May 24, 2012 @ 12:16 PM
Ahead of Emmy nominations in July, TV Land hosted a female-dominated panel for members of The Academy of Arts & Sciences. Fran Drescher, Rita Moreno and Tichina Arnold from Happily Divorced, Kristen Johnston of The Exes and Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Betty White from Hot in Cleveland came together to discuss the ups and downs of their careers, future goals and what it’s like being the leading ladies of TV Land.
Rita Moreno, one of the few people in the world who can boast an Emmy®, a Grammy®, a Tony® and an Oscar®, was the first to arrive. She was followed by the fabulous Fran Drescher and the always loveable Tichina Arnold, decked out in their boldest and brightest. Fran was overheard singing the theme song to Happily Divorced on her stroll down the carpet. The hot ladies of Hot in Cleveland, Jane Leeves and Betty White, stuck together as they greeted fans on their way to the Television of Arts & Science building, where they met up with co-star Valerie Bertinelli.
It was a flurry of activity backstage as the women got their last minute touch-ups before taking the stage with their moderator for the evening, People Magazine writer Monica Rizzo. A lively panel discussion ensued accompanied by laughs and cheers from the audience as the women discussed fame, actors that have inspired them in their careers and where they want to be in five years.
Valerie’s goal? “I would like to be a grandma!”
The ladies ended the night by signing autographs and posing for photos with some of the 400+ people in attendance. As one happy fan aptly put it, “The night felt like having a cocktail with girlfriends.”