Compared to my 96-year-old great grandmother, Betty White is more reminiscent of some 50-year-olds I know than most of her contemporaries. She turned 90 in January, and along with all the wisdom that can come from a woman of her stature, she also holds seven Emmy Awards. Her popularity has had a bit of a revival in recent years, but she’s never faded from being one of the most talented comedians of our time.
You’d expect someone at her age to be retired, maybe knitting, and getting some much deserved R&R from a lengthy career, and life. But not Betty. No, she’s too busy working still. With a few TV projects going on seemingly concurrently, the one she’s getting the most buzz for is Off Their Rockers, returning to NBC on April 4. She told us she was presented with the idea for the senior citizen prank show after seeing a popular version in Europe. She said, “I don’t have the power to say no, I like what I do too much.”
And in that sentence you understand the secret to her ability to seemingly not age. “I’m 90 years old and I just don’t go away,” she quipped, and we’re glad she won’t. She told us that she’s “blessed with good health” and that she inherited good genes. It’s her love of this industry and her work that keeps her going, and that makes her “happy as a lark.” (more…)