Betty White's Pals 'Are Ready' To Celebrate Her 99th B-Day: 'She's An Inspiration'
Ninety-nine and feeling fine! OK! has learned that pals of the inimitable — an OG Golden Girl and beloved comedic star of nearly eight decades — are already gearing up to celebrate her January birthday with a low-key yet reverent bash.
"Betty's done so much in her life, and all with a smile," says an insider, adding that her pals can't wait to show their appreciation. "She's an inspiration for everyone around her — she refuses to get down and keeps everyone on their toes. Her friends and loved ones are ready to raise their glasses to celebrate her great life."
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And though her Golden Girls costars (Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty) have all passed, adds the insider, "they'll be there in spirit!"
White is also known to have a lot of fun, which could be a reason why she has been around for almost one century.
Jennifer Love Hewitt couldn't help but gush about her time with White during a 2018 episode of The Late Late Show With James Corden.
"Shut the front door and lock it; she's perfect," Hewitt — who starred alongside White in the 2011 movie The Last Valentine — said. "We got drunk, and we had Gummy Bears — it was amazing."
"She loves pizza and vodka. Right? She’s all of us," Hewitt cotinued. "One night we were filming, and we went out. I was like, 'Oh my gosh, I’m going on a date with Betty White.' It’s the most nervous date I’ve ever been on in my life."
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Additionally, White — who has also worked on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Hot in Cleveland — revealed her positivity and optimism helps her live longer. "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," she told Parade magazine in 2018.
"Enjoy life," White advised. "Accentuate the positive, not the negative. It sounds so trite, but a lot of people will pick out something to complain about, rather than say, ‘Hey, that was great!’ It’s not hard to find great stuff if you look."