Betty White is an absolute national treasure. Even until her death at 99, she continued to prove that she was just as funny, classy and beautiful as she was during her rise to Hollywood stardom in the 1940s and 1950s. Few actresses can say they have a filmography that spans more than 80 years. From playing Sue Ann Nivens on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" in the 1970s to cracking everyone up as Rose Nylund on "The Golden Girls" in the 1980s and even appearing on game shows like "Match Game," there's a reason the "Hot in Cleveland" star became known as the "Grand Dame of Television." But Betty White's Snickers commercial may have been her best work.
Naturally, the Emmy winner (for her performance on "Saturday Night Live!") dabbled in sports. She's guest-starred on WWE Raw, shot hoops with Shaq and even thrown shade at Johnny Manziel. There isn't a greater moment than her memorable Super Bowl Snickers commercial in 2010, though. Let's take a look back at one of the best Super Bowl commercials of all-time.
Betty White Snickers Commercial
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I have to start by saying a lot of great, hilarious Super Bowl commercials have aired across the country over time. Coca Cola's "Mean Joe Greene" ad remains a big game classic, Britney Spears' Pepsi campaign lives rent-free in our heads and anything Budweiser has done has us in stitches.
When Snickers enlisted the Golden Girl diva herself during Super Bowl XLIV, Betty White had all of America laughing their granny panties off.
Betty finds herself playing some serious tackle football with the guys. She runs (OK, more like walks) for a pass and gets laid out straight into the mud. Hello ref, where's the flag?
When Betty gets back to the huddle, a teammate asks, "Mike, what is your deal?" White tells him that he's been "riding me all day." Another football player drops the line "you're playing like Betty White out there," and she hilariously quips back, "that's not what your girlfriend says."
Of course, all is right on the field when the white-haired celebrity eats a Snickers candy bar and magically turns into Mike. We're left with a scene of the quarterback (who is now actor Abe Vigoda) getting sacked into another dimension.
Of course the #SuperBowl is known for #football as well as commercials... let's go back to the best one! #GoldenGirls star @BettyMWhite in her 2010 @SNICKERS #commercial! https://t.co/o7vNtH28aL #BettyWhite #SuperBowl52 pic.twitter.com/MbpGHzafYy
— Golden Girls News (@goldengirlsnews) February 5, 2018
This was one of many of genius "you're not you when you're hungry" Snickers ads. Getting Betty White to sign up for it and get leveled into the dirt must have been the hard part (I'm convinced she did all her own stunts). I'm sure eating a Snickers bar was an easy decision.
To this day, this BBDO Super Bowl ad remains one of my favorites. There's something about grandma taking to the football field that is just so perfect. To be honest, I remember this great ad more than I do the outcome between the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts.
Betty's passing on December 31, 2021 — New Year's Eve — saddened the nation. Let's remember her legacy by appreciating her incredible talents. Rest in peace, Betty White. We were lucky to have spent so much time with your and your everlasting legacy on SNL and your Snickers Super Bowl commercial will live on.
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