Betty White Says These Life Rules Got Her To 100 Years Old

American TV and movie icon Betty White will celebrate her 100th birthday in January 2022, according to Britannica, reaching a longevity milestone that almost perfectly caps off her impressively-long life and career. Though these days her career seems mostly to consist of "being Betty White," as People reports, the actress is something of a pop culture icon in the 21st century. As Yahoo notes, she occupies a similar niche in internet culture to cats: she's a source of memes (and quotes). She's one of those individuals who just sort of inexplicably makes up the fabric of the internet.

Obviously part of Betty White's mystique is her impressive longevity, both in her career and in her life in general. Few women in the entertainment industry from her generation are still alive, much less still entertaining. And in December 2022, the Illinois-born actress revealed the "secrets" that have kept her going for all of these decades.

Betty White has an interesting diet

There's absolutely zero doubt that your diet can play a role in how long you live, and in how healthy you are (and feel). Speaking to People in December 2021, White revealed her dietary secret to her longevity, possibly with tongue planted firmly in cheek, doling out a factoid that would make any modern nutritionist wince. "I try to avoid anything green. I think it's working."

Elsewhere in the interview, White and her colleagues also spoke of some of the actress' character traits, some of which may or may not have contributed to her longevity. White herself said she was "born a cockeyed optimist," a trait she said she inherited from her mother. Meanwhile, her friend Sandra Bullock noted the reckless abandon with which White always lived her life: "She has celebrated every day of her life with humor, kindness and a vodka on ice, toasting to the fact that she's a badass who has left us all in the dust."