LOS ANGELES – Actress Linda Hamilton on Tuesday offered herself as a consolation date to a Marine, after screen veteran Betty White declined his invitation to a military ball.
Just days after "Friends with Benefits" stars Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake accepted YouTube invitations to accompany two Marines to Marine Corps Balls scheduled for November, Sgt. Ray Lewis invited 90-year-old White to join him at one of the balls, calling her "the all-around perfect woman."
White said Monday that she was "deeply flattered" by Lewis' invitation, but was unable to accept it because she would be taping an episode of her sitcom "Hot in Cleveland."
Hamilton, who played Sarah Connor in the first two "Terminator" movies, posted a YouTube video Tuesday in which she says she spent a whole night crying over White turning down Lewis' invitation.
"Betty called and I talked to her for hours and I know she feels terrible," Hamilton says in the video. "So I just decided that I would try to reach out to you and say, 'Look, I know that I am no Betty White, but I would be really, really thrilled if you can't find anything else, and I know that it's unlikely, but if you can't find anybody else to go to the ball with you I could go.'"
Lewis commented on Hamilton's video with the YouTube account he used to post his Betty White video.
"You are amazing," he wrote.
Timberlake, 30, agreed last week to Corporal Kelsey De Santis' YouTube invitation to a Nov. 12 Marine Corps Ball in Washington, D.C.
His "Friends With Benefits" co-star Kunis, 27, had already agreed to attend the Marine Corps Ball in North Carolina on Nov. 18, with Sgt. Scott Moore, after he asked her to be his date in a video also posted on YouTube.
Timberlake had encouraged Kunis to accept Moore's invite during a joint interview when she was asked about it.