Betty White ''Waiting for Robert Redford to Call'' on 97th Birthday

Happy birthday to actress Betty White who turns 97 on Jan. 17

Happy birthday to actress Betty White who turns 97 on Jan. 17

US Weekly said White's rep gave details about how the sole surviving "Golden Girls" star has been spending her days, including playing lots of poker, and wouldn't mind a call from her fellow actor.

In that same interview, White dished on the secret to long life, joking that vodka and hot dogs - "probably in that order!" - were to thank for her many years.

She is considered by many to be a pioneer in television and one of Hollywood's most recognizable stars. White attended Beverly Hills High School and soon embarked on a long and lauded acting career that included The Mary Tyler Moore Show followed by her very own The Betty White Show.

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The Golden Girls star added that her optimistic outlook is "pretty much the same" as always.

White has always been able to deliver the amusing, especially playing off her sweet demeanor.

White also reflected on her extraordinary career.

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Echoing a World War II era song by Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen, she said: 'Accentuate the positive, not the negative.

She starred on "Life with Elizabeth" in the 1950s and kept up her popularity as a TV personality through multiple appearances on talk shows, game shows and variety shows, as her biography explains.

The legendary actress turns 97 today. "I get bored with people who complain about this or that".

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Betty's impressive birthday milestone comes just a few months after she received a standing ovation at the Primetime Emmy Awards, where she spoke about being dubbed as the "First Lady of television". "I wish they did that at home!" "Little did I dream that I would be here and it's incredible that I'm still in this business, that you're putting up with me".

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