We loved Mary Tyler Moore, but as the awesome Sue Ann Nivens, Betty White won a very special place in viewers’ hearts.
Betty’s groundbreaking career as a sitcom producer in the 50’s was just the first step. As Sue Ann in the 70’s, then again as naive, sweet, Golden Girl Rose Nylund, Betty White has never failed to deliver.
On the 22ndof January, Betty turns 97. To celebrate the important event, this article reflects back on a few of the highlights from Betty’s (almost) seven decades in showbiz.
“When we started in television [in ‘Life with Elizabeth’ from 1952 to 1955], there was that magic box in the corner of the room, and ‘Oh my gosh — look what it’s doing!'”
“Retirement is not in my vocabulary. They aren’t going to get rid of me that way.”
“The bottom line is, I’m blessed with good health. On top of that, I don’t go around thinking ‘Oh, I’m 90, I better do this or I better do that.’ I’m just Betty. I’m the same Betty that I’ve always been. Take it or leave it.”
“Animals don’t lie. Animals don’t criticize. If animals have moody days, they handle them better than humans do.”
“I’m not into animal rights — I’m only into animal welfare and health. I’ve been with the Morris Animal Foundationsince the ’70s. We’re a health organization. We fund campaign health studies for dogs, cats, lizards and wildlife. I’ve worked with the L.A. Zoo for about the same length of time.”
“If everyone took personal responsibility for their animals, we wouldn’t have a lot of the animal problems that we do. I’m a big spay-and-neuter supporter. Don’t have babies if you’re not going to take care of those babies. We don’t need more. We just need to take care of the ones we have. Take responsibility and breathe kindness.”
“I’m not a big cook. I only go in the kitchen to feed my dog.”
“I don’t care who anybody sleeps with. If a couple has been together all that time — and there are gay relationships that are more solid than some heterosexual ones — I think it’s fine if they want to get married. I don’t know how people can get so anti-something.”
“I just make it my business to get along with people so I can have fun. It’s that simple.”
“Well, I mean, if a joke or humor is bawdy, it’s got to be funny enough to warrant it. You can’t just have it bawdy or dirty just for the sake of being that — it’s got to be funny.”
“Animal lover that I am, a cougar I am not.”
“I’m the luckiest broad on two feet, I’ll tell you that. They say once a woman passes 40 she doesn’t get any good parts, so I’m blessed.”
“I cannot stand the people who get wonderful starts in show business and who abuse it. Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen, for example, although there are plenty of others, too. They are the most blessed people in the world, and they don’t appreciate it.”
“I have no regrets at all. None. I consider myself to be the luckiest old broad on two feet.”
Pass this on and wish her a happy birthday.