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Betty White has big night with Emmy win for 'SNL'

Betty White has big night with Emmy win for 'SNL'
Betty White (Chris Pizzello / Associated Press)

(AP) LOS ANGELES (AP) - The

Betty White

phenomenon keeps getting bigger.

White won an Emmy Award for best guest actress in a

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series for her turn as host on "Saturday Night Live." The honor came Saturday at the creative arts ceremony that is precursor to the main Aug. 29 Emmy show.

The trophy is the fifth prime-time Emmy received by the 88-year-old White, according to the TV academy. Her previous honors came for classic sitcoms including

"The Mary Tyler Moore Show"

and "The Golden Girls."

So far this year, besides the "SNL" gig, White made a splash with the new TV Land sitcom "Hot in Cleveland," scored with a clever

Super Bowl

commercial and guest-starred on

ABC's

"The Middle."

She did not attend Saturday's ceremony.

Neil Patrick Harris

won the trophy for best guest actor in a comedy series for his appearance on

"Glee,"

while the guest acting trophies for

drama

series went to

John Lithgow

for

"Dexter"

and

Ann-Margret

for "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."

The top network winner was

HBO

with 17 trophies, followed by ABC with 15 and Fox with nine.

CBS

,

NBC

and

PBS

each claimed seven. "The Pacific," HBO's

World War II

miniseries, captured a leading seven creative arts awards.

John Leverence, senior vice president of awards, received the

Syd Cassyd

Founders Award for his service to the TV academy.

Next week's Emmy ceremony, with

Jimmy Fallon

as host, will air live on NBC.

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