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Betty White to pen books on sex, animals, Hollywood career

08/18/2010 by Corinne Heller

Betty White poses in a promotional photo of the cast of 'Hot in Cleveland' (Photo credit: TV Land)Betty White, 88, is set to write two books that deal with issues such as sex, animals and her work as an actress as she continues to enjoy an on-screen comeback, Reuters news wire reports.

Her first book, Listen Up, will focus on her Hollywood career, namely the past 15 years, and is set for release in early 2011. White starred in the hit 1980s sitcom The Golden Girls and has a main part in the new TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland.

White became the only surviving cast member of The Golden Girls following the death of friend and co-star Rue McClanahan in June.

The Zoo and I: Betty and Her Friends is the title of the second book by White, a board member of the Los Angeles Zoo, and is set to be released in 2012.

"Much as I love what I do for a living in show business, I love writing even more -- so I am thrilled to be working on not only one new book but two of them," the actress said in a statement carried by Reuters.

White became one of the most sought-after actresses following a hosting gig on Saturday Night Live, prompted by a Facebook campaign earlier this year. The ratings for the episode were among the highest for the series.

The Emmy-winning actress will have a line of t-shirts and sweatshirts bearing her face out in stores later this month and also has her own 2011 calendar due out in September, which features her posing with animals as well as half-naked men wearing shorts.

Hot in Cleveland was recently renewed for a season season. White also stars alongside Kristen Bell in the comedy film You Again, which is set for release on September 24 and also features Cloris Leachman, an 84-year-old actress who like White, is an alum of the 1970s comedy series The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

White is also the author of The Leading Lady: Dinah's Story, which is about how a retired guide dog owned by the actress used to help a blind man, as well as the book Here We Go Again: My Life In Television.

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