This has been one hot year for Betty White. After appearing in a popular Snickers commercial that aired during the Super Bowl in February, the 88-year-old actress and longtime animal advocate became the oldest host of “Saturday Night Live” (and got an Emmy nomination for it today), based largely on a Facebook campaign by thousands of her fans. She’s now starring in the TV Land sitcom “Hot in Cleveland,” the most successful show in the cable network’s history.
But next year may be even more White hot, judging from the looks of her new calendar.
The 2011 calendar features “America’s Favorite Pin-Up” in a variety of poses with hunky models and adorable animals, along with a few vintage photos.
Royalties from the calendar, which has a retail price of $12.99, will go to the Morris Animal Foundation, an organization that helps animals enjoy longer, healthier lives. White has been a trustee of the foundation since 1971.
According to AnimalLiberationFront.com, White’s love for animals began as a toddler. Her father was a dog lover who would take in strays during the Depression. White has not been without a four-legged companion since – her current furbaby is a Golden Retriever named Pontiac.
Back in the late 1960s White produced and hosted the syndicated TV show “The Pet Set,” which featured celebrities and their pets. Since then she has been avidly involved in animal rights and welfare. Along with the Morris Animal Foundation, White works with other groups including the Los Angeles Zoo Commission and Actors & Others for Animals. For Pet Cancer Awareness Month in May, she was the spokeswoman for a PETCO and Blue Buffalo partnership to raise awareness and money for pet cancer research.
If you’d like “12 months of Betty at her best,” as the calendar promises, it will go on sale in September in bookstores, online retailers, department stores and wherever calendars are sold.