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Jack of all trades Betty White was the next celebrity invited to the Marine Corps Ball. Sgt. Ray Lewis invited the 89-year-old actress to the ball, calling her the "all around perfect woman." Unfortunately, Betty had to respectfully decline due to scheduling conflicts.  Jack of all trades Betty White was the next celebrity invited to the Marine Corps Ball. Sgt. Ray Lewis invited the 89-year-old actress to the ball, calling her the "all around perfect woman." Unfortunately, Betty had to respectfully decline due to scheduling conflicts.   

Betty White declines invitation to Marine Corps ball

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Katie McHugh
Associate Editor

The third time may not be a charm for Marine Sgt. Ray Lewis. Last week the deployed Marine asked Emmy Award-winning actress Betty White, 89, to the Marine Corps Birthday Ball in November, but she has politely declined.

Lewis invited her in the same tried-and-true fashion as Cpl. Kelsey de Santis asked Justin Timberlake and Sgt. Scott Moore asked Mila Kunis — with a YouTube video.

“She’s funny, she’s sweet, she’s mature. She’s the all-around perfect woman,” Sgt. Lewis said, while dressed in formalwear and holding a rose. “I really think we’d have a good time. … I think I can make her laugh. I think she can make me laugh. I think we can laugh together. So, call me!”

Unfortunately, White’s tight filming schedule prevented her from saying yes, even if she wanted to go.

“I am deeply flattered and truly appreciate the invitation, as everyone knows I love a man in uniform,” White said in a statement, according to Access Hollywood, “but unfortunately I cannot accept, as I will be taping an episode of ‘Hot In Cleveland.’”

In her inimitably sweet fashion, America’s graying sweetheart added, “Love, Betty White.”

  • Rocketman

    “Make a joke of the ball”?

    How is adding some class a “joke”? Are the Marine Corpse that humorless?
    (thank BHO for the ‘corpse’)

    ~(Ä)~

  • borntoraisehogs

    She has too much respect for the Corps to make a joke of the ball.