Everyone should be taking life advice from actress Betty White, who shows no signs of slowing down.
America’s most beloved nonagenarian, who turned 96 on Jan. 19, revealed the secrets to her healthy, long-lasting life. No need to limit yourself to a plant-based diet or barely palatable health bars because for Ms. White, vodka and hot dogs will do just fine. “Probably in that order,” she told Parade.
White, a self-proclaimed optimist, goes on to say her unwavering wit and radiating cheerfulness is due to a simple life trick that even she admits sounds a bit trite. “Enjoy life,” she says. “Accentuate the positive, not the negative.” White points out that finding positivity is not difficult so long as you open your eyes to it.
With six Emmys and 75 years in showbiz under her belt, White’s career is considered the longest television career of any entertainer in history, Parade says. Of the dozens of iconic roles, Betty attributes her “Life With Elizabeth” character (lover of animals and eternal optimist) to the real Betty White.
Before her earlier breakthroughs, White was rejected from roles over and over beginning in her early 20s when she made rounds to movie studios looking for work. She was turned down many times for being “unphotogenic,” but she persisted. Turning to radio jobs, where her appearance would not be scrutinized, White read commercials and played small parts including doing crowd noises. Money was no object. In the 1940s, at the very beginning of her career, White sang in shows for no money and appeared on local game shows.
“You keep plugging away. You don’t give up,” she told Parade.
At 96, Betty White is Hollywood’s golden girl. Over the course of her long, award-stippled career, she has become an icon in the entertainment industry at large. Birthday wishes have poured through social media from fans.
One notable fan, actor Ryan Reynolds, who played White’s son in “The Proposal” back in 2009, honored the actress’ big day with a hilarious Instagram post. Dressed as his “Deadpool” character, Reynolds holds a martini and hot dog with the caption, “Cheers to another year of ‘Tinis and Weenies!”