‘Golden Girls’ Actress Betty White Turns 98–and Here Are 8 Times When She Said It Best

January 22, 2020 Updated: January 22, 2020
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American actress and comedian Betty White turned 98 years of age on Jan. 17, 2020. The iconic “The Golden Girls” star has the longest-running television career of any entertainer, spanning an incredible eight decades.

On the occasion of her birthday, here are eight times that Betty White, icon and pioneer, said it best.

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White celebrating her 93rd birthday on the set of “Hot in Cleveland” in Studio City, California, on Jan. 16, 2015 (©Getty Images | Mark Davis)

1. Spoiled Rotten

“I got an award for everything: inhaling, exhaling,” White joked in an interview with PBS in 2018. “I’ve been so spoiled rotten. I’m the luckiest old broad on two feet.”

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A headshot portrait of young American actress Betty White circa 1955 (©Getty Images)

2. Vodka and Hot Dogs

Speaking to Parade in 2018, White revealed a penchant for fast food and the occasional drink. She loves vodka and hot dogs, “probably in that order,” she joked.

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White onstage during the “Informal Session: Betty White’s Off Their Rockers” panel for NBC in Pasadena, California, on Jan. 6, 2012 (©Getty Images | Frederick M. Brown)

3. Stage Fright

Speaking to PBS, White once described stage fright as “a lifesaver.”

“The panic that sets in, you’ve got to counter, and you have to get a handle on it in order to do what you’re doing,” the actress explained. “So the stage fright is what puts the edge, I think, on a performance.”

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White attends the People’s Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California, on Jan. 7, 2015. (©Getty Images | Frazer Harrison)

4. On Love

After White’s husband Allen Ludden passed away from stomach cancer in 1981, White occasionally had to field questions about her romantic life in television interviews. Speaking to CNN in 2011, the actress clarified her stance.

“I had the love of my life,” she said. “If you’ve had the best, who needs the rest?”

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(L–R) “The Golden Girls” actresses Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Bea Arthur at the TV Land Awards in Santa Monica, California, on June 8, 2008 (©Getty Images | Todd Williamson)

5. Zest for Life

“You don’t fall off the planet once you pass a given age,” White told Today back in 1991. “You don’t lose any of your sense of humor. You don’t lose any of your zest for life, or your lust for life, if you will.”

“If you were a dull young person, you’re going to be a dull old person,” White reflected, sitting beside her three “The Golden Girls” co-stars, Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty. “But I don’t think just because the years go by that you have to be that way,” she added.

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6. Beauty Sleep

“Get at least eight hours of beauty sleep,” White told “The Late Show” in 2011, as quoted by International Business Times. “[N]ine,” she added, “if you’re ugly.”

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White performs onstage at the AFI Life Achievement Awards honoring Morgan Freeman in Culver City, California, on June 9, 2011. (©Getty Images | Kevin Winter)

7. A Blessed Business

While speaking onstage during the 70th annual Emmy Awards, White stole the show with a hilarious tribute to her fans and colleagues in the industry as the industry, in turn, honored her. “All I can say is it’s such a blessed business to be in,” she said, as quoted by Today, “and how lucky can I be?”

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White at the premiere of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s 3D-CG “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” in Universal City, California, on Feb. 19, 2012 (©Getty Images | Kevin Winter)

8. Enjoy Life

“Enjoy life,” White told Parade, shortly after her 96th birthday in 2018. “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 said.

Betty White, at the age of 98, is still an icon appreciated by millions for her inimitable wit and wisdom.