On Sunday, January 17, actress Betty White will enjoy her 99th birthday. The beloved comedienne and actress shares her tips for a long and happy life. Among the tips is always having a sense of humor.
Betty White and her 99th birthday
As Betty White prepared to celebrate her 99th birthday, the much-loved comedienne opens up and shares her tips for a long and happy life. In the latest issue of People, Betty says she avoids the negative side of things. She says she doesn’t like the other side as “The positive side is a lot more fun.” In fact, White has always loved fun.
Betty was born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1922. She first dreamt of becoming a forest ranger, however, women weren’t allowed to be rangers at that time. Of interest to note, the US Forest Service did make her an honorary forest ranger at the age of 88.
While the Forest Service lost out way back then, Hollywood certainly gained. White found work in radio and television and launched a career that has spanned more than eight decades. Along the way, Betty has won several Emmys and has many of TV’s most memorable roles.
Fans will remember her as the Happy Homemaker Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler More Show. Most fans will love White for her role of sweet and daffy Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls. Since then, she has appeared in many charming talk shows and game shows.
Betty’s secrets to living well
White has become a national treasure over the years and has been an example of how to live well and long. In an interview with People, Betty noted that she is “blessed with good health.” She says due to that, turning 99 is not different from turning 98.
The main aspect that keeps the comedienne going is her sense of humor. She says people shouldn’t take themselves too seriously, adding, you can lie to others, but not to yourself. (Betty did add that, of course, she never lies!).
This year’s birthday will be a quiet one, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, she is looking forward to “visiting with close friends and bringing food to my animal friends” once things return to normal.
Betty White and animals
Betty has been a passionate animal advocate all her life and a vocal supporter of some of her favorite organizations. These include the Wildlife Learning Center, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Actors and Others for Animals.
Browsing social media reveals many images of a smiling Betty with her canine friends.
How to have a long and happy life
Just one-year away from the century mark, Betty offers advice for a long and happy life. She once again stressed that having a sense of humor is important. White said, “Just looking at the positive side and not dwelling on the downside.” She said that being negative takes up too much energy. White did add that having a good agent, who always keeps her busy, is another good part of her long happy life.
Happy birthday, Betty White, and many, many more! Enjoy the full interview in this week’s issue of People.