Jan 3, 2022 - News

Remembering Betty White's Columbus connections

Betty White receives a kiss on her hand from a giraffe, whose head is leaning over a fence
Betty White was a guest of honor when the Heart of Africa region opened in 2014 at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Photo: Grahm S. Jones, courtesy of the zoo

Ohioans might know of Betty White's support for the Columbus Zoo and friendship with its longtime director Jack Hanna.

  • But she had another connection to Columbus: once being a spokesperson for Marzetti, a local food processing company.

The intrigue: White, who passed away over the weekend, promoted a "Betty White Special" coupon from 1977 that saved customers 10 cents on any size jar of Marzetti salad dressing.

A newspaper advertisement and coupons for Marzetti salad dressing featuring Betty White
From the East Liverpool Evening Review of May 25, 1977, via Newspapers.com.
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