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Betty White Can Stay Up Late for Her 99th

Birthday celebration will include a hot dog and feeding ducks
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 16, 2021 4:55 PM CST

(Newser) – True to form, Betty White has something impish to say about her birthday Sunday. “Since I am turning 99, I can stay up as late as I want without asking permission!” she said in an email, the AP reports. White's low-key plans include feeding a pair of ducks that regularly visit her Los Angeles-area home. Her birthday meal will be a hot dog and french fries brought in—along with a bouquet of roses—by her longtime friend and agent, Jeff Witjas. "I am blessed with good health," she said, per People, "so turning 99 is no different than turning 98." A native of Oak Park, Illinois, White was married to game show host and producer Allen Ludden from 1963 until his death in 1981.

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The actor’s TV credits stretch from 1949's Hollywood on Television to a 2019 voice role in Forky Asks a Question, with The Golden Girls and The Mary Tyler Moore Show among the enduring highlights. Her work, always marked by top-drawer comedic timing, has earned her five Emmy Awards, including a 2010 trophy for a guest-host appearance on Saturday Night Live. Her keys to a long life, she said, include "having a sense of humor. Just looking at the positive side and not dwelling on the downside. Takes up too much energy being negative. Also having a good agent who keeps me busy all the time." (Read more Betty White stories.)

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