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Here We Go Again: My Life In Television

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  1,776 ratings  ·  187 reviews

A MEMOIR OF BETTY WHITE’S FIRST FIVE DECADES ON TELEVISION—AS IRREVERENT AND IRRESISTIBLE AS THE BELOVED ACTRESS HERSELF

BETTY WHITE first appeared on television in 1949 and has gone on to have one of the most amazing careers in TV history, starring in shows such as Life with Elizabeth, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and The Golden Girls, among many others. She is one of the h

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Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Scribner (first published 1995)
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What can I saw that hasn't already been said? :) It was pure joy to dive into Betty's world again and learn more about her life... she is quite a person and I hope I have just as much energy and zest for life as she does when I'm that age.

Highly recommend, lots of fun!
Katie
Wow -- if I thought I liked Betty White before, I'm now in love with her. This autobiography reads like a conversation -- just as I imagined Betty to write and to be. I mean, I felt like i was talking to my grandmother, my great aunt, and my best friend all rolled into one.

Her humor, positivity, and effervescence radiates throughout the entire book.

I couldn't put it down -- in fact, I read all but 40 pages in a weekend of travel.

If you are even REMOTELY interested in old television, buy this imm
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Mom
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Betty White is an amazing lady! I already thought she was but this book confirmed it! I love her writing style. It's so honest, direct, and humorous. There is no hopping around in time to confuse you and the pictures are in close proximity to what she is talking about. I can't wait to read the next book!
Jennifer
This was a fun read! Betty White is such a witty, cheerful and hard-working person! It was fun to learn about her experiences with television over many decades and see how the business has changed through her eyes. She is such a charismatic person, and the book made me want to watch more of her shows other than Golden Girls!
Lisa
Betty White has been an ever-present part of my television viewing pleasure for the majority of my life. I can remember spending weekends at my Grandmother’s house watching first-run episodes of The Golden Girls on Saturday nights. While I was too young to fully appreciate the show as a five-year old, I was reintroduced to the seemingly timeless comedy in college when reruns were shown on the Lifetime network. Eight years since being reintroduced to the show, I can still watch The Golden Girls a ...more
Carla Peele
It was an interesting look at television's inception, and finally a bio that was mostly sweetness and light, not creepy tragedy lurking at half of the corners. It was just a breezy, fun read-- like having a conversation with Betty herself.

And, when she spoke about feeling defensive when attacked by those feminists at the Television and Broadcast Convention, I was SO on her and Jayne Wyatt's side! "Go, ladies!", I thought. Personally, I thought the feminatzis were being stupid-- the roles of wom
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Orsolya
Whether you are 9, 19, or 90; EVERYONE loves Betty White. Name one person who doesn’t and I will personally check their brain cells for defective wiring. This loveable lady opens up the story of her long-lived career in “Here We Go Again: My Life in Television”.

This is the third Betty White book I have read and was pleasantly surprised with the writing style/content. In comparison to White’s other books which feature antidotes and inspirational stories/advice; “Here We Go Again” is more of a mem
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Texbritreader
This book is a reissue of Miss White's breezy 1995 memoir and includes a new introduction and afterword. It focuses primarily on her long career in television with some amusing anecdotes about her many famous friends (Lucille Ball, Carol Channing, Mary Tyler Moore, Fred Astaire, George Burns etc.) and some personal stories involving her third husband, gameshow host Allen Ludden, her stepchildren and her parents. Her childhood is almost completely omitted, as is her first brief marriage.

However,
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Amy Palmer
Feb 27, 2011 Amy Palmer rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Betty White fans, Golden Girls fans, television history buffs
Shelves: to-buy
Betty White is most certainly a television pioneer. She was there, doing live TV, before most people even had television sets. There are no tapes, obviously, of the first television shows she was on, so it was a pure delight to read her recount those days and what it was like for her, blazing a trail in this new frontier.

