Betty White Prepares For 99th Birthday And Says ‘A Sense Of Humor’ Keeps Her Forever Young

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Betty White is simply — A Legend.

The star was born on January 17, 1922, in Oak Park, Illinois, before moving to Los Angeles at the age of two – it was here where she would eventually work as an assistant at a local TV station.

But it wasn’t until the early 1950s that she’d have her first taste of television…

White developed the show, titled Life with Elizabeth with George Tibbles back in the 1950’s.

The show made White one of the first female producers in Hollywood.

“He wrote and I produced,” White explained to The Hollywood Reporter. “I was one of the first women producers in Hollywood.”

But it wasn’t until The Mary Tyler Moore Show when White’s TV career got the huge boost it needed.

White starred as Sue Ann Nivens, the co-worker to the show’s star, Mary Tyler Moore, in a Minneapolis television newsroom. Sue Ann was known for cracking funny, yet poignant quips at Moore’s expense.

Her hard work on the show paid off and White earned herself two Emmy Awards for her role!

And then came White’s most famous role of all time! The 1980’s rolled around and White was cast as ‘Rose Nylund’ for the hit TV show, The Golden Girls.

And to say it was a massive hit is an understatement. The series landed among the top-ranked shows during its 7 seasons on air and bagged several coveted awards.

White went on to star in a ton of commercials, TV shows, movies and she is the oldest person to ever host Saturday Night Live! “It was the scariest thing I’ve ever done. It was really funny stuff, but it was a challenge,” she recently revealed to Newsweek.

White is also huge in charity and does a ton of charity work. The star is extremely passionate about animals and has worked with the Los Angeles Zoo as well as the Morris Animal Foundation for more than 4 decades. She previously revealed to the Hollywood Reporter: “I have to keep acting so that I can afford to keep doing my charity work!”

How does White stay so young and active at the age of 99?

In an interview with Parade, White stated that it’s her sense of humor. She then added that it’s also hot dogs and vodka, “probably in that order.”

“It sounds so trite, but a lot of people will pick out something to complain about, rather than say, ‘Hey, that was great!’ It’s not hard to find great stuff if you look.”

“I am blessed with good health,” she then noted simply, “so turning ninety-nine is no different than turning ninety-eight.”

“A sense of humor. Don’t take yourself too seriously. You can lie to others – not that I would – but you cannot lie to yourself.”

And this is why Betty White is a ICON!