Betty White Marks Her 99th Birthday And Reveals Her Celebratory Plans
On 22nd January 2021
Betty White turned 99 and her humble preparations to mark her birthday were announced. Betty wanted to tuck in a hot dog and French fries for her birthday bite, carried over by her enduring friend and agent, Jeff Witjas, who also sent her a bouquet of roses.
Betty White turned 99 and she announced her humble plans to mark her birthday. The American sweetheart admitted to the Associated Press:' Because I turn 99, I can stay up without seeking permission as late as I want! '
She also told the newspaper that she would spend most of the day feeding local ducks who were visiting her home in California. Betty disclosed that she would tuck in a hot dog and French fries for her birthday bite, brought over by her enduring pal, agent Jeff Witjas, who also sent her a bouquet of roses.
The Golden Girls symbol shared that, in the run-up to her historic birthday, she felt in fine fettle. 'I am blessed with good health so turning 99 is no different than turning 98,' she told People, noting the importance of a sense of humor.'
The actress said wisely: 'Don't take yourself too seriously. You can lie to others - not that I would - but you cannot lie to yourself.' As she added, she mentioned that she still wants to maintain a sunny perspective on life: 'I don't like the other part. A lot more fun is the optimistic side.'
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Betty is enthusiastically awaiting life after lockdown when it would become possible to 'visit close friends and offer food to my animal friends.' Her tips for longevity and happiness are, 'Again, having a sense of humor. Just looking at the positive side and not dwelling on the downside.'
She pointed out: '[It] Takes up too much energy being negative. Also having a good agent who keeps me busy all the time.' A buddy of hers dished last spring that Betty will always indulge in a drink every once in a, while as she hunkers down in the home.
The preferred tipple of the Hot In Cleveland star is a 'vodka martini' with 'hot dogs and French fries,' a friend of hers told Closer Weekly.
This friend shared: 'Betty loves to joke that vodka keeps her young. She loves the image of her sitting at home in a rocking chair, drinking a martini, and watching game shows, but she's not a big drinker. That's not her. She'll only take a few sips of a cocktail if the occasion calls for it.'
Betty lives in Carmel, California, and her agent told Today last year that she 'has a lovely backyard with trips to a variety of wild animals.' She 'has helpers who are great' with her and 'wild animals visiting' her backyard, said the rep, dishing: 'The virus is afraid of Betty!
'No one permitted in except those who must,' said the source, but she still has multiple phone calls with her publicist within a week during which they 'always have laughed.' Betty has been working on tv for eight decades and racked up the longest tenure in the history of the medium.
While she has appeared on several hit shows for The Golden Girls, including The Mary Tyler Moore Show, she is most revered. Betty appeared in the show as Rose Nylund, a kindhearted blonde bottle ditz from St. Olaf, Minnesota, from 1985 to 1992.
With Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty, she was part of the main cast, all three of whom were younger than her but had died before her.
The Golden Girls finished because Bea no longer wanted to do it, so in a follow-up sequel series, Betty joined Rue and Estelle. The spin-off episode, entitled The Golden Palace, lasted just one season in 1993 and saw the three remaining leads open a hotel together.