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Oh wow - what a star Betty was, and what a star you are remembering her in such a way on her birthday.
A marvelous retrospective. I'm so sorry for you that she's gone. Fortunately, she is not forgotten, as long as there are her friends to write down posts and memories like these.
What a lovely tribute to your dear friend!!!! I know how much you miss her.
A wonderful tribute to dear Betty. I know you miss her so very much. I'm glad you did this post a bit early, and I will try to watch some of her movies on Monday!
This post illustrates how important it is to make the most of our friends whilst they are with us - and you certainly did. Even when both of you have had serious health problems you both always made the effort and how rewarding was that for everybody?
Thank you for reminding us of the wonderful productions she has been involved in. They are all stellar but 'Words and Music' and the song 'There's a Small Hotel' have always been extra special to me.
Like all great artistes Betty lives on in her work.
well, that made me cry but still a most fabulous post Naomi.
Great, great pictures of Betty and so many of the movies I remember right away!
I think we all know the feeling of needing to hear loved ones voices again, to make things right in the world again.
Thank you for the trip down movie memory lane.
What a lovely tribute to your lovely friend Betty! I know how much you miss her... I remember well many photos you post. Betty always looks adorable and so happy!
I agree with Pat, like all great artistes Betty lives on her work and on your heart, for sure.
I hope you have a pleasant weekend.
It looks like Betty was a wonderful friend and a great person to be around. Gone, but certainly not forgotten.
Wow I had no idea she was 91!! That some age, and boy did she look great too!
It must be so hard for you not being able to talk to her on the phone, and see her when you do your fantastic lunches, but I do believe that she is with you in spirit. I really do.
What a wonderful birthday tribute this is! I love all the photos!
What a great post for Betty. I'm so sorry that your heart is hurting for her. A wonderful friendship that you two got to share.
Naomi - Thank you so much for this wonderful tribute in celebration of Betty's birthday. And if it weren't for you I would not have known about the TCM tribute Monday - I will have my VCR ready - I have never seen "Big City" so that will be a wonderful treat.
Hugs and Love to you always XXOO
Beautiful tribute to your dear friend Betty!
This post is so bittersweet, Naomi, and I am sure it is for you too. Jim will love it!
Rest in Peace, Betty, we loved you.
Sigh. So impossibly sad that she's not here but I want to imagine her all decked out and dancing with Larry at some kind of celestial Coconut Grove on Monday! I'm so glad TCM is showing all of those films on her birthday--every single one is a gem and Betty's the best part of all of them. Love your photos, Naomi! I'm so glad I was able to attend Betty's 80th and 90th celebrations.
A wonderful post! What a great person she was. In every photo that you post of her, you can just see that twinkle in her eye. I love looking at them.
Thanks so much for letting us know about Turner Classic Movies' tribute! I'll tune in, for sure.
That's a gorgeous birthday cake, too.
The wonderful thing about your friendship is that you don't have regrets. You were there for each other,shared wonderful moments, and always knew some one had your back and best interest to heart. What a blessing.
Thanks for the info on TCM. I will hit the DVR right now to record.
She was so beautiful, in every way. You are so very fortunate to have been her friend.
Oh my dear, I understand you miss Betty. You have made a brilliant contribution to her memory; one I'm sure she would adore.
You know, on May 18, my oldest Son died 3 years ago. I still cry. To day I received a message from his Son, who as well are in sorrow.
On the other hand, we had the pleasure to have my Daughter and Grandson here for a week. And we did visit my mother, born 1919, before I drove them to the Airport.
btw. My Internet, and all the neigbours ass well, is a "catastrophy" for the time beeing. I'll be in meeting with some people later this week to clean up the mess with our vendors.
I'm disappointed that I didn't get to watch tv this weekend so I missed the special TCM tribute but I'm so happy that I made it by in time to celebrate your wonderful and beautiful friend.
This is a beautiful post, Naomi, with wonderful stories and pictures. Betty had such sparkle and excitement and you loved and appreciated every bit of it...as she loved and appreciated you. I am sorry your heart aches, it's been so soon, but I hope that sharing with us will apply some gentle salve. Because she's part of my life now, thru you. <>
my DVR is already set :)
Betty was beautiful at every stage of her life
much like you are
Hope sends hugs
I will tape. What a wonderful tribute for Betty! The loss of a true friend cuts so deep. We are all lucky that she is saved for all to enjoy again and again!
What a treat! This is fantastic!! Betty is wonderful.
Bravo! Bravo! and more Bravo!
Betty is probably smiling that coy smile as your post is the buzz of the day up there in Pearly Gates estates!
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Oh what wonderful pictures to have and what great memories too! She lived a fabulous full and wonderful life. She lives on thru all she has done. Happy Birthday Betty!
I just finished reading the six posts you published while I was away. I am so happy that the dove family had their two little babies and that you were able to photograph them. My mother died at 92 and for a while if I saw something interesting or heard of something she might like I would think that I needed to call her then would realize that she was no longer here – it takes a while to adjust to a loved one absence. This post is great, so full of information and love for your friend – what a lady she was. Thanks for coming to my blog while I was away. Now I am way behind reading all my friends’ blogs but I am catching up. Hugs VB
I hope that someone will write a wonderful tribute like that for me when my turn comes! Your dear friend Betty had an amazing film career, and I'm so glad that those movies were shown as a trubute to her on her birthday. What a nice thing to do. One of my favourite songs of all time is "Baby, It's Cold Outside". I didn't know that it won an Academy Award.
She was a lovely and lively lady. I know how much you miss her.
Happy Birthday Betty.
What an awesome retrospective. I was here the other day, but Blogger ate my comment. Wish I'd come sooner so maybe I could have caught her movies. Will TCM be running them again as a collection?
I guess I hadn't realized how expansive her career was! I love the way you ended the post with Betty blowing out her candels with a rose on her visor, which made me think what a beatiful bloom she was. I will never understand how someone is here and then just GONE!
What a great tribute to your friend! We watched "On The Town" this weekend just because it's such a wonderful musical! Here's to you, Namoi and to Betty! xoxoxo
You wrote that Betty's 75th year she had such health problems you thought you might lose her back then. I'm SO happy that she was given more years to be her loving, joyous self!!
Her birthday falls between my brother's (May 19), my husband's (May 20), and my daughter's (May 25), so they are in good company with her and she with them.
I'm sure all of Betty's loved ones were melancholy on May 23 as they remembered her and found their hearts aching for her.
It is great that TCM honored her by playing her movies back to back on her special day. There will never be another like Betty!
I can somewhat imagine how you feel, i lost a close friend for 26 years last may...
i did enjoy this tribute to her - how great to read and see the photos.
you look like you two had so much fun together.
What a beautiful testament to your relationship! Warm, loving memories,a true gift.
I absolutely loved your beautiful tribute to your beautiful friend, Betty. I can tell how much you miss her as those close to her surely do as well.
Haven't stopped by here in a while; I've got some catching up to do!
Hope you are doing well, Love you, pretty lady,
I thought of you and what you must be feeling when I watched the Tony Awards this year. The seemed to pass over Betty's name so quickly but I could hear some applause from the audience.
I especially recall her in "My Sister Eileen" and "On The Town." I probably saw some of her other work, but those come most quickly to mind.
Treasure your memories, but I know those can often trigger longing for the pleasure of being with the real person.
I prefer remembering loved ones on their birthdays, or other special occasions -- maybe special only to us -- rather than on the day they parted this world. Hearing their recorded voice can be wonderful (I have an audio tape of my Mother -- and wish I had recorded more and of others.) Seeing and hearing the person could cause me to want to reach out and touch that person, but, alas, I can only do that in my mind.
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