EXCLUSIVE: Betty White Turns 95! Here Are Some of Her Greatest Moments With ET
By Raphael Chestang
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Tuesday marks Betty White's 95th birthday, and ET is celebrating the milestone by looking back at some of the most special moments we've shared with the Hollywood icon.
White has been famous longer than most people have been alive, and she's been on television for almost as long as the invention has existed, but last month, she revealed to ET's Kevin Frazier one thing she still hasn't done in her life.
"Robert Redford," White joked on the set of Freeform's Young & Hungry.
When Frazier brought up the possibility of arranging a meeting between the two, White turned shy.
"Oh no!" she said. "If I ever met him, I would faint."
With seven decades of show business experience under her belt, White has won five Primetime Emmy Awards, one GRAMMY, was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame and was appointed a Kentucky Colonel.
The legendary star ruled the '70s with her scene-stealing role as Sue Ann Nivens on Mary Tyler Moore and leveraged that popularity to launch The Betty White Show in 1977. She struck gold again in the '80s with parts on The Love Boat and the classic sitcom, The Golden Girls.
In 1988, ET visited White on The Golden Girls set, where she joked about where the show was headed.
"This season we are writing the other girls out and Rose is doing it," she kidded, referring to her beloved character on the successful series. "It's just going to be The Betty White Show. Sorry about that."
White has outlived all of her Golden Girls co-stars despite being the most senior member of the cast, but she's far from retirement. In fact, she seems willing to work for as long as people want to hire her.
"I never thought I would still be blessed with working," White told ET. "You just don't expect that. You think you fade off into the sunset. Well, the sun sets every night, but I just won't go away."
In her personal life, White was married three times. Her last husband, Allen Ludden, died of cancer in 1981. None of her marriages produced any children, which White explained was a conscious decision.
"I love children," White told ET. "The only problem with children is they grow up to be people, and I just like animals better than people. It's that simple."
Her passion for animals seems to be one of the things that has kept her so spry.
At age 66, our cameras rolled as she rode on top of an elephant with the help of fellow actress Tippi Hedren.
"I didn't expect this today," she admitted atop the elephant's back.
And as an animal activist, White had plenty to say about the killing of Zimbabwe's Cecil the Lion.
"[It shows] no appreciation of what it represents, what we're losing and how many species won't be here anymore," she told ET in 2015.