Betty White shares her secret to a happy life ahead of her 100th birthday

Betty White shares her secret to a happy life ahead of her 100th birthday

The veteran actress opened up about the key to her upbeat nature: being "born a cockeyed optimist."

Betty White is just weeks away from celebrating her centennial birthday on January 17. The actress, who is a national treasure, recently spoke to PEOPLE and shared how she felt about turning 100. "I'm so lucky to be in such good health and feel so good at this age," said the award-winning artist. "It's amazing."

The veteran actress also opened up about the key to her upbeat nature: being "born a cockeyed optimist." She added, "I got it from my mom, and that never changed. I always find the positive." White then shared a secret diet to her longevity. "I try to avoid anything green. I think it's working," she joked.

The comedian began her career in Hollywood with series like The Golden Girls and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The soon-to-be centenarian also appeared in movies like Hot in Cleveland and The Proposal later in her life. 


But now she enjoys a much quieter life in her Los Angeles home, where she plays crossword puzzles and card games. The philanthropist also likes watching Jeopardy!, animal documentaries, and sports, especially golf.

The longtime animal welfare advocate has been a supporter of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Wildlife Learning Center, and Actors and Others for Animals since long. With that, her golden legacy lives on.

White's famous friends had some interesting experiences to share with the outlet. "She'd come on my show, [The Carol Burnett Show], and if there was a tinge of risqué humor in one of our sketches, she'd roll with it and make it even funnier and add a little wink to show that she was thinking of something sexy," shared Carol Burnett.


"She's not a stand-up. She's not a jokester. It's the way she can twist a line to get a laugh," she added about the "very funny" actress. Cast members of the movie The Proposal had nothing but praise for her. "Timing isn't easy in comedy, because you have to navigate other people's timing. Betty pivots like I have never seen, making it look seamless," expressed Sandra Bullock.

"The rest of us just remain silent and pray we're not cut out of the scene," she hilariously added. The 57-year-old also hoped that White would embrace her upcoming birth "the same way she has celebrated every day of her life with humor, kindness and a vodka on ice, toasting to the fact that she's a badass who has left us all in the dust."


Ryan Reynolds, who has been White's fan "or as long as I can remember," said, "I heard that scripts for Golden Girls were only 35 pages, which makes sense because so many of the laughs come from Betty simply looking at her castmates." 

"Betty lives a life of happiness. She always thinks of others first, and she stays positive no matter what, even when I beat her at our favorite game of gin rummy!" noted her longtime agent and pal, Jeff Witjas. 

Cover image source: Getty | Photo by Mark Davis

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