But do you know that the seven time Emmy winner and SAG Lifetime Achievement Award winner is an avid promoter of animal health and welfare?

Her love for animals started at her early childhood. Her father brought in stray animals home and asks Betty whether she want to keep them. Betty says she was a lucky little girl.

Betty’s serious work with animals started in 1970 with the Morris Animal Foundation. It is an animal health organization where she was involved with more than 30 animal health studies. She was president emeritus of the organization.

At the same time she got involved with the Los Angeles Zoo. Her untiring work has resulted in renovating chimpanzee and gorilla exhibits at the zoo. Betty also spearheaded the opening of the new elephant forest at the zoo.

Betty says she is not an animal rights activist but a promoter of animal health and welfare. Betty says she like both, comedy and animals, equally.

Latin American Art

Posted by elegant On January - 20 - 2012

Latin American art is a collection of work by South and Central America, Mexico, Caribbean and those who live in other parts of the world with an origin of Latin America.

Diego Rivera held a show at the Museum of Modern Art in November 2011. Auctions at prestigious auction houses like Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips de Pury indicate an increased awareness and interest in Latin American art.

Christie’s handled $43 million worth of Latin American pieces in 2011. That is four times more than the sales of 2003. 23 Latin American artists were highlighted during the two-day Christie’s auction in November 2011.

Interest in Latin American art is increasing but there is long way to go. A silkscreen and stainless steel “Balloon Monkey Wall Relief” by Jeff Koons sold for $1.2 million. Compare this to Diego Rivera’s “Retrato de Julieta” which sold for $362,500 about the same time period.

As a reference point, LACMA, the Los Angeles Museum of Modern Art, regularly add to its collection of Latin Art.

Latin American pieces are experiencing a rise in prices. There may be opportunities for art lovers throughout the world to pick up excellent pieces at below market prices for their collection.

Can you believe Betty White is 90?

Posted by elegant On January - 20 - 2012

NBC threw in a birth day bash on TV for the Golden Girl, Betty White, on Monday, January 16, 2012. She is 90.

Born in Oak Park, Ill, Betty landed her first movie role in a short film, “Time to Kill” at the of age 23 in 1945. Movie was made by the U.S. Armed Forces to encourage solders after the tour of duty.

Betty sang for a Los Angeles area TV station in 1939. By 1952, she had her own daily radio show, “Hollywood on Television”.

First sitcom role came in 1953 in “Life with Elizabeth”. She was the lead and the show lasted until 1955.

Betty married to show producer Alan Ludden in 1963 whom she met at the set of “Password”.

1973 to 1977 she appeared on “Mary Tyler Moore Show” where she won two Emmys.

Perhaps, we all know her very well from her role in “Golden Girls”. Who could not remember four elderly roommates and naive Rose Nylund?

After “Golden Girls”, she made guest appearances in several shows and “The John Larroquette Show” landed her an Emmy.

This is brief may not do the justice for her long career in TV, film and radio. Thank you for being a friend.