The Lifetime Channel's Christmas movie has become an annual tradition to many Americans. These feel-good family movies tell gentle tales of the holidays, often with people falling in love with one another.
Now the Lifetime channel has found them a new star: 98 year old Golden Girl Betty White. The network revealed to Entertainment Tonight that this year's "It's a Wonderful Lifetime," slate will includes a film starring White.
White will play a character that "helps whip would-be Santas into shape, spreading the true meaning of Christmas," and her work as a Santa whisperer leads everyone to wonder if she's secretly Mrs. Claus. Other films coming up include "The Road Home for Christmas" starring Marie Osmond, "Merry Liddle Christmas" starring Kelly Rowland, and "Christmas Reservations," starring Melissa Joan Hart, according to ET. Hart will also direct "Feliz NaviDad" starring Mario Lopez, ET reports.
White was born in January 17th, 1922, in Oak Park, Illinois, and she honed her craft working in theater, on radio, and as a model. During World War 2, she served in the American Women's Voluntary Services, spending her days driving supplies and her nights in rowdy dance hall parties for departing soldiers. Once she re-entered the entertainment industry, she produced her own television show, hosted the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, earned 5 Emmys and 21 nominations, became the oldest person to host Saturday Night Live, and starred in her most famous role as one of the Golden Girls.
The movies are scheduled to debut on October 25th. However, the coronavirus has stopped production on many of the movies. Despite this, the Lifetime Channel has said that the films will be released on schedule.