Betty White Shares Her Secrets Ahead of 100th Birthday: “I Always Find the Positive”


Betty White is turning 100 years old next month, and the legendary actress revealed that her secret to longevity is all about staying active and optimistic, as well as never eating her vegetables.

The comedian told People of her upcoming milestone birthday, “I’m so lucky to be in such good health and feel so good at this age. It’s amazing.” The secret to her eternally sunny outlook on life is being “born a cockeyed optimist. I got it from my mom, and that never changed. I always find the positive,” she added. And when it comes to her diet, White said she doesn’t bother with the usual healthy foods. “I try to avoid anything green,” she explained. “I think it’s working.”

Throughout the pandemic, the Golden Girls star has enjoyed a quiet life in Los Angeles playing crossword puzzles and card games, or watching animal documentaries, Jeopardy!, and golf. She’s also been focused on her animal welfare advocacy as a longtime supporter of the Wildlife Learning Center, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Actors and Others for Animals. White’s agent and friend, Jeff Witjas, told the outlet, “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!”

For the cover story, comedian Carol Burnett also reminisced about working with the actress, who has never shied away from being a little bawdy. “She’d come on [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,” Burnett said. “She’s not a stand-up. She’s not a jokester. It’s the way she can twist a line to get a laugh.”

White’s co-star on The ProposalSandra Bullock, also spoke highly of the comedian. “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. The rest of us just remain silent and pray we’re not cut out of the scene,” she said. Bullock hopes that White will celebrate her birthday “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,” she added. 

Ryan Reynolds confessed he’s been a fan of White’s “for as long as I can remember,” going on to say, “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.” And Mary Steenburgen told the outlet that White “puts out so much light into the world,” but she also “loves to throw her little F-bombs around and does it with this beautifully dimpled smile.” Steenburgen’s husband, Ted Danson, who also works with White to support ocean conservancy, said he’s always learning lessons from the star on “how to live.”  

“It’s not like she’s just a bubbly, joyful person. She wakes up every day and chooses to be that way. I think she leads a very purposeful life,” he said. 

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