It's a generally agreed upon fact that Betty White is amazing. At 90 years young -- White's 90th Birthday Special aired last night on NBC, although her actual birthday is today -- she's living proof that strong, witty female icons can get even more fabulous in their later years.
Though Betty White has been well-loved since her days on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and most famously, "The Golden Girls," -- who didn't have soft spot for Rose? -- she's gone on to become a cultural sensation. After a successful Facebook campaign launched in 2010 asking White to host SNL, she garnered the show's highest ratings since 2008 and has appeared all over the pop culture map ever since. She was cast in a starring role on the TVLand sitcom "Hot in Cleveland," which received a People's Choice Award this year, wrote the New York Times bestselling memoir "If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won't)," snagged a Grammy nomination and is now hosting NBC's seniors-only prank show "Off Their Rockers." In the meantime, she's attracted fans of all ages -- see Kate Beckinsale's declaration of her love for Betty last night and Amy Poehler's in-good-fun roast.
So, here's to Betty, in all of her fabulous 90 years of glory! In her honor, we've rounded up our favorite Betty White moments -- and six reasons we love her so much.
SLIDESHOW: 6 Reasons To Love Betty White
Aging doesn't have to mean losing your allure. And in a country overly-obsessed with youth, we love that White celebrates and embraces her golden years -- while making us laugh in this "I'm Still Hot" video with Luciana. "You think you're so hot? Check out Betty's beat," she says.
Crude humor is no longer just for sailors, teenagers and Judd Apatow. When White appeared on SNL in May 2010, the sketch that attracted the most laughter was "Delicious Dish," which featured White as a baking goddess, Florence Dusty, who spoke candidly about her ... muffin. "My muffin hasn't had a cherry since 1939," she explains to Molly Shannon and Ana Gasteyer.
There's not much to say on this one ... except to give her our utmost respect. She made gay men everywhere jealous.
During her appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman" back in June, Betty offered up 10 tips for living a long and healthy life. Highlights included, "Exercise. Or don't, what the hell do I care?" and, "Avoid tweeting any photos of your private parts." Words to live by.
In her candid interview with Barbara Walters in 2010, White answered each and every question openly, discussing her lifelong work in the entertainment industry and her own "overexposure." When Walters approached the topic of sex, asking if at 88, one still engaged in such things, White responded quickly: "If one gets lucky, I bet they do. I think you're still interested in sex, I certainly do. I think it's an attitude."
Over the years, White has consistently starred in female-driven programming. From "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and the short-lived "The Betty White Show," to "The Golden Girls" and "Hot In Cleveland," she proved far before "Bridesmaids" that women are hilarious -- especially when they're around other women. TresSugar's Tara Sharp posted this quote from White's book that sums up her feelings on friendship: "Friendship takes time and energy if it's going to work. You can luck into something great, but it doesn't last if you don't give it proper appreciation. Friendship can be so comfortable, but nurture it -- don't take it for granted." We wonder if she had her "Golden Girls" co-stars in mind when writing this.
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