Betty White Proves Again and Again That Aging Is Just About Attitude
On her 95th birthday, we celebrate the hilarious actress by revisiting some of her best quotes about getting older.
This article originally appeared on RealSimple.com.
Actress and comedian Betty White doesn’t ever seem to slow down. Even in her 90s, she had no plans to retire (“Why should I retire from something I love so much?” she asked The Huffington Post in 2013), and until 2015 was still starring in a weekly comedy on TV Land, Hot In Cleveland. Plus, longtime fans were thrilled to hear Golden Girls will soon be available on Hulu.
How does she age with such grace and good humor? No one really knows, but over the years she has revealed a few of her secrets (think: “No regrets” and “hot dogs with French fries”). We’ve gathered some of our favorite quotes from the hilarious actress to celebrate her 95th birthday.
1. “I have no regrets at all. None. I consider myself to be the luckiest old broad on two feet.” —From a 2013 interview with Guinness World Records
2. “Gravity has taken over. So there’s not much I can do about it … My problem with [plastic surgery] is you’ll go to a women’s press conference or something like that, and old friends will come up and I kind of don’t recognize them. I recognize the voice, but I don’t—all of a sudden, there’s this whole new face that I don’t know who that is.” —From a 2010 interview on CNN with Joy Behar
3. “It’s not a surprise, we knew it was coming—make the most of it. So you may not be as fast on your feet, and the image in your mirror may be a little disappointing, but if you are still functioning and not in pain, gratitude should be the name of the game.” —From her book If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t)
4. “My mother always used to say, “The older you get, the better you get. Unless you’re a banana.” —From her book If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t)
5. “I’m a health nut. My favorite food is hot dogs with French fries. And my exercise: I have a two-story house and a very bad memory, so I’m up and down those stairs.” —From a 2012 interview with The New York Times
6. “Best thing about being in your 90s is you’re spoiled rotten. Everybody spoils you like mad and they treat you with such respect because you’re old. Little do they know, you haven’t changed. You haven’t changed in [the brain]. You’re just 90 every place else... Now that I’m 91, as opposed to being 90, I’m much wiser. I’m much more aware and I’m much sexier.” — People interview in 2013