The iconic performer reportedly has an entertaining, fun-filled, and humorous birthday celebration planned for the day.
Legendary American actress Betty White turns 98 today, and thankfully for us, she's not slowing down any time soon. Although White's celebrated career began in the late 1940s, the former Golden Girl's exceptional talent and perseverance has made her one of the prominent figures in the entertainment industry to this day. While her age did bring along some pains and aches, White's knack for comedy and zest for life remains just the same. The iconic performer reportedly has an entertaining, fun-filled, and humorous birthday celebration planned for the day and we would like to take this opportunity to wish her a wonderful birthday and all the happiness in the world.
During an interview with Closer Weekly, a close friend of the actress revealed that White plans on celebrating her big day surrounded by a small group of friends and loads of good humor. "She still likes to drink, laugh and tell stories. It will be at her home with her longtime friends and stepchildren. She’s still close with them and their children. They’ll order food in and have fun," the insider said.
"She doesn’t have any major health problems. She says she’s a little ‘creaky.’ Walking is a bit of an issue and she uses a walker at home, but she’s OK. And she’s still quick with a one-liner," continued her pal. Speaking about how the 98-year-old feels about her age, the insider revealed that the actress has now become more choosy about reasons to leave her house. "She still gets job offers, but that part of her life is probably over. Everyone wants her to retire to [her vacation property in Carmel, California], but Hollywood is in her blood. She likes to be close to the action, even at her age," they said.
Furthermore, the friend shared how much White misses her late husband, Allen Ludden, and a lot of her friends who are no more, including her former co-stars Mary Tyler Moore and Valerie Harper. "She says, 'Every day my world gets smaller.' So many people she knew and loved have passed. She’s hopeful that someday they’ll all be reunited. She’s not morbid about it, though, and definitely doesn’t dwell on it," added the insider.
Despite reminiscing the cheerful past, White remains grateful for her long and prosperous life. She still wakes up around 6 a.m. and feeds her avid reader soul with several books every month. "She also likes to watch the news, movies and anything about animals. She is still active at the Los Angeles Zoo and several other animal charities. She wishes she could attend more of their events, but she does her best to support them. She gives generously of her own money; she says it feeds her soul," continued the insider. During an interview with TODAY in 2016, the actress shared how staying excited about life outside her home was the secret of her youth. "I think that everybody should cultivate a passion. Don’t be afraid to really get hooked on something. It’s your mental attitude. So many of us start dreading age. Make the most of it," she said.