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Betty White and Michael J. Fox Celebrate Victory at the 1986 Emmy Awards

Betty White, Michael J. Fox, Emmys
Betty White, Michael J. Fox, Emmys

Not one year after Michael J. Fox becomes a name that will ring through the centuries from the iconic “Back to the Future” does he win an Emmy for his role in the TV show “Family Ties.” But who does he get to share the stage with? None other than the Betty White at her peak in “Golden Girls.” 

While we may all wish Betty White and Robert Redford would just finally get together—how nobody wished for that with the Wonder Woman dreamstone is beyond me—her main contribution will have to be her over 50-year career in the small and big screen. Now, she serves to challenge the “old lady” stereotypes in timeless Superbowl ads.

Posing as her fellow recipient, Fox has been a force to be reckoned with. When discussing the unstoppable legacy of “Back to the Future,” Fox had this to say:

“People have learnt English watching it over and over again or went on their first dates to this. Musicians have told me, very flatteringly, they picked up a guitar because of the ‘Johnny Be Good’ scene. It’s really powerful to hear that.”

I’m not sure how great Oedipus-related time travel makes for a first date, but Michael J. Fox and “Back to the Future” will remain in the hearts of Americans for a long time to come. 

At age 29, Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and he has made it his life’s mission to help find a cure using his foundation. Despite the tragic news of Fox retiring due to health issues, his contribution to cinema, television, and the lives of more than 10 million people living with Parkinson’s will never retire. 

Just don’t make the violin sign in front of him!

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