Betty White Clobbers Warhol’s 15 Minutes!

1 Feb

Andy Warhol’s proverbial 15 minutes of fame has rung true for many people.  It seems everyday someone new finds fame as quickly as they lose it.  A few, however, remain in the spotlight for quite some time, parlaying their 15 minutes into 15 weeks, 15 years, even a lifetime.

Betty White is such a person. Not only did she host SNL this season at the age of 88, she recently won the Screen Actors Guild “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series” award (her first!).  And what makes Ms. White’s reclaim to fame so interesting is the way in which it can be pinpointed.

Exactly a year ago, Ms. White appeared in a Snickers Super Bowl commercial.  Although many celebrities appear in Super Bowl commercials, this was memorable.  Ms. White, at her golden age, gets tackled hard in a muddy football game, then talks trash to the quarterback.  The commercial is not only hilarious, but features Ms. White in a brazen, yet likable way.

As an aspiring filmmaker, I often wonder how difficult it will be to find and maintain success.  In addition to working hard and staying productive, Ms. White’s recent rebirth has taught me that I need to remain fresh and relevant.  Without sacrificing my art and ideals, I can continue to reinvent myself and hopefully extend my 15 minutes into a lifetime!


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2 Responses to “Betty White Clobbers Warhol’s 15 Minutes!”

  1. Graham Fisher February 5, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    Well said.

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