Betty White declines invitation to Marine Corps ball

Katie McHugh Associate Editor
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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.”