It was a who’s who last night at the Paley Honors in Hollywood: A Gala Celebrating Women in Television event celebrating influential personalities in Television and honoring Betty White. Among the presenters were Kristin Chenoweth, Nadia Comăneci, Allison Janney, Debra Messing, Rita Moreno, Wanda Sykes, Lynn Whitfield, and others.

Giving Back

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Paley Center’s programming dedicated to Women in Television and the expansion of the Women’s Collection in the Paley Archive, the Nation’s Largest Publicly Accessible Archive of Television and Radio Programming.

Additional guests and participants included Pamela Adlon, Shiri Appleby, Mädchen Amick, Julie Bowen, Ilene Chaiken, Tyne Daly, Dana Delany, Catherine Dent, Kim Dickens, Lisa Edelstein, Michelle Forbes, Emma Frost, Sharon Gless, Misha Green, Diane Guerrero, Marilu Henner, Aphrodite Jones, Linda Lavin, Zoe Lister-Jones, Susan Lucci, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Niecy Nash, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Erica Tazel, Robin Tunney, Lindsay Wagner, and others.

More about the Paley Honors

This historic celebration will showcase television’s powerful influence in shaping our culture and will be the first of its kind to celebrate eight decades of groundbreaking accomplishments of women across a variety of genres including drama, comedy, music, variety, news, talk, and sports.

Honoring Betty White

“I am thrilled to be honored by the Paley Center,” said Betty White. “To be acknowledged for working in a business I love for as long as I have is truly a privilege. I’m proud to share this evening with these amazing and talented women.”

Betty White was honored with a look at her illustrious career on television as an actress, entertainer, and producer which encompasses over seventy years including her Emmy Award-winning performance on The Golden Girls, as well as roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Hot in Cleveland; her influential pet-themed talk show, The Pet Set; and numerous appearances on television game shows and variety specials.

“The Paley Center is so proud to honor this incredible group of women at this once-in-a-lifetime event,” said Maureen J. Reidy, President & CEO of The Paley Center for Media. “No other medium has brought people together the way television has, and this is the perfect time to celebrate the pioneering entertainers, groundbreaking series, and current hit shows that have sparked conversations, educated audiences, and thrilled generations.”