America’s geriatric sweetheart Betty White will be awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced Monday.
White has collected seven Emmy awards throughout her career, which has spanned more than seven decades. This special Emmy will round out her already-impressive haul of career achievement awards, which include a Career Achievement Award from the Television Critics Association, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jane Goodall Institute, a Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award in Acting from the American Women in Radio and Television, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame.
“Betty White is an American institution,” said NATAS president Bob Mauro. “Betty’s career as a female pioneer has followed television from literally the beginning of the medium, winning her first Emmy Award in 1952, to the digital-streaming future, winning again in 2010. She is one of the most beloved female performers in the history of television, and the National Academy is proud to be honoring her with a most well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award.”
This achievement places White in good company: past honorees of the Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award include Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Walters, Merv Griffin, Dick Clark, Bob Barker, Phil Donahue, Regis Philbin and Alex Trebek.
The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will air at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 26, on Pop.