Screening event for Betty White’s 100th birthday continues – CBS Detroit

(CNN) – Betty White was weeks away from her 100th birthday and was planning a big party.

White, who died Friday, would have turned 100 on January 17th. A film event planned before her death to mark the occasion will continue as planned, according to the producers of the film “Betty White: 100 Years Young – A Birthday Celebration”. . “

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“Our hearts mourn today with the passing of Betty White. During the many years we worked with her, we developed a great love and admiration for Betty as a person and as a talented entertainer,” filmmakers Steve Boettcher and Mike Trinklein said in a statement. to CNN. “We are grateful for the many decades of joy she brought to everyone. Betty always said she was the ‘luckiest bread on two feet’ to have had a career as long as she had. And honestly, we were the lucky ones who had had her for so long. “

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 07: Actress Betty White Receives Award for Favorite TV Icon on Stage at The 41st Annual People’s Choice Awards at Nokia Theater LA Live on January 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk / Getty Images for The People’s Choice Awards)

The film explores White’s career and follows her daily life, including her work, home entertainment, and her advocacy for animals. It is set to be shown in 900 cinemas nationwide through Fathom Events and was originally to show live footage of White’s actual birthday party.

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“We will go ahead with our plans to show the film on January 17 in the hope that our film will give everyone who loved her a way to celebrate her life – and experience what made her such a national treasure. , “said Boettcher and Trinklein.

A star-studded cast of friends including Ryan Reynolds, Tina Fey, Robert Redford, Lin Manuel- Miranda, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Jay Leno, Carol Burnett, Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel, Valerie Bertinelli, James Corden, Wendy Malick and more originally was scheduled to attend.

“Who does not love a party?!? This one is going to be AMAZING! “White said in a statement to CNN last week.

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