Veruschka in Guy Laroche, 1965
Her loquaciousness and bright, sometimes devilish sense of humor made Betty White a favorite of the talk show format that was beginning to catch on in the ’50s. She became a regular on Jack Paar’s Tonight Show, appearing more than 70 times, and then on Johnny Carson’s version as well.
But what really kept her in the public eye was the rise of the game shows which were as ubiquitous in that era as reality TV is in our own. Betty was especially pleased to appear on them for the simple reason that she really, really liked them.
As a child, she had delighted in making up games with her parents, “We’d sit around the breakfast table or driving on vacation and we’d play games,” she said. “It was like gamblers who bet on anything. We could make a game out of anything.”