Betty White is a national treasure and should be protected at all costs.
At 97 years old, she holds the title for the longest television career of any female entertainer, which currently stands at 80 years. She’s recognized as a pioneer of television, as one of the first women to work both in front and behind the camera, and of course White’s known for her award-winning roles on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Golden Girls”.
After years of success and only one regret, the actress and comedienne sat down with Parade and shared some of her secrets to keeping sane in an insane world.
In the 1940s, when White first jumped into the business she encountered rejection after rejection. She was told she was “unphotogenic,” but that didn’t stop her.
“You just keep plugging away,” she told Parade. “You don’t give up.”
And plug away she did. Her perseverance led to an incredible 80-year career that covered television and film and multiple awards.
“I’ve been so spoiled rotten,” she said of her numerous accolades.
After eight decades of working in Hollywood, White has some advice for those who are just starting out.
“Do your work, learn your lines and come in prepared,” she said. “Don’t think you can wing it, because you can’t. We’re in show business, which is fun, but take your business seriously, because it is a serious business.”
Even though Betty White acknowledges that Hollywood is “serious business,” the self-proclaimed optimist has kept the same outlook on life for nearly her entire life.
“I know it sounds corny, but I try to see the funny side and the upside, not the downside,” White said. “I get bored with people who complain about this or that. It’s such a waste of time.”
“Enjoy life,” she said. “Accentuate the positive, not the negative” Betty White on how she’s survived life and 80 years in Hollywood. 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.”
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