Betty White shares longevity secrets ahead of 100th birthday

Betty White has the secret to longevity: Make ‘em laugh.

The “Golden Girls” icon, who will turn 100 on Jan. 17, has shared her expert advice on living a long life and it seems comedy is key.

“I try to avoid anything green,” she jokingly told People of her diet plan. “I think it’s working.”

Ahead of her milestone birthday, White also told the outlet that her days recently have been spent with crossword puzzles, card games, animal documentaries, “Jeopardy!” and sports.

“I’m so lucky to be in such good health and feel so good at this age,” the “Hot in Cleveland” star added. “It’s amazing.”

White also credited being “born a cockeyed optimist” as her secret to longevity, noting she “got it from [her] mom.”

“I always find the positive,” she said.

Her positivity is exactly what her celebrity pals think has blessed the beloved star with a long and fruitful life. Having over 120 acting credits to her name, White is a showbiz whiz who knows just how to crack a joke.

“She’d come on my show, [‘The Carol Burnett Show’], and if there was a tinge of risqué humor in one of our sketches, she’d roll with it and make it even funnier and add a little wink to show that she was thinking of something sexy,” legendary entertainer Carol Burnett, 88, told People. “She’s not a stand-up. She’s not a jokester. It’s the way she can twist a line to get a laugh.”

Her big screen pal Sandra Bullock — who co-starred with White in 2009’s “The Proposal” — also chimed in for the tribute.

“Timing isn’t easy in comedy, because you have to navigate other people’s timing. Betty pivots like I have never seen, making it look seamless,” Bullock, 57, added. “The rest of us just remain silent and pray we’re not cut out of the scene.”

Betty White has over 120 acting credits.
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Mary Steenburgen, 68, who starred alongside White in “The Proposal” with Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, said Betty “loves to throw her little F-bombs around and does it with this beautifully dimpled smile.”

“It’s not like she’s just a bubbly, joyful person. She wakes up every day and chooses to be that way,” Ted Danson, 68, said. “I think she leads a very purposeful life.”

But enough with these A-listers: Fans of the iconic star of both the big and the small screens can also help White celebrate the big 1-0-0 with a special one-night-only theatrical event.

“Betty White: 100 Years Young — A Birthday Celebration” will be distributed by Fathom Events and will be shown in 900 cinemas nationwide on Jan. 17, 2022. Tickets are on sale now.

The production will take a gander at the much-loved actress’ life behind the scenes, as well as her relationships with her friends and staff and her efforts as an animal advocate.

Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty
“The Golden Girls” — (from left) Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty — have inspired a fan convention to be held in April 2022. Golden-Con organizers say they are “working diligently” to secure the participation of only surviving cast member White, who will have turned 100 by then.
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Meanwhile, it’s been nearly three decades since NBC’s “The Golden Girls” ended its legendary run from 1985 to 1992, yet the timeless show endures, gaining new fans with each generation thanks to nonstop syndication marathons.

Soon, they’ll have their very own fan convention to revel in all things “GG” — at the “first-ever” Golden-Con: Thank You for Being a Fan event.

The classic sitcom followed four badass retirees — Rose Nylund (White), Blanche Devereaux (Rue McClanahan), Dorothy Zbornak (Bea Arthur) and Sophia Petrillo (Estelle Getty) — living together in a pastel-hued Miami home, deciding it’s better to face the ups, downs and many hilarious moments of aging together.

But fans no longer must wait for retirement to bring their “Golden Girls” dreams to life as it’s been announced that 2022 will mark the inaugural convention to celebrate the beloved series. Mark your calendars: It’s going down April 22 through April 24 in Chicago.

Event producers Zack Hudson and Brad Balof have announced that the event will feature appearances by “guest stars, producers, and others directly connected with the show,” although no names have yet been announced and ticket prices have yet to be determined.

“We’re creating a space where fans can celebrate all the things they love about the show; friendships, laughter, families of choice, Scandinavian nitwits, sexy Southern belles, stern substitute teachers and Sicilians,” Hudson told Edge Media Network.

This leaves one burning question: Will the golden guest of honor be there?

When The Post asked White’s reps if she plans on attending the inaugural Golden-Con, her spokesman Jeff Witjas said: “No she is not. At 99 and about to be 100 [on Jan. 17], Betty no longer travels by air.”

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