The legendary actress and comedienne is turning 93 on Jan. 17
, but she hasn't slowed down one bit. She's sharing her lifelong love of animals over the weekend in her Great American Country special Betty White's Smartest Animals in America
"Can you imagine being blessed at this age with still working at the career you love the best?" Betty asked ET's Nancy O'Dell. "By now they should be saying, 'Yes honey, you just stay in the rocker.'"
But there's no rocker for Betty. She's still living life on her own terms, as seen in her GAC special, airing on her birthday at 8 p.m. ET/PT. In it, she's seen with all kinds of animals, from dolphins to tigers.
While the five-time Primetime Emmy
winner has no children of her own (she lost her game-show host husband Allen Ludden to cancer almost 34 years ago), animals are her babies.
"I love children," Betty explained. "The only problem with children is they grow up to be people and I just like animals better than people. It's that simple."
Betty has now outlived all of her famous Golden Girls co-stars despite being the oldest in the cast, and we were with her when the cast of the Mary Tyler Moore show reunited in 1991. During their meeting, Betty seemed to be just as big a fan as anyone who grew up watching the show.
"It is heaven," Betty told ET. "I tell you, we all walked into the makeup trailer and we haven't stopped talking since. I cannot tell you the thrill it is to be back together!"
In a showbiz career that spans 70 years, Betty has written seven books and been nominated for 21 Primetime Emmys, two Daytime Emmys and four Golden Globes
. In 2013, she earned the Guinness World Record for being the woman with the longest television career. We've seen Betty do almost everything, but one thing we may never see her do is sit still.
"I never thought I would still be blessed with working at 92," Betty said. "You just don't expect that. You think you'll fade off into the sunset. Well, the sun sets every night, but I just won't go away