Actress Betty White, one of the ‘Golden Girls’ is turning 97. With that longevity, certainly we should listen to her advice for a long and happy life. Afterall, it’s pretty rare for most people to live as long as Betty White has. So what are her secrets?
White’s career has afforded her many accolades. “I got an award for everything,” she recalled. “Inhaling, exhaling… I’ve been so spoiled rotten.”
Unhampered by age, White now spends her time as a YouTube creator. “Betty’s Happy Hour” posts quick sketch-style videos that are a riot.
In a career that has spanned more than 75 years, she has received 8 Emmy awards in various categories, 3 American Comedy Awards, 3 Screen Actors Guild awards, and a Grammy.
The Golden Girls was an American sitcom that originally aired on NBC from September 14, 1985, to May 9, 1992, with a total of 180 half-hour episodes spanning over seven seasons. The show stars Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty, as four older women, widowed or divorced, in their ‘golden years’ who shared a home in Miami, Florida.
The iconic foursome came into our homes and won our hearts each week and charmed us with their unique personalities. It taught a generation what it really meant to have lasting friends.
Happy birthday Betty White!
Betty White, who played Rose on the show, has had a long and successful career in Hollywood spanning more than seven decades. Although she is most recently known for TV comedies “Hot in Cleveland” and “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers,” White got her start in radio and broke into TV with a co-hosting spot on “Hollywood on Television.”
A charismatic hit, she went on to host her own award-winning talk show, “The Betty White Show.” A trailblazer before it was popular, White started her own production company in 1952, which produced the show “Life with Elizabeth.”
Along the way, White has appeared on classics such as “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and committed 19 years to the annual Tournament of Roses in Pasadena, California. Over the years, she’s known to have worked with everyone — except her long-standing Hollywood crush, Robert Redford.
While many successful names can tout that they’ve worked with “everyone,” few can do so and maintain such a stellar reputation. White has a radiating smile that reaches her vibrant blue eyes and an affinity for finding the positive side of everything.
“I try to see the funny side and the upside, not the downside,” White explained. “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.”
It’s so easy to get caught up in what isn’t going as planned. White, however, suggests the secret to long life is to enjoy it.
Secondarily, and in line with her “enjoy it” approach, White doesn’t get caught up in the latest dietary crazes.
While most of us are trying to adhere to our New Year’s Resolutions to eat better and exercise more, White proudly lists vodka and hot dogs as her favorites.
Yet even though White has had a long-standing public crush on Hollywood’s Robert Redford, the two have never met. She wishes for him every year, “but it never works.”
To one unique ‘Golden Girl’, Happy 97th Birthday Betty White! I hope you get to meet your Hollywood prince some day soon.