Betty White Turns 98 and She’s Still ‘Off Her Rockers’

Published on January 17, 2020

Happy Birthday, Betty White!

The beloved actress turns 98 today. We can’t help but marvel at all of the incredible things that she has done, and at her unyielding empowering views on life.

“It’s your outlook on life that counts. If you take yourself lightly and don’t take yourself too seriously, pretty soon you can find the humor in our everyday lives. And sometimes it can be a lifesaver.”

Betty White

Folks on Twitter are not only posting well-wishes to the actress who is just 2 years shy of 100, but also pointing out some eye-opening facts!

For instance: This one. White is actually older than sliced bread.

Also, the fact that White has been alive for almost an entire century. Back in 2012, the Betty White revolution continued when NBC broadcasted a “Jackass” like, or Impractical Jokers like American comedy series called “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers,” structured as a ‘candid-camera’-style hidden-camera show starring White and her fearless band of senior citizens, who hit the streets to simply pull pranks on the younger generation.

Silver Screen Fiends Podcast tweeted a happy birthday message to White as well, illuminating the record breaking length of her amazing entertainment career.

“We want to wish a very happy 98th birthday to the legendary Betty White! She has had the longest running career of any entertainer, spanning 80 years. From The Mary Tyler Moore Show to The Golden Girls and beyond, she has brought endless joy to all who watch her.”

White, who is surprisingly the oldest of all of the “Golden Girls” gang has not surprisingly accepted a multitude of awards, ranging from a Primetime Emmy Award for both The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Golden Girls, to a Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award.

In fact, Betty White is tied for fifth in most Emmy nominations for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

If a standard, run-of-the-mill “Best Actress” Emmy is not enough to impress you, White has even won an Emmy for hosting a game show in 1983 — “Just Men!

White was given her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1995, and deservedly so. Not only is White a multi-talented entertainer, she is also passionate about animals.

She is highly involved with animal charities such as “Actors and Others for Animals” and the Morris Animal Foundation. White has been on the Board of Trustees for “Morris”  since 1971, and is an honorary president for the foundation.

White turned down a role in the 1997 film As Good as it Gets starring Jack Nicholson. Why? Because upon reading the script, White realized that there was a scene involving a dog being tossed down a garbage chute. (The dog was fine!) But still. She was having none of that, and it’s amazing.

Despite being one of the most respected actors in Hollywood, White has never appeared to be a “diva.” She is known for taking on smaller roles in films and television that may not be a huge focus of the plot, but she certainly always leaves an impact.

In recent years, White has stolen scenes in films such as Bringing Down the House, The Proposal and You Again.

From 2010 – 2015 White co-starred in the TV Land series Hot in Cleveland, but since then, essentially every television sitcom has been lobbying to score her as a guest star.

You can catch a glimpse or two of White in recent hit TV shows like Community, Save Me, Bones, Young & Hungry and many more.

Alexi Melvin is the Senior Entertainment Writer at Grit Daily. Based in San Francisco, she covers entertainment, events, and their intersection of tech. She is a voice actress, known for her work in the Star Wars franchise films. She is also fluent in both English and Sarcasm.

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