With a career that has spanned more than 60 years, film and television star and seven-time Emmy Award winner Betty White has created unforgettable roles in television and film, authored seven books and won numerous awards.
"Betty White is admired by generations of audiences," said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. "She has remarkable energy and an incredible ability to connect with viewers. Betty's contributions to television and entertainment as a whole are extraordinary. Our Hall of Fame would be incomplete without her."
White's first comedy series, "Life with Elizabeth," brought her first Emmy Award in 1952, followed by a daily NBC talk/variety show called "The Betty White Show." She was a recurring regular with over 70 appearances on "The Tonight Show with Jack Paar," and appeared on "The Merv Griffin Show" and "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson." She also subbed as host on all three talk shows. White was a regular with Vicki Lawrence on "Mama's Family," as sister Ellen, a role she created with the rest of the company on "The Carol Burnett Show."
Her recurring role as "Happy Homemaker" Sue Ann Nivens in the classic series "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" brought two Emmys for Best Supporting Actress in 1974-75 and 1975-76. She received her fourth Emmy for Best Daytime Game Show Host for "Just Men." Nominated seven times for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Rose Nylund in "The Golden Girls," White won the Emmy the first season in 1985, and later appeared in the spin-off "The Golden Palace" for one season. She earned her next Emmy Award as Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series on "The John Larroquette Show."
White was nominated for an Emmy in 2011 for her portrayal of "Elka," the snarky but lovable caretaker on the TV Land series "Hot in Cleveland," in which she stars alongside Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick. White also won back-to-back Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Female in a Comedy Series in 2011 and 2012.
When she hosted NBC's "Saturday Night Live" in 2010, it was one of the highest-rated episodes in the show's history, and earned her an Emmy Award for Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, bringing White's Emmy total to seven awards. White is also Executive Producer and Host of the NBC series Off Their Rockers.
In addition to charming sports fans with her role in the popular Snickers commercial shown during the 2010 Super Bowl, White has guest-starred on "Ally McBeal," "That '70s Show," "Boston Legal," and received Emmy nominations for guesting on both NBC's "Community" and "The Middle." She was also nominated for an Emmy as a guest actress on "Suddenly Susan."
Her numerous television movies include "Chance of a Lifetime," "Stealing Christmas," "Annie's Point" and "The Lost Valentine," for which she received yet another Emmy nomination. White also hosted the New Year's Day Tournament of Roses Parade for 20 years, and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade for 10 years. Her big-screen credits include the Warner Brothers hit "The Proposal," with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, as well as "You Again," "Bringing Down the House," "The Story of Us," "Lake Placid" and "Hard Rain."
Known for creating the television classics "Happy Days," "Laverne and Shirley" and "Mork & Mindy," legendary Hollywood actor, director, writer and producer Garry Marshall began his career in the entertainment industry as a joke writer for comedians before signing on as a writer for NBC's "The Tonight Show" featuring Jack Paar. Marshall's staged musical of "Happy Days" is currently running in Italy.
In the 1960s, Marshall wrote for the "Dick Van Dyke Show," "The Joey Bishop Show," "The Danny Thomas Show" and "The Lucy Show." He also helped adapt Neil Simon's play, "The Odd Couple," into a successful television series in 1970.
An accomplished actor, Marshall appeared on the CBS comedy "Murphy Brown," as well as the movies "Soap Dish," "Lost in America," "Never Been Kissed," "Orange County," "Keeping Up With The Steins," "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and "A League of Their Own." He is the director of the hit movies "Nothing in Common," "Pretty Woman," "Runaway Bride," "Valentine's Day," "The Princess Diaries" and "New Year's Eve."
Considered one of Hollywood's most respected writers, producers and directors of television, film and theater, Marshall is the recipient of several awards, including the TV Land Legend Award, the American Comedy Awards Lifetime Achievement Award, the Publicist Guild Motion Picture Showmanship Award for Film and Television and the Writers Guild of America's Valentine Davies Award. Marshall received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1983.
Affectionately known as "Mr. Baseball," long-time Major League Baseball radio broadcaster, television and film star Bob Uecker is entering his 42nd year calling play-by-play on the Brewers Radio Network and Journal Broadcasting Group's WTMJ in Milwaukee. The former-player-turned-broadcaster has completed 30 seasons as the club's lead announcer, and he will celebrate his 57th year associated with professional baseball in 2012.
Uecker's popularity with baseball fans, both on radio and television, afforded him other opportunities. He did color commentary and play-by-play announcing on the NBC and the ABC networks covering Monday Night Baseball, the League Championship Series, the World Series and MLB All-Star Games.
In addition to Uecker's baseball work, he was a frequent guest on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and hosted two syndicated television shows, "Bob Uecker's Wacky World of Sports" and "Bob Uecker's War of the Stars." He also appeared as a spokesman for Miller Lite Beer, as the star of ABC Television's hit series "Mr. Belvedere" and in six feature films, including Major League and Major League II.
Uecker was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2001 and honored with the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award for broadcast excellence in 2003. The five-time Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year was also inducted into the Wisconsin Sports Hall of Fame. Uecker was also a member of the 1964 St. Louis Cardinals World Series Championship team.