I was surprised to find out about her relationships prior to the love of her life, Allen Ludden. It was wonderful to read about their special relationship and how much they love
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Patti Post
Reading this Betty White book not only takes you on an enjoyable journey through the life of this wonderful person, it also provides a quick course in television history. She tells her stories with intelligent good humour and natural, positive outlook. The bonus is that she's really a good writer.

I felt like I was sitting having coffee with a friend, hearing all the news first hand. What a pro, what a down-to-earth person, what an exemplary success story. All because she kept following her passi
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Rebecca
I didn't like this book as much as I thought I would. This book is more of a chronology of her work in television (which the title very obviously states). I guess I just expected a little more of her sassy personality to come through - but I found the read to be mostly name dropping accompanied by some pictures. Maybe my expectations were too high, but I would only recommend this book if someone was genuinely interested in hearing about every single project she worked on 'back in the day' and wi ...more
Karen
I listened to this book and Betty White was the reader. It was great as you could hear the emotion in her voice as she talked about her life, the years in television, how those years came to be and the many many people that she knew and influenced her life.
I was happily surprised that there wasn't language in this story. Betty can be gruff at times and knows how to swear like a sailor. Betty has a long legacy in TV. She started on radio, moved to commercial spots, then got her break into TV and
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Malorie Shannon
I just this moment finished "Betty White-Here we go again" by Betty White. (a mother's day gift from my daughter, son in law and "surrogate" son) The lady is very talented and I have loved her through the years, enjoyed her as Sue Ann Niven on the Mary Tyler Moore Show, as Rose Nylund on the Golden Girls and even more recently as Elka (I can't spell her last name) on Hot in Cleveland. This book takes us from the moment she started out in the wild and wacky world of show business right up to the ...more
Emily
pretty good read. Nice narrative style, again though I have trouble following non chronological life stories. BW seems to be very down to earth and missing form her book was the ego driving drivel that ruins so many interesting stories. Would however have liked more about her early years, her childhood etc. though she has so much to cover in the years she chooses to write about. Nice light read.
Justin Sylvia
I initially bought this book via Audible. When I was finally able to get around to listening to it, I was surprised at the length of the audio book.. under 3 hours. I was concerned that with such a short time, things might be left out. I was quiet wrong. At Betty's age, it's kind of gives you hope that at her age, that there is a chance that you might be able to remember that much stuff in your life. If there were stories that she missed or forgot about, I didn't notice. My hope that she is as c ...more
Kim
This was for book club, and I might not have read it without that inspiration. It was fun to read about tv history, Betty's life, and a few pets throughout the years. I look forward to some of her other books.
Robin
I’m a big fan of Betty White but not so much of television, so this book was a mixed bag for me. Ms. White’s writing is entertaining and often humorous; she’s quite a storyteller. She has an impressive TV resume, having worked with many famous actors and producers. After awhile, I started losing track of the various “characters” as she moved from show to show throughout her career. But like I said, I’m not a TV buff.

