Before Steve Martin was a “wild and crazy guy” on swinging Saturday Night Live, he was just another starry-eyed stand-up getting fresh with TV’s beloved Betty White.
The “Only Murders in the Building” star, 76, recalled the time he first met the now 99-year-old screen legend over four decades ago when he was a comedian on-the-rise, opening for singer Linda Ronstadt, Martin tweeted on Thursday.
“In 1974, I was an obscure opening act for Linda Ronstadt at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. Passing through the lobby before the show, I saw Betty White and her husband Allen Ludden waiting in line,” he began.
“I loved Betty White, so I went up to them: ‘I’m so honored to meet you both.’ And then I said, ‘Isn’t Linda great?’ She said, ‘We came to see you.’ I said, ‘Why?’ ‘Because we heard you were funny.’ I was elated,” he gushed.
The “Golden Girls” star’s upcoming 100th birthday on Jan. 17 has stirred up much love from her celebrity friends.
Her “The Proposal” costars Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds couldn’t help but fawn over her in a recent People cover story.
The Oscar winner, 57, discussed White’s comedic talents, saying: “Timing isn’t easy in comedy, because you have to navigate other people’s timing. Betty pivots like I have never seen, making it look seamless. The rest of us just remain silent and pray we’re not cut out of the scene.”
Reynolds, 45, said he’s been a fan “for as long as I can remember.” He chimed, “I heard that scripts for ‘Golden Girls’ were only 35 pages, which makes sense because so many of the laughs come from Betty simply looking at her castmates.”
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” star Mary Steenburgen, 68, who also starred alongside the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” alum in “The Proposal,” told the outlet that White “loves to throw her little F-bombs around and does it with this beautifully dimpled smile.”
“It’s not like she’s just a bubbly, joyful person. She wakes up every day and chooses to be that way,” Steenburgen’s husband and “Curb” co-star Ted Danson, 68, added. “I think she leads a very purposeful life.”
White shared with People her advice on living a long and fruitful life. “I try to avoid anything green,” she joked. “I think it’s working.”
“I’m so lucky to be in such good health and feel so good at this age,” the “Hot in Cleveland” star said. “It’s amazing.”