Village Of Oak Park to Honor Native Daughter Betty White on January 15 – CBS Chicago

OAK PARK, Illinois (CBS / AP) – Oak Park, the hometown of the late Betty White, is celebrating what would have been the icon’s 100th birthday this month.

White died on New Years Eve. She would have been 100 on January 17th.

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The celebration at Oak Park will take place on January 15th, so as not to overshadow Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 17th.

At 10 a.m., the big event for White will take place at the Classic Cinemas Lake Theater in downtown Oak Park. The marquee will display photos of White, and there will be cutouts of his image for attendees to take photos with.

Oak Park Village President Vicki Scaman will deliver a proclamation for Betty White Day and a representative from the Oak Park and River Forest Historical Society will deliver a speech on what Oak Park looked like 100 years ago.

Turano Bakery will provide a birthday cake. The Village of Oak Park also encouraged local businesses to donate a Betty White special on this day.

The Village of Oak Park noted that White was born at West Suburban Hospital in 1922 and lived with her parents in an apartment on Pleasant Street and a house on North Taylor Avenue. White’s family moved to Los Angeles when she was very young, but, according to the village, “she lived her life according to the standards that Oak Park came to honor.”

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“White believed in equality and supported it her entire career. She defied the pressure in 1954 to fire dancer Arthur Duncan from his daytime talk show for his black skin,” Stacey Sheridan wrote for The Village. “Her advocacy for animal welfare has spanned decades. She has also resisted social constructs. She has supported the rights of LGBTQ people to marry and has become a beloved figure within the gay community.”

White unknowingly played Rose Nylund in the hit series “The Golden Girls” from 1985 to 1992. She was praised for her role as the lustful Sue Ann Nivens on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”.

White also played the role of candid goalie on “Hot In Cleveland”. She was also laughed at in the 2009 comedy “The Proposal” and the horror parody “Lake Placid”.

By popular demand, she hosted “Saturday Night Live” in 2011. White once said that her character Sue Ann Nivens on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” could be “sweet” but was “really a piranha type”. This role earned him two Emmys.

The Oak Park and River Forest Historical Society said White specifically wrote them a letter saying she wanted people to know she was from Oak Park – not Chicago.

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