My favorite parts were about her romance with Allen Ludden, whom she met while a
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Emily H
Betty White has grown with the development of television and broadcasts since the beginning of the era. She was right there when television was created, and has been right along side it ever since. For over half a century, White has been preforming for audiences across the nation, shining through her humor and beautiful ora. This book, written by Betty White herself, Here We Go Again, is the second autobiography that she has made. This story focuses on her career, starting from the first small b ...more
Vanessa
This memoir focuses on Betty White's experience working on television. It is not the book to read if you are interested in a general memoir about White's life. Because she has been on so many beloved television programs, there is tons of good material to fill a book with. The best part about the book is all of the information about the earliest years of television. This is the part of her life that White goes into the most detail about, and the first chapters are full of information that I had n ...more
Sheryl
My goodness! Betty White's amazing life simply exhausts me! What an energetic ball of fire this woman is and has been. Beyond being a treasured comic and dramatic talent, the very best friend you could ever have in life, and a tireless advocate for all our animal friends big and small, she is an early television trail blazer, which in my book puts her in somewhat the same category as people like Ida Lupino, Paulette Goddard and Ruth Gordon, people who made great strides in film as directors, pro ...more
Robyn
I really appreciate Betty White, not because she's an older woman who is willing to go blue, but because she has always seemed a genuinely nice person, she's a very hard worker, and she appears to be a loyal and steadfast friend. I picked up this memoir (a re-release of her 1995 book with an added introduction and closing from 2010) because I knew the basics of her long television career and have been fascinated at the turns that career has taken. I'm glad I got the book, as it really is an inte ...more
Shelby
This book was a wonderful read! Not only do you get to learn about an amazing strong and sweet women, but also the changes that have occurred in the media throughout the years. It is very interesting to read about her life in showbiz, especially in the earlier years which happen to be my favorite. Including the times when radio was the rave and when television first came into play. Her love with Allen is very sweet including his proposal and how she answered! When times got tough she dealt with ...more
Surreysmum
This is a 1995 autobiography, brought back with a new introduction and a few more photos to cover the 15 extra years that White has had in the TV industry. It doesn't really matter - the first sixty years were quite eventful enough to make a substantial book.

White is light-hearted, almost entirely cheerful and upbeat, expressing very few heartaches or resentments, though she doubtless had plenty of both. Only a few really stinging memories, like the poor behaviour of the nurse on her husband's d
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Amanda
I think if I had grown up when TV first started as her title makes known then I would know all these famous people from that era besides the well known celebrities ( Lucille Ball, Zsa Zsa Gabor, etc) however she went into great detail with first and last names of people in her life that meant nothing to me. I enjoyed the detail re: how many shows she was on and the progression of the genre of tv shows but the book lagged frequently. I think Betty White is great but her book was just so-so.
Kalista
I love Betty. She is one hilarious woman, and one hell of an actress to be able to stay in the business for over 40 years. This book is like the history of TV through her eyes - sort of. She gives an account of shows she did, changes in the industry and networks, and people she met and befriended along the way. And...that's about it. It was interesting, though confusing at times when she threw out names and I wasn't sure who she was talking about, but I would have loved more "story" to it. More ...more
Caitlin Cranmer
A very thorough book. This is her bio from her birth till 1995 however the copy I read included a new foreword, colour pictures and a paragraph of conclusion from 2009.

It is a very comprehensive look at Betty White's career television. It was a interesting surprise because I had no idea to what extend she was on or involved with the television industry. However, after reading this you might as well called her the "Eve" of television. She was involved from the beginning of its invention into the
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Carrie Bowers
Loved her candid thoughts on everyone from Jack Paar to Carol Burnett. This version is the "re-edited" 1995 edition, however not much was added except additional thoughts on her recent resurgence into mainstream pop culture and a few photos. I wish the publisher had gone through and fixed the dating of this book; since it was written in 1995, all the time elements "40 years ago, etc" is all from the 1990s perspective, so I had to keep recalculating in my head. And of course, I wish she had spent ...more
Tlingit
Betty White books are an enjoyable read mainly because I can imagine betty White narrating them when I read them. She's a positive person but not naive. Her life is interesting as she's had many things happen to her. Her upbringing was positive as were her parent's messages to her. You'll like this book if you've liked any of her other books.
Allyson
I love Betty White, especially her work on The Golden Girls, but I didn't love this book. It fits squarely in the genre of basic, bland, celebrity memoir. I listened to it as an audiobook, and the most redeeming part was that it was read by Betty White herself.
Erin
Sometimes you read autobiographies and fear you won't like the person as much after you finish. Not the case here. Knew she had a long career, but I didn't know much about it, so I enjoyed learning about her and the TV industry in it's early days.
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Betty White is an American five-time Emmy Award-winning film and television actress with a career spanning sixty years. She also appeared in radio programs, movies, theater, commercials, and was also a talk show and game show host. White is perhaps best known for her roles in the sitcoms The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Golden Girls.
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