America’s golden girl Betty White is ringing in her 98th birthday on Friday, Jan. 17.
Beginning her illustrious career way back in the late 1940s, the comedic staple made generations laugh with “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Golden Girls” and “Hot in Cleveland,” and still remains one of the most prominent figures in the entertainment industry. She accumulated 24 Emmy nominations and won eight.
While her age has brought with it some aches and pains, White’s wit and zest for life remain the same as ever. She’s not slowing down anytime soon. She still begins her days at around 6 a.m. and is an avid reader who devours several books a month. She became the oldest host in the history of “Saturday Night Live” and made dozens of cameos.
“I know it sounds corny, but I try to see the funny side and the upside, not the downside,” she told Parade Magazine in 2018. “I get bored with people who complain about this or that. It’s such a waste of time.”
White plans to celebrate her birthday surrounded by a small group of her pals and loads of good humor, according to Closer Weekly.
“She still likes to drink, laugh, and tell stories. It will be at her home with her longtime friends and stepchildren,” a friend of the beloved comedian told Closer Weekly. “She’s still close with them and their children. They’ll order food in and have fun.”
The legendary actress has spoken about how staying excited about life outside the walls of her home is the key to staying youthful in a 2016 interview with TODAY. “I think that everybody should cultivate a passion. Don’t be afraid to really get hooked on something. It’s your mental attitude. So many of us start dreading age. Make the most of it,” she said at the time.