Award-winning actress and New York Times-bestselling author Betty White is known for her brilliant career in television and film, delighting audiences for nearly seven decades and earning numerous accolades, including seven Emmy Awards. Ms. White also recently won her first Grammy Award for the audio book of her memoir, If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t). Perhaps not as widely known as her career is her passion for animals and her lifelong work on behalf of animal welfare, especially with the Los Angeles Zoo.
As far back as Ms. White can remember, animals were a part of her life, and regular visits to zoos were commonplace. A self-described “zoophile,” she believes deeply in the importance of zoos in saving endangered animals and in educating the public about the plight of wildlife today.
In an exclusive interview with Sam Litzinger, correspondent for CBS Radio News and host of WAMU’s The Animal House, Ms. White takes center stage to discuss her world-famous career; her love of animals; the critical work zoos are doing to combat species extinctions; and the importance of individuals working to sustain a biodiverse planet.
Ms. White’s books, Betty & Friends: My Life at the Zoo (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t) (Berkley Books), are available for purchase at the program, and attendees are welcome to purchase as many copies of both books as they wish.
Please note that Ms. White is only able to sign two books per person due to the anticipated size of the audience and time limitations.