Betty White, John Lithgow win Emmys

* Fifth Emmy for Lithgow

* Standing ovation for Ann-Margret

LOS ANGELES, Aug 21 (BestGrowthStock) – Newly ubiquitous “Golden
Girls” veteran Betty White won the fifth Emmy of her career on
Saturday for hosting an episode of “Saturday Night Live,”
beating out last year’s winner, Tina Fey.

White, 88, claimed the award for guest actress in a comedy
series during the “creative arts” portion of the Primetime Emmy
Awards, where more than 70 awards, mostly in technical
categories, were handed out. The 26 high-profile categories
will be announced during a live broadcast on Aug. 29.

White was not at the event, but it is possible she would
have thanked Facebook for the award. Members of the social
networking site launched a campaign to persuade “Saturday Night
Live” creator Lorne Michaels to hire her as guest host of the
comedy show. After much reluctance, White acceded to Michaels’
entreaties and hosted the Mother’s Day-eve episode on May 8.

She previously won an Emmy, also in the same category, for
playing herself in an episode of “The John Larroquette Show” in
1996, as well as two for “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and a
single statuette for “Golden Girls.”

White has enjoyed a remarkable career resurrection,
kick-started last year by her role as a sprightly grandmother
in the Sandra Bullock comedy “The Proposal.” A popular Super
Bowl commercial and a lifetime achievement award from the
Screen Actors Guild followed. Just three weeks ago, White
thrilled youngsters at the Teen Choice Awards by boogieing with
Bullock.

On the comedy side, Neil Patrick Harris won the first Emmy
of his career for “Glee,” which nabbed 19 nominations overall.
He grabbed a second award as host of this year’s Tony Awards,
which won the Emmy for special class program.

In the dramatic categories, the awards went to John Lithgow
for playing a serial killer in “Dexter” and to Ann-Margret for
“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” The veteran Swedish-born
actress received a standing ovation when she came to the stage
to receive the event’s final award.

For Lithgow, it marked his fifth Emmy, and the first since
1999 when he won for his lead role as Dick Solomon in the
sitcom “3rd Rock from the Sun.”

Lithgow, 64, accidentally thanked HBO instead of Showtime.

“Did I really?” Lithgow said, when apprised of his faux pas
backstage. “I wondered why people were laughing at me. Now I
know.”

He recalled that he initially turned down the season-long
role as “Trinity Killer” Arthur Mitchell because he wanted to
take a vacation. But his wife said he should do the role.

Jeff Probst from “Survivor” maintained his clean sweep of
the reality show host category, winning for the third straight
year of the category’s existence.

Other notable winners included Wendy Melvoin and Lisa
Coleman, composers of the theme music for rookie series “Nurse
Jackie.” They are best known as Wendy and Lisa, two of Prince’s
musicians during the 1980s. They fielded plenty of
Prince-related questions backstage, despite disclosing that the
musician’s attorneys had sent them a cease-and-desist letter to
stop talking about him.
(Reporting by Dean Goodman; Editing by Peter Cooney)

Betty White, John Lithgow win Emmys