updated 08/27/2010 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 08/27/2010 AT 2:55 PM ET
Now that she’s sealed a deal for two books to be published next year, Betty White is already polishing up her byline with a signed piece in the Hollywood Reporter, reminiscing about her first Emmy win – in 1952.
“The Emmys weren’t a big thing back then – more like a little local awards show,” writes White, 88. Compared to current ceremony – the 62nd annual Emmys will air live on NBC Sunday at 8 p.m. ET – in the early days, “There were no photographers and no red carpet. You just got out of your car and walked into the dinner. It wasn’t even an event where people mingled and partied. You came for the awards and left.”