Documentary screening celebrating Betty White will go ahead on her 100th birthday

The makers of a documentary about the life and career of US actress Betty White have announced that the screening of the film on her 100th birthday will take place as planned.

The film veteran died on New Year’s Eve at the age of 99, less than a month before her landmark birthday on January 17th.

To mark the occasion, the documentary Betty White: 100 Years Young was only to be shown in cinemas for one night by Fathom Events.

The producers, Steve Boettcher and Mike Trinklein, said they hope the documentary will be a celebration of their lives and “learn what made them such a national treasure”.

In a statement posted online, they said: “Our hearts today mourn the death of Betty White.

“During the many years that we have worked with her, we have developed a great deal of love and admiration for Betty as a person and as an accomplished entertainer.

“We are grateful for the decades of joy that it has brought everyone.

“Betty always said she was the ‘happiest woman on two legs’ who had had as long a career as her. And honestly, we’ve been lucky enough to have them for so long.

“We will continue our plans to show the film on January 17th in the hope that our film will give everyone who loved them a chance to celebrate their lives – and learn what made them such a national treasure has.”

The film features highlights from White’s more than 80-year television career, including clips from The Golden Girls, SNL, Hot In Cleveland, The Proposal, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Celebrities like Tina Fey, Lin Manuel Miranda, Ryan Reynolds and Robert Redford talk about the veteran star and her work.

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