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Actress and comedian Betty White is known as “Mayor of Hollywood”

; and “First Lady of Game Shows.”

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Betty White turns 99 on Sunday, and the landmark birthday makes fans wonder – what is her secret to a long, healthy life?

White has been a beloved actress in Hollywood for more than seven decades with roles in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Golden Girls” and more. As a fine wine, she seems to only get better with age, and she has become a national treasure for her humor and many years of career.

In an interview with People Wednesday, she said that good genes have played a role in her lifetime.

“I am blessed with good health,” she said, “so being 99 is no different than being 98.”

She spends quarantine birthday quarantined due to the coronavirus pandemic, but looks forward to “visiting close friends and bringing food to my animal friend” when life is back to normal.

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To celebrate her nearly hundredth birthday, we round up the beloved actress and comedian’s tips for living a long and healthy life.

Laugh

White, who has starred in comedies throughout her career, told People “a sense of humor” keeps her going. “Do not take yourself too seriously. You can lie to others – not what I wanted – but you can not lie to yourself,” she added.

stay positive

In 2018, she told Parade that the key is to “highlight the positive, not the negative. It sounds so banal, but many people choose something to complain about, rather than saying ‘Hey, that was great!’ It’s not hard to find good things if you look. “

Avoid complaining

“I know it sounds corny, but I try to see the fun side and upside, not the downside. I get bored with people complaining about this or that. It’s such a waste of time, ”she told Parade in the same interview.

Vodka and hot dogs?

She also told the Parade that she loves vodka and hot dogs “probably in that order.”

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Get busy

“First and foremost, you need to be busy,” she told Katie Couric in an interview in 2017. “Don’t focus everything on you that wears out pretty quickly. It’s not hard to find things you’re interested in, but enjoy them and pamper them, and I think it can keep you on your toes. “

Her role as Rose Nylund in “The Golden Girls” received her four Golden Globe nominations.

“You keep connecting … You’re not giving up,” she told Parade.

Her long list of projects certainly shows how much she loves the work she does with more than 120 plays to her name.

“I just love working, so I keep working until they stop asking,” she told Parade.

Train your mind

White said she challenges herself with mind games and puzzles to stay sharp.

“Crossword!” she told Couric. “I’m addicted. An admitted addict. I just can not put them down.”

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