She'll still forever be our golden girl. The irrepressible, ever-shining entertainer Betty White passed away on New Year's Eve 2021 at the grand age of 99. At the time, she was only a few weeks shy of her 100th birthday on January 17, 2021. Things were being planned, and will still rightfully go on for an upcoming birthday celebration of her life. And right now, it's a great time to honor the actress by watching a few fun, modern era Betty White movies.
While she was known by most for her iconic turns on television shows like "The Golden Girls," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and more recently "Hot in Cleveland," White was no stranger to the big screen, too. Here, from the last quarter century, are 5 movies to enjoy and celebrate, for a lady who made us all smile a little bit wider.
This Studio Ghibli anime from esteemed filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki tells the enchanting tale of a goldfish washed ashore and rescued by a human boy. "Ponyo" longs to become a human girl, but with that desire comes many fateful circumstances. Joining Betty White in the English language version of the film are fellow veteran performers Lilly Tomlin and Cloris Leachman, along with new era stars Tina Fey, Matt Damon, and Cate Blanchett. Of all the modern era movies featuring Betty White, this one's the best.
The hit rom-com stars the always likeable Sandra Bullock as a Canadian CEO whose visa is about to expire. To solve the situation, and create a scenario for amusing hijinks, she somehow convinces her assistant Ryan Reynolds to pose as her fiancée. While Bullock was the one nominated for a Golden Globe, Betty White also turns in a memorable performance as her fiancée's amusing Grandma Annie.
Dr. Seuss' the Lorax
One great Grammy performance deserves another. In the big screen animated version of the Dr. Seuss classic, Zac Efron voices the lovestruck Ted. The gent seeks out the mythical forest guardian the Lorax (voice of Danny DeVito) to help him find a Truffula tree for his beloved Audrey (Taylor Swift). White provides the voice of Ted's wisecracking, boisterous Grammy Norma.
The Story of Us
While the critics were lukewarm on director Rob Reiner's "The Story of Us," it's an interesting mix of the highs and lows of married life. Previously, Reiner was known for several classics across different genres ("This Is Spinal Tap," "Misery," "A Few Good Men"). This one's not as successful, but it's a good change of pace for the director and stars Bruce Willis and Michelle Pfeiffer. Plus, it never hurts to have Betty White on hand to lend some warmth and sage wisdom.
It's a battle of the females in this 2010 comedy. Kristen Bell's the lead, determined to discover the true intentions of her former teen nemesis (Odette Yustman), who's now engaged to her brother. The marital discord deepens when Yustman's mom (Sigourney Weaver) shows up on the scene. And she just happens to be the ex-rival of Bell's mom (Jamie Lee Curtis). With everyone at each other's throats, who can keep the peace? Maybe Betty White as Grandma Bunny. Nothing to be taken seriously here (at all), but it is fun to watch these all-stars in action.
Chuck is an editor/writer who's worked for NCM, Fandango, Movies.com, MediaTrip, Hollywood.com and Newsweek. His favorite movie is "Jaws." He's definitely a dog guy.