Betty White’s final interview before her death reveals that she did not think her passing was close.
The 99-year-old veteran actress – who worked in the TV and movie industry for eight decades – passed away on Friday at her home, her representatives confirmed today.
The sad news came just weeks before she was set to celebrate her milestone 100th birthday on January 17.
And in preparation for the showbiz world to mark the special occasion, she took part in an interview with PEOPLE magazine where she told that she was looking forward to reaching triple figures and declared she was “in good health.”
When quizzed on turning 100, the Golden Girls star told the US outlet: “I’m so lucky to be in such good health and feel so good at this age, it’s amazing.”
Happy-go-lucky Betty – who pickled up the Lifetime Achievement Award the Daytime Emmy Awards in 2015 – also shared that her optimism kept her upbeat and told hoe she ‘always finds the positive’ in every situation.
She also playfully joked about her diet as she continued: “I try to avoid anything green. I think it’s working.”
In 2018, Betty spoke to Parade as she prepared for her 95th birthday and explained that she loves hotdogs and vodka.
When asked what was her key to happiness, she shared: “Enjoy life.
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“Accentuate the positive, not the negative. It sounds so trite, but a lot of people will pick out something to complain about, rather than say, ‘Hey, that was great!’ It’s not hard to find great stuff if you look.”
Betty was married three times to Dick Barker, Lane Allen and Allen Ludden.
Her true love was her third husband, Allen, and the duo were married for almost 18 years until he died in 1981.
The star met Ludden in 1961 while she was a guest on his game show, Password. They went on to tie the knot in 1963.
In her autobiography, If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t), Betty gushed about her marriage with Ludden and explained why she decided to never remarry when he passed.
She said they had a lovely union and that it would be “impossible” to ever commit to someone else “completely.”
Betty shot to fame on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Golden Girls and most recently starred in Hot in Cleveland, Off Their Rockers and had appearances on shows like Crowded, Bones and Young & Hungry.
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