It’s no secret Betty White is one of the original queens of television. Now, the entertainment icon, who will turn 97 on Jan. 17, has shared her secret to what has kept her around for so long.
Speaking to Parade, White divulges that indulging in her favorite beverage and food — vodka and hot dogs, “probably in that order” — is something she still enjoys as a nonagenarian.
She has another tip for being healthy and happy. “Enjoy life,” she tells the magazine. “Accentuate the positive, not the negative. It sounds so trite, but a lot of people will pick out something to complain about, rather than say, ‘Hey, that was great!’ It’s not hard to find great stuff if you look.”
White’s unflappable optimism and positive outlook has also helped. “I know it sounds corny, but I try to see the funny side and the upside, not the downside,” she says in the interview. “I get bored with people who complain about this or that. It’s such a waste of time.”
White, who played the beloved character Rose Nylund on the hit NBC sitcom The Golden Girls from 1985 to 1992, also spends a lot of time with her animal friends, which could be a factor in her well-being. A longtime supporter of animal rights, she currently has a golden retriever named Pontiac and continues to be involved in animal welfare causes, including serving for more than four decades as a trustee and on the board of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association.
Whatever she’s doing is clearly working. White has been in the entertainment industry for the past 75 years, including having the longest television career of any female entertainer — ever. We wish her the happiest birthday and many more years of health and happiness.