If there is one word that Betty White does not care for, it’s “retirement.” The Hollywood legend celebrated her 94th birthday on Sunday.
The lovely actress, who is best known for her role in Golden Girls, kicked off her birthday week by gracing the set of The Late Late Show with James Corden.
White took to Twitter to share a photo of her late night show appearance with several other guests. In the photo, the nonagenarian sits between zookeeper and TV star Jack Hanna and New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire.
— Betty White (@BettyMWhite) January 13, 2016
She also appeared with Rob Riggle and Joel McHale in a recent NFL-themed ad for Bandwagon.net. White, young at heart, shared her excitement with her 1.26 million Twitter followers with photos from the ad shoot.
“Nothing like spending your birthday with a friend or 8 if they’re good looking! @NFLonFOX” she tweeted.
— Betty White (@BettyMWhite) January 17, 2016
The hilarious commercial debuted during FOX’s NFL pregame show’s Riggle’s Picks segment, just before the Seattle Seahawks-Carolina Panthers game aired. Betty White was featured talking on the phone with several NFL stars.
“Don’t worry Dez, I’ll put in a good word for you with [Dallas Cowboys General Manager] Jerry Jones,” says the actress as she pretends to chat with Dallas Cowboys wide receiver, Dez Bryant. “I’m seeing him later at a swingers’ bar.”
White also joked about seeing Michael Strahan in Magic Mike XXL. “Yes, I did see you in Magic Mike XXL,” she pretends to tell Strahan over the phone. “I thought it was very brave of you to do so little ab work before filming.”
She also shared the photos on her Instagram account. Riggle greeted the veteran actress a happy birthday via Twitter after thanking her for joining them in the ad. “What an honor to work with one of my comedy heroes!” he tweeted.
— Rob Riggle (@RobRiggle) January 17, 2016
Betty White, whose career started in the 1940s, was recognized by the Guinness World Records in December 2013 for the longest TV career of a female entertainer. She first appeared on an experimental broadcast in 1939, when she was just 17-years-old. Since then, she has been visible in a number of TV programs and films, and she remains active in television. Her most recent TV appearance was on an episode of Bones in the fall season of 2015.
Her most iconic role is, inarguably, the sweet Rose Nylund in The Golden Girls. The show ran from 1985 to 1992 and also starred Bea Arthur and Rue McClanahan.
Among her recent projects were the 2009 flick, The Proposal, in which he played Ryan Reynolds’ grandmother; Boston Legal; and Saturday Night Live as a host in 2010.
“I had no idea that I would still be around at this point, for one thing,” she said in a speech at the 2015 Daytime Emmys, in which she received a Lifetime Award. “But that I’d still be privileged enough to still be in this business, and it is such a privilege.”
She has proven that at her age, it is still possible to make new pals in the industry. Although her now defunct Hot in Cleveland TV show lasted 128 episodes, the veteran actress has made new lifelong friends. Last year, for her 93rd birthday, her Hot in Cleveland family greeted her with a hula dance number and banner that read, “Happy Birthday, Betty.”
In a Saturday Night Live skit last year, Betty White gamely kissed Bradley Cooper for the show’s 40th anniversary special. She also joined Instagram in June 2015, and she has 296,000 followers already.
Betty White loves the showbiz industry so much that she did not want to stop acting. “Retirement is not in my vocabulary,” the beloved actress was quoted as saying.
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