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Betty White, who turns 99, says looking at the bright side keeps her young

"Golden Girls" star Betty White will celebrate her

"Golden Girls" star Betty White will celebrate her 99th birthday quietly on Sunday. Credit: Getty Images / Jason Merritt

Betty White turns 99 on Sunday, and the "Golden Girls" star has a golden rule that has kept her feeling young: She always looks on the bright side of life.

"I don't like the other side," the multi-Emmy-winning actress told People magazine in its latest issue. "The positive side is a lot more fun."

White also said she has been "blessed with good health … so turning 99 is no different than turning 98."

Having a good sense of humor has been another key to living longer she said: "Don't take yourself too seriously. You can lie to others — not that I would — but you cannot lie to yourself."

Certainly White's sense of humor has been on wide display throughout a seven-decade career in which she has established herself as one of television's premiere comic actors in sitcoms like "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Golden Girls" and "Hot in Cleveland." She also reigned as queen of the game shows from the 1950s into the '90s with regular appearances on dozen of series, especially "Match Game," "The $100,000 Pyramid" and "Password," which was hosted by her third husband, Allen Ludden, who died in 1981. In 2016, she appeared as a panelist on ABC's revival of "To Tell the Truth."

White is also as an avid animal lover and has served as a trustee for the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association. She also hosted the 1971 series "The Pet Set," in which she played host to celebrities and their pets, and covered topics including wildlife preservation and pet care. (The series is being released on DVD on Feb. 23.)

In 2010, at the age of 88, White fulfilled a lifelong dream when she was made an honorary forest ranger by the U.S. Forest Service. Ever since she was a child growing up in Oak Park, Illinois, White had wanted to become a ranger, but was told women were not allowed in that job.

Her 99th birthday will be celebrated quietly due to the coronavirus pandemic, White told People, but she's looking forward to "visiting with close friends and bringing food to my animal friends" once life returns to normal.

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