(TMU) — The original golden girl herself, Betty White, is celebrating her 98th birthday on Friday.
But how has the spry granny, born Betty Marion White on Jan. 17, 1922, managed to live such a long and happy life?
The Emmy award-winning actress once joked that her secret to longevity consisted of three simple ingredients: vodka, hot dogs, and her love of pets.
White, who is best known for her role as Rose Nylund in the classic sitcom The Golden Girls (1985-92), has over 75 years in show business under her belt. The comedian became a staple of U.S. television in such shows as The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Hot in Cleveland along with memorable appearances in shows like Mama’s Family and That ‘70s Show.
She catapulted to fame with her first sitcom, Life with Elizabeth, where White played the titular role and became the first woman to have creative control of a program as both a producer and the star.
White earned no less than 24 Emmy nominations and won eight in the span of her career.
When she reached the age of 90 it didn’t slow her down one bit. Not only did White become the oldest host in the history of Saturday Night Live but she also made dozens of cameos. White also starred in a memorable 2010 Super Bowl commercial for Snickers where she got tackled to the ground, football-style.
At her last birthday celebration, the nonagenarian celebrated with a poker game alongside her friends of many decades. She credited her lifetime of happiness that time to her nature as a “cockeyed optimist.”
In 2018, she told Parade magazine:
“I know it sounds corny, but I try to see the funny side and the upside, not the downside. I get bored with people who complain about this or that. It’s such a waste of time.”