Jamie Lee Curtis Reveals Symbolism Behind Her 2022 Oscars Gown

  • Jamie Lee Curtis paid tribute to Betty White at the 2022 Oscars by wearing a special gown and bringing a rescue dog as her companion.
  • Curtis presented the “in memoriam” segment of the evening, honoring White with a heartfelt speech.
  • “My first thought was that I should bring out a rescue dog with me since Betty White loved animals more than people. It would honor her legacy of activism and support for animal rights,” Curtis said.

      At the 2022 Oscars, Jamie Lee Curtis had the privilege of honoring Betty White with the evening’s “in memoriam” segment. Curtis took her task to heart, paying tribute to White through her red carpet look and a furry four-legged companion—just how the Golden Girl would’ve wanted it.

      In an interview with People, Curtis explained how the presentation idea came about, and how delighted she was to be trusted with the role. As soon as her publicist Heidi Schaeffer delivered the news, the vision for Curtis’s red carpet look (and co-presenter!) started coming to life.

      “My first thought was that I should bring out a rescue dog with me since Betty White loved animals more than people. It would honor her legacy of activism and support for animal rights,” Curtis said.

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      She even ensured her dress was an homage to the actress’ passions by wearing a design by Stella McCartney, a known animal rights supporter who uses sustainable, non-animal materials in her work. (A set of recycled platinum, ethically sourced Cathy Waterman diamond earrings completed the look.)

      However, Curtis admitted that getting Mac-N-Cheese, her adorable little co-presenter, through Hollywood’s red tape and on-stage wasn’t easy.

      “There were some complications of getting a little rescue dog due to union rules, but I persevered and I’m happy that I was able to shine the many bright lights of that moment on the heroes who rescue animals and who offer them a new chance at living in a loving and nurturing family,” she told People. “I love the ‘connect the dots’ of this whole moment.”

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      The struggle was totally worth it, because Curtis’ speech was a highlight for everyone watching. “[Betty White] was not only a Golden Girl, she was a legend who brightened every room she walked in and brought a smile to the faces of all who watched her on the screen,” Curtis said during the ceremony, proudly holding the little pooch. “And day in and day out for almost a century, she was a woman who cared so much for not just her two-legged friends but for animals just like this.”

      She continued, giving a shoutout to Mac-N-Cheese’s shelter, Paw Works. “So the greatest gift you could give Betty White is to open your heart and your home and adopt a rescue dog just like Mac-N-Cheese from Paw Works,” she said. “So thank you, Betty, thank you for being a friend to us all.”

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      Fans outpoured their love for the moment on Instagram. “The BEST tribute 🤍
      Betty would be proud 🥲,” Valerie Bertinelli wrote. “Betty is smiling in heaven,” another added. “The cutest moment in the ceremony 😍,” someone else wrote.

      White died on December 31, two weeks before her 100th birthday. In response to her death, fans worldwide participated in the “Betty White Challenge” and raised $12.7 million for animal shelters in her honor.

      Curtis and White worked together in the rom-com, you againand when White passed away, Curtis posted a heartfelt Instagram tribute in honor of her late costar.

      We love the way Curtis honored White, and we’re sure Mac-N-Cheese was excited to be a part of the beautiful tribute.

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