Happy birthday, Betty White! The Hollywood legend celebrated her 97th birthday on Thursday, but her age has hardly slowed her down. In fact, her representative told Us Weekly that White had big plans for her birthday.
“Betty is feeling great,” the rep told Us, adding that she “still loves to work and offers keep coming in.” They further revealed, “In [the] evening, Betty is playing poker with friends that she has played with for decades.” In addition to being a card shark (because she has to be, right?), White’s only wish for her birthday was simple: “[Betty is] waiting for Robert Redford to call!” Aren’t we all?
White’s love for Redford is well documented. In a January 2018 interview with Paper magazine, she said that working with Redford (who’s 15 years her junior) would be an absolute dream. At the time, she said she has long wished for him to call for her birthday, “but it never works. I try every year.”
In fact, the two have never even met, let alone worked together, though she is definitely interested: “Oh, there’s an idea!” she told Paper. “That could be a very good idea!”
White has garnered a reputation for her humor as well as her hard work in Hollywood. In September of last year, she was awarded a special Emmy to celebrate her life’s work. In her acceptance speech, she joked, “Thank you. I’m just gonna quit while I’m ahead.” She continued, “Little did I dream that I would be here, and it’s incredible that I’m still in this business, that you’re putting up with me. I’m thanking you. It’s incredible that you can stay with a career this long and still have people put up with you. I wish they did that at home!”
We hope this year will be the one that Redford gives White a call. If not, there’s always next year.