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Facebook brings new life to old TV stars

Veteran television actor Betty White, 88, is finding new life thanks to Facebook.

Veteran TV actor Betty White, 88, hosts SNL on May 8.

Some former television stars sink into obscurity, while others try to extend their careers through reality TV stints. But two veteran television actors are finding new life thanks to Facebook.  Betty White (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls) and William Shatner (Star Trek, Boston Legal) have turned into overnight media sensations through grass-roots campaigns on the popular social networking site. 

In just four months, over half a million Facebook users joined a fan page to persuade Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels to let Betty White host the show. White, a six-time Emmy award winner and recent SAG Lifetime Achievement award recipient, is now set to make her SNL debut on May 8. "I think they’ve lost their minds [to] have an 88-year-old woman doing the show," she joked.

Another Facebook fan page, launched March 22, is calling for William Shatner to be our next Governor General. So far, nearly 39,000 have signed on to make Canada "boldly go where no country has gone before ". The Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor, now 79, tweeted about the campaign, "I believe Governor General means you govern the generals. Does that make me part of the army?"

In an industry notoriously rife with ageism, it is refreshing to see two past-prime celebrities get another fifteen minutes. Now if only we could get Bob Barker on Dancing with the Stars or Suzanne Somers on America`s Next Top Model.

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