- - Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Betty White declines invite to Marine Corps ball

The third time may not be a charm for Marine Sgt. Ray Lewis. Last week, the deployed Marine asked Emmy Award-winning actress Betty White, 89, to the Commandant’s Marine Corps Birthday Ball in November, but she politely declined.

Sgt. Lewis invited her in the same tried-and-true fashion as Cpl. Kelsey de Santis asked Justin Timberlake and Sgt. Scott Moore asked Mila Kunis - with a YouTube video.

“She’s funny, she’s sweet, she’s mature. She’s the all-around perfect woman,” Sgt. Lewis said, while dressed in formalwear and holding a rose. “I really think we’d have a good time. … I think I can make her laugh. I think she can make me laugh. I think we can laugh together. So, call me!”

Unfortunately, Miss White’s tight filming schedule prevented her from saying yes, even if she wanted to go.

“I am deeply flattered and truly appreciate the invitation, as everyone knows I love a man in uniform,” Miss White said in a statement, according to Access Hollywood, “but unfortunately I cannot accept, as I will be taping an episode of ‘Hot In Cleveland.’ “

In her inimitably sweet fashion, America’s graying sweetheart added, “Love, Betty White.”

Khloe Kardashian, husband Odom tweet about fatal car accident

The 15-year-old boy struck last week by a car carrying Khloe Kardashian’s husband, Lamar Odom, died shortly afterward, E! News reported Tuesday.

Mr. Odom’s chauffeured car, which was escorting the basketball player to a cousin’s funeral in Queens, N.Y., collided with a motorcycle. The motorcycle then hit a pedestrian riding a scooter. The teenage boy, along with the motorcyclist, was rushed to a hospital Thursday.

“[The boy] passed Friday,” Dario Centorcelli, a spokesman at New York City’s Elmhurst Hospital, told E! News. “He was brought in late afternoon about 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. He was on a scooter and was hit by a motorcycle that was hit by another vehicle. He suffered serious head injuries.”

Family and friends gathered to mourn the loss of the boy during funeral services Monday.

When they learned of his death, the Lakers basketball star and reality TV celeb tweeted condolences to everyone involved.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the young boys family,” Mr. Odom tweeted early Tuesday.

Miss Kardashian wasn’t with Mr. Odom in the car at the time of the incident but took to the Twittersphere anyway - not to offer condolences, but to address how the accident would strengthen her and her husband’s bond.

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