The Hollywood legend Betty White is preparing to turn 99 later this month, and though she’s spent the past year on lockdown in her home due to the coronavirus pandemic, she’s been keeping herself as busy as ever.
“Betty is in good health and spirits,” White’s rep told US Weekly, adding that the actress “would like to interact with her friends but does not” due to social distancing guidelines. Despite this, the former “Golden Girls” star has found plenty of safe activities to fill her time.
“Crossword puzzles are no match for Betty,” her rep said. “She reads a number of newspapers, watches select television and gets a lot of exercise in her home walking up and down bedroom stairs.”
White is still working in Hollywood, most recently voicing characters in the 2019 animated films Toy Story 4 and Trouble. She also has a Christmas movie in the works with Lifetime that was announced back in May but had to be pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We’re all still dreaming of a white Christmas with Betty White — unfortunately we will have to wait until 2021,” Lifetime said in a statement back in September. “The movie is being pushed to next year due to COVID filming restrictions.”
White has not made a public appearance since September of 2018, when she took the stage at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards and was given a standing ovation.
“It’s incredible that I’m still in this business and you are still putting up with me,” White said at the time. “All I can say is it’s such a blessed business to be in and how lucky can I be and how much I say thank you to each and every one [of you].”
White is planning to keep things low-key when it comes to celebrating her 99th birthday on January 17.
“The pandemic won’t stop Betty from celebrating turning 99 years old,” an insider told Closer Weekly. “She’s planning a Zoom garden party with friends and a big chocolate birthday cake with candles. She’s always had a sweet tooth! She [also] asked for hotdogs and fries with ketchup.”
White usually “does something big” for her birthday, but that of course can’t happen this year because of coronavirus. Nevertheless, the actress plans to maintain a positive attitude on her birthday by spending time looking at the many “letters,” “birthday cards” and other “amazing gