Betty White says she is blessed with good health as she looks ahead to 99th birthday – Daily Mail

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She turns 99-years-old this Sunday.

And national sweetheart Betty White shared that she is still feeling in fine fettle with her birthday around the corner.

‘I am blessed with good health so turning 99 is no different than turning 98,’ she told People, noting the importance of ‘a sense of humor.’

Ray of sunshine: National sweetheart Betty White shared that she is still feeling in fine fettle with her birthday around the corner; pictured in 2015

Ray of sunshine: National sweetheart Betty White shared that she is still feeling in fine fettle with her birthday around the corner; pictured in 2015

Ray of sunshine: National sweetheart Betty White shared that she is still feeling in fine fettle with her birthday around the corner; pictured in 2015

The Golden Girls icon said wisely: ‘Don’t take yourself too seriously. You can lie to others – not that I would – but you cannot lie to yourself.’

She also likes to retain a sunny outlook on life as ‘I don’t like the other side. The positive side is a lot more fun.’

Betty is eagerly anticipating life after lockdown when ‘visiting with close friends and bringing food to my animal friends’ will become feasible.

Her tips for longevity and happiness are ‘Again, having a sense of humor. Just looking at the positive side and not dwelling on the downside.’

Looking fab: 'I am blessed with good health so turning 99 is no different than turning 98,' she told People , noting the importance of 'A sense of humor'; pictured in 1957

Looking fab: 'I am blessed with good health so turning 99 is no different than turning 98,' she told People , noting the importance of 'A sense of humor'; pictured in 1957

Looking fab: ‘I am blessed with good health so turning 99 is no different than turning 98,’ she told People , noting the importance of ‘A sense of humor’; pictured in 1957

She pointed out: ‘Takes up too much energy being negative. Also having a good agent who keeps me busy all the time.’

Last spring a friend of hers dished that Betty will still indulge in a cocktail every once in awhile as she hunkers down at home amid the pandemic.

The Hot In Cleveland star’s tipple of choice is a ‘vodka martini’ with ‘hot dogs and french fries,’ a pal of hers told Closer Weekly

Titan: Betty has spent eight decades working in television and has racked up the longest career in the history of the medium; pictured in 1957

Titan: Betty has spent eight decades working in television and has racked up the longest career in the history of the medium; pictured in 1957

Titan: Betty has spent eight decades working in television and has racked up the longest career in the history of the medium; pictured in 1957

Throwback: She has been on a slew of hit programs including The Mary Tyler Moore Show; she is pictured on that series with Mary in 1975

Throwback: She has been on a slew of hit programs including The Mary Tyler Moore Show; she is pictured on that series with Mary in 1975

Throwback: She has been on a slew of hit programs including The Mary Tyler Moore Show; she is pictured on that series with Mary in 1975

Legend: However Betty is most famous for starring on The Golden Girls from 1985 to 1992 with Rue McClanahan (top left), Bea Arthur (top right) and Estelle Getty (bottom left)

Legend: However Betty is most famous for starring on The Golden Girls from 1985 to 1992 with Rue McClanahan (top left), Bea Arthur (top right) and Estelle Getty (bottom left)

Legend: However Betty is most famous for starring on The Golden Girls from 1985 to 1992 with Rue McClanahan (top left), Bea Arthur (top right) and Estelle Getty (bottom left)

This friend shared: ‘Betty loves to joke that vodka keeps her young. She loves the image of her sitting at home in a rocking chair, drinking a martini and watching game shows, but she’s not really a big drinker. That’s not her. She’ll only take a few sips of a cocktail if the occasion calls for it.’ 

Betty lives in Carmel, California and last year her representative told Today she ‘has beautiful backyard with a number of wild animals visiting.’ 

She ‘Has helpers who are great’ with her and ‘wild animals visiting’ her backyard, said the rep, dishing: ‘The virus is afraid of Betty!’

Iconic: Betty starred on the show from 1985 to 1992 as Rose Nylund, a kindhearted bottle blonde ditz from St. Olaf, Minnesota

Iconic: Betty starred on the show from 1985 to 1992 as Rose Nylund, a kindhearted bottle blonde ditz from St. Olaf, Minnesota

Iconic: Betty starred on the show from 1985 to 1992 as Rose Nylund, a kindhearted bottle blonde ditz from St. Olaf, Minnesota

‘No one permitted in except those who must,’ but she still has multiple phone calls with her publicist within a week during which ‘we always have laughs.’

Betty has spent eight decades working in television and has racked up the longest career in the history of the medium. 

Although she has been on a slew of hit programs including The Mary Tyler Moore Show she is most beloved for The Golden Girls.

Breakaway: The Golden Girls ended because Bea Arthur (right) did not want to do it anymore, so Betty joined Rue and Estelle in a follow-up sequel series

Breakaway: The Golden Girls ended because Bea Arthur (right) did not want to do it anymore, so Betty joined Rue and Estelle in a follow-up sequel series

Breakaway: The Golden Girls ended because Bea Arthur (right) did not want to do it anymore, so Betty joined Rue and Estelle in a follow-up sequel series

Brief: Entitled The Golden Palace (pictured), the spin-off show lasted only one season in 1993 and saw the three remaining leads start a hotel together

Brief: Entitled The Golden Palace (pictured), the spin-off show lasted only one season in 1993 and saw the three remaining leads start a hotel together

Brief: Entitled The Golden Palace (pictured), the spin-off show lasted only one season in 1993 and saw the three remaining leads start a hotel together

Betty starred on the show from 1985 to 1992 as Rose Nylund, a kindhearted bottle blonde ditz from St. Olaf, Minnesota.

She was part of the main cast with Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty, all three of whom were younger than she but have predeceased her.

The Golden Girls ended because Bea did not want to do it anymore, so Betty joined Rue and Estelle in a follow-up sequel series.

Entitled The Golden Palace, the spin-off show lasted only one season in 1993 and saw the three remaining leads start a hotel together. 

Thank you for being a friend: The Golden Girls glass are pictured raising a toast to their show when they reached their 100th episode in 1989

Thank you for being a friend: The Golden Girls glass are pictured raising a toast to their show when they reached their 100th episode in 1989

Thank you for being a friend: The Golden Girls glass are pictured raising a toast to their show when they reached their 100th episode in 1989

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