Betty White on turning 100: ‘I’m so lucky to be in such good health’

Betty White is turning 100 on January 17th. Betty is kicking her celebration off with a movie about her life that will be released in theaters for one day only. Aside from giving advice for living a long healthy life, Betty has been entertaining us for donkey’s years and it seems she isn’t planning to stop any time soon. Betty covers the newest issue of People. She told People that she is lucky to be in good health and feeling good. When asked how she stays so healthy, Betty joked that she stays away from green foods. Here are some highlights from her interview:

In this week’s cover story, White tells PEOPLE exclusively how she feels about turning 100 years old. “I’m so lucky to be in such good health and feel so good at this age,” says the veteran actress. “It’s amazing.”

According to White, being “born a cockeyed optimist” is the key to her upbeat nature. “I got it from my mom, and that never changed,” she says. “I always find the positive.”

As for her diet, White jokes: “I try to avoid anything green. I think it’s working.”

Nowadays, White enjoys a quiet life in Los Angeles playing crossword puzzles and card games. She also likes to watch animal documentaries, Jeopardy! and sports, particularly golf. White, who is a longtime animal welfare advocate, is also a longtime supporter of the Wildlife Learning Center, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Actors and Others for Animals.

[From People]

Betty White is a global icon and the love for Betty is universal. Betty is just as popular in the Black community, I can attest to that. I giggled when Betty said that she is a cockeyed optimist. Like the visual I got in my mind’s eye was ridiculous. I am glad that I get to live in the same timeline as Betty White. She has been a fixture in my life for decades and I am excited to celebrate her 100th with her. If Omarion wasn’t wrecking havoc I would go see Betty’s movie. Hopefully it will be released on a streaming service or Youtube.

I am still cackling at Betty saying that not eating green foods keeps her healthy especially since there has been a lot of speculation on whether Betty is vegan. I don’t she is since she admitted when she turned 96 that she loves vodka, French fires and hotdogs. I need some of Betty’s cockeyed optimism. I am sure laughing and being joyous contributes to her long life along with minding her business and staying moisturized. I am looking forward to January 17th, one of my friends shares Betty’s birthday and I am sure that day is going to be wild with celebrations. In the meantime, I am going to do a Golden Girls marathon. It has been a while since I have spent time with my favorite ladies.

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  1. Granger says:

    She’s a sweetheart and I hope she still has a few joyful years to go!

    Good health–but genes also play a part. And it goes without saying that she can afford a lot of help, which is a bonus.

    • Jan90067 says:

      She IS a National Treasure!!!

      With Harry Reid and John Madden dying w/in a day or so of each other, I hope someone is with Betty right now, rolling her in bubble wrap and sitting watch!!!

      The “Curse of the Threes” is being talked about. *Pooh*pooh*pooh* as my grandmother would say, to ward off the “Evil Eye”!

    • Rascalito says:

      She really is such a sweetheart, and I’m lucky to have had her in my life (through TV) for at least 30 years. 🙂 And I have to say, for everyone who loves The Golden Girls, you should definitely watch Golden Palace too. I waited until THIS year to give it a try, and it’s hilarious! Betty’s just as funny in it as The Golden Girls, but more biting with her comebacks, which is amazing. Anyway just a suggestion to celebrate her 100th birthday. 🙂

  2. Jessica says:

    Love Betty. An icon and a legend.

  3. Gil says:

    She is American’s National Treasure. Love her, such a lovely lady and amazing actress.

  4. BusyLizzy says:

    She’s simply adorable.

  5. Who ARE these people? says:

    “Cockeyed optimist” is a nod to her formative years and the wonderfully upbeat song by that name in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musical play, “South Pacific.”

  6. Jules says:

    Good for her, she looks great!

  7. kimmy says:

    I can’t even begin to imagine all the things she’s seen and experienced in 100 years. Happy Birthday, Betty!

  8. Angie says:

    “If Omarion wasn’t wrecking havoc I would go see Betty’s movie“


    • BothSidesNow says:

      Me too!! But I live in the land of neanderthals, so I am fearful of just going to the store!! I hope that they stream her movie!! I would love to know everything and every moment of her life!! I wish she would go on tour to give us an opportunity to ask questions and see her in real time, up close. Betty White is an icon!!

      I have adored her since the Mary Tyler Moore show!! I was too young when it originally aired, but I watched some of it on reruns. In fact, Ed Asner just passed away not too long ago, so I think that leaves Betty the last man standing. She is such a lovely person, it seems! She is always smiling and giving her time and money, and public support, for animals. Betty is actually older than sliced bread!!

      • Jan90067 says:

        I posted the same on her timeline, asking for them to consider a PPV or a stream due to the virus. I’d pay to watch it at home, safely!!

        Maybe I’ll do a GG’s marathon with an MTM chaser 😉

  9. Sankay says:

    I read an article of an interview back when she played on Golden Girls where she said she had a hot dog every day. Sounds she found something she liked and stuck with it, no eating between meals or grazing just a few food items.

  10. Mimi says:

    I love Betty white. She’s such an icon. Can’t wait for her 100th. I was just watching some YouTube vids of when she hosted SNL 😂 and the Ryan-sandy-Betty video still gets me 😂

  11. Fuzzy Crocodile says:

    Happy Birthday Betty! I rewatched the Golden Girls during the pandemic.

  12. Nanea says:

    Betty truly is golden, and I like how she’s *good* with a twinkle in her eyes and a mischievous grin.

    Have a happy and healthy hundred, Ms White, and have a drink on us all, dear Betty!

  13. SpankyB says:

    I’ve never watched Golden Girls.

    I love Betty and have watched her in just about everything she’s been in, but I think Golden Girls was on when I just didn’t have time for a lot of TV. I remember my mom loving the show and thinking it must be for old people. LOL Well, I’m now old people so I’ll binge it if I can find where it’s streaming.

  14. Amy T says:

    Betty is the bomb. And she was married to Allen Ludden, which must have been so much fun!

  15. jferber says:

    SpankyB, it streams on Hulu. Great channel. Great show. You go, Betty!

  16. Joanna says:

    I love her!

  17. Quincytoo says:

    RIP Beautiful lady
    You will be missed

  18. Bellaluna McKenzie says:

    So sad that she passed away on New Year’s Eve and so close to her 100th!

  19. Virginfangirl says:

    She seemed so grateful for all her blessings and I think that’s why she held a special place in my heart. I will miss her.