Betty White's secret to a long, happy, healthy life (Hint: it came from her mom)
America's sweetheart still going strong at 88 years young
Betty White is turning 100 in a matter of weeks — on Jan. 17, 2022 — and the actress and comedian's got plenty of spice and spunk left to share as she looks forward to turning the page on age 99 and reaching her centennial.
In an exclusive statement shared with Fox News Digital by email on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, about how she stays happy and healthy — and what keeps her going, no matter what — she captured so much in such a succinct couple of lines.
"I've always been a cockeyed optimist," Betty White told Fox News. "I got it from my mom. I'm gonna stick with it."
White was born the only child of her "beloved mother," homemaker Christine Tess, and her dad, Horace Logan White, a lighting company executive.
She's irrepressible! Betty White has been modeling happiness, good health, and good humor for a lot of years. She'll celebrate a major milestone very soon in the New Year. (AP)
As so many millions of American know, the native of Oak Park, Ill., has enjoyed great success in radio, TV, and film over a career that's spanned more than 75 years.
She’s been called "America’s Sweetheart" and the "First Lady of Television."
She was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1995, the same year she earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
She’s won eight Emmy Awards in a variety of categories, plus many other awards over the years.
White is best known for her television sitcom roles on "Hot in Cleveland" (2010-2014), "The Golden Girls" (1985-1992), and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (1970-1977).
She's also a dedicated animal lover, as well as the author of a number of books.
As Betty White prepares to celebrate her birthday very soon, here are a few of her other great one-liners and wise witticisms she's delivered over the years, in a variety of venues (some of these are from her 2011 book, "If You Ask Me (and Of Course You Won't").
—"I don’t have a sweet tooth, but I do have a cocktail before dinner. I also love French fries and hot dogs."