Hollywood Icon Betty White Is Turning 99 This Weekend And Still Going Strong

Hollywood Icon Betty White Is Turning 99 This Weekend And Still Going Strong

The beloved comedic actress said that the key to long life includes "having a sense of humor."

Betty White is a household phenomenon across American television and movie viewing audiences. With a television career spanning over 80 years, White has worked longer in that medium than anyone else in the television industry. The legendary actress will turn 99 on January 17, and continues to follow the safety norms of COVID-19, and will have her celebration in quarantine. She recently spoke with Entertainment Tonight on how she plans to celebrate her 99th birthday. "What am I doing for my birthday?" she said. "Running a mile each morning has been curtailed by COVID, so I am working on getting The Pet Set re-released, and feeding the two ducks who come to visit me every day."



The Pet Set was one of White's syndicated shows from the 1970s. She is spotlighted on her lifelong love for animals alongside notable celebrities like Carol Burnett, Mary Tyler Moore, Doris Day, James Stewart, Burt Reynolds, and more. There were several dogs, cats, birds, and horses – in addition to a wide range of wild animals including tigers, bears, elephants, lions, wolves, gorillas, cougars, seals, kangaroos, zebras, and eagles – both in the studio and on location. The show was produced by White's late husband, Allen Ludden, and will soon release on DVD and streaming platforms thanks to MPI Media Group on Feb. 23. It will mark the series' 50th anniversary.  "The Pet Set is one of my favorite shows," White said in a news release about the show's new platform. "I’m thrilled it’s going to be seen again after all these years."



The beloved comedic actress told People magazine the key to a long life includes "having a sense of humor." "Just looking at the positive side and not dwelling on the downside," White said. "It takes up too much energy being negative. Also having a good agent who keeps me busy all the time. Turning 99 is no different than turning 98.” β€œDon’t take yourself too seriously,” White told the publication. β€œYou can lie to others -- not that I would -- but you cannot lie to yourself.



Her long and illustrious career includes five Primetime Emmy Awards, two Daytime Emmy Awards (including the 2015 Daytime Emmy for Lifetime Achievement), and a Los Angeles Emmy Award in 1952. She is also the only woman to win an Emmy in all performing comedic categories. White holds the record for the longest span between Emmy nominations for performances as her first was in 1951 and most recent was in 2011, cover a period of 60 years. She was inducted amidst a positive response into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences list of halls and walks of fame in 1995. 


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