Let's all celebrate with a slice of cheesecake, shall we?
At the very thought of Betty White, we can’t help but start humming the too-familiar tune that opened every night we spent laughing and devouring cheesecake with our favorite ladies: Blanche, Sophia, Dorothy, and—of course—Rose. And, this month, there’s more reason than ever to celebrate Hollywood’s golden girl because she’s turning 96 with every ounce of the quick-witted humor and magnetic personality she had when gracing our screens as one-fourth of “The Golden Girls.”
However, it goes without saying: Betty White is much more than just the wide-eyed, ever-naïve Rose Nyland. The six-time Emmy winner boasts a career that spans over 75 years now, winning Emmys for her roles in “The Golden Girls” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” as well as enjoying a comedic resurgence in modern productions, “The Proposal” and “Hot in Cleveland.” She’s been married three times, including two short-lived marriages and an 18-year marriage to her late husband, Allen Ludden. (“The first two were…rehearsals,” she joked to Piers Morgan in 2011.) And, on top of it all, she’s never lost her unrelenting positivity and spitfire sass.
What’s her secret to living a life full of happiness, health, and good times for nine decades and counting?
In a recent interview with Parade, White let the world in on her trick: “Enjoy life. 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.”
(She added that she also really loves vodka and hot dogs, “probably in that order.” We can definitely get on board with that, too.)
As far as we can tell, it seems she’s been living that way her whole life; she even referenced her perpetual good attitude as a primary factor in the off-screen feud she experienced with Bea Arthur during the filming of “The Golden Girls.” In an HLN interview in 2011, White said of Arthur, "She found me a pain in the neck sometimes. It was my positive attitude—and that made Bea mad sometimes. Sometimes if I was happy, she'd be furious!"
Despite living her golden years in enviable contentment, her birthday wish remains the same year after year. "But it never works," she lamented.
The wish beyond her grasp: Robert Redford! You know, that classically handsome gentleman with the blonde hair and chiseled jaw that we fawned over in “Butch Cassidy” and “The Great Gatsby.” Redford and White have never met or collaborated, but here’s hoping for the future. (She quite fancies Mr. Redford.)
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The busy actress made it clear she has no intentions of slowing down at the turn of her 96th year, and we personally wouldn’t want it any other way. From the beaches of Miami to the streets of Cleveland, she always has a place on our screens. As for how our favorite Golden Girl wants to be remembered, she kept it plain and simple: “Warmly. I hope they remember something funny. I hope they remember a laugh.” Happy Birthday, Ms. Betty White!