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Betty White endures celebrity roast

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May 17, 2012 | 4:00am EDT

The funnywoman made a grand entrance by riding into the Sheraton Hotel ballroom sidesaddle on a white pony as she was flanked by two shirtless cowboys.

The 90-year-old took her seat in front of a 1,100-strong crowd before broadcaster Barbara Walters made a series of wisecracks.

Referring to White's age, she joked, "Betty's not the first woman to be roasted by the Friars, but there have been so many firsts (for her). Betty was the first woman to do Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre. I mean literally. She did him in the balcony."

Many of the comedic remarks made reference to White's years, with funnyman Jeffrey Ross telling the audience, "More men have died on top of her than Mount Everest."

Despite the numerous good-natured insults, White enjoyed her time at the event, later telling the New York Daily News, "Everyone was so nice."

The Friars Club is a private club in New York City widely known for its yearly celebrity roasts, when a star endures scathing jokes and comedy putdowns.

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