NBC’s upcoming celebration of Betty White features Cher giving the Golden Girls theme song a new spin. Check it out. Plus, all the details on the special tribute.
Star-studded Celebrating Betty White honors beloved actress
When Betty White died just weeks shy of her 100th birthday, the tributes started pouring in. Prior to her unexpected passing, the iconic entertainer took part in a documentary about her life. Originally titled “Betty White: 100 Years Young — A Birthday Celebration,” it was revamped as a limited release movie, “Betty White: A Celebration.”
NBC, long-time home of the long-running sitcom The Golden Girls, has their own hour-long special planned.
Celebrating Betty White: America’s Golden Girl will feature White’s Hot in Cleveland co-star, Valerie Bertinelli. Additionally, Drew Barrymore and Ellen DeGeneres will take part in the tribute. President Joe Biden will also speak about Betty White’s legacy.
An icon in her own right, singer Cher will add something special to the celebration.
Cher gives Golden Girls theme song a new spin
From 1985 until 1992, Betty White starred as Rose Nylund in the NBC sitcom The Golden Girls. The opening theme song is easily as beloved as Rose’s St. Olaf stories.
For the NBC special, Cher put her own spin on the “Thank You For Being A Friend” theme song. She shared a teaser clip of her performance on her social media to promote the special.
When she sings “Your heart is true/ you’re a pal and a confidant” in her trademark tenor, it seems she’s singing right to Betty White. It turns out that Cher had a long-time friendship with the entertainer.
Sitcom once spoofed Sonny & Cher in hilarious scene
While Cher herself never appeared on The Golden Girls, the sitcom once spoofed the musical act involving her ex-husband, Sonny Bono.
On the NBC show, Dorothy (Bea Arthur) and Sophia (Estelle Getty) dressed as Sonny & Cher for a music competition, with Rose (White) accompanying them on the piano.
The iconic singer revealed on Twitter that singing The Golden Girls theme song was an “honor” for her. She reminded fans that she once performed with Betty White on the Sonny & Cher Show. “I’ve loved Betty since I was 7,” Cher wrote.
Cher added that White once taught her “to speak like a Southern,” per Us Weekly.
Betty White fans can watch the Celebrating Betty White special on Monday, January 31, on NBC. It will likely be available on Hulu the following day.
Both The Golden Girls and its spin off, The Golden Palace, are streaming on Hulu.
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