Happy Birthday Betty White! As the Hollywood legend turns 99, she shares what's keeping her forever young

Happy Birthday Betty White! As the Hollywood legend turns 99, she shares what's keeping her forever young

Betty White's message on touching the milestone couldn't be more relevant right now, given all the negativity that has taken over the country.

Betty White turns 99 on January 17 and if there's one thing the iconic actress has proven time and again is that age is just a number. In her own words, "turning 99 is no different than turning 98."

When asked about the secret to her long and fulfilling life, the comedienne decided it was time to share some tips on what she does to ensure that she always looks at life on the positive side. "I don't like the other side," White tells PEOPLE. "The positive side is a lot more fun." The woman, older than sliced bread, was born in 1922, in Oak Park, Illinois.

White's initial goal in life was to become a park ranger, but at the time, it was something that was unheard of for women, and so she had to give up on her dream. Even though she was made an honorary forest ranger when she was 88, it was a loss for them back then. However, that worked out in Hollywood's favor.

Actress Betty White accepts the award for Favorite TV Icon during The 41st Annual People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre LA Live on January 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for The People's Choice Awards)

White was meant to be in the field of entertainment, and she found herself working in radio and television, and she soon became a huge hit, and her career lasted more than eight decades.

The legendary actess had won multiple Emmys and starred in some of TV's most memorable roles, like that of the happy homemaker Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and sweet Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls, along with her countless charming talk show and game show appearances.


Along with her career, she became an icon of sorts, especially to people who needed inspiration on how to really enjoy their lives. "I am blessed with good health, so turning 99 is no different than turning 98," White says, matter-of-factly.

When asked what the one thing is that keeps her going, she replied: "A sense of humor."  She then added, "Don't take yourself too seriously. You can lie to others — not that I would — but you cannot lie to yourself."

In a year's time, Betty White would be 100 years old.


She may be just a step away from becoming a centenarian, and her advice for a long and happy life remains quite simple. "Again, having a sense of humor," White says. "Just looking at the positive side and not dwelling on the downside. Takes up too much energy being negative. Also having a good agent who keeps me busy all the time."

Despite a milestone birthday, Betty White will have a rather quiet celebration owing to the pandemic. However, she's got plans and says she's looking forward to "visiting with close friends and bringing food to my animal friends" once life begins to return to normal and she can socialize again.

Actresses Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick, Betty White and Jane Leeves attend the Betty White celebration of her 93rd birthday on the set of "Hot in Cleveland" held at CBS Studios - Radford on January 16, 2015 in Studio City, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for TV Land)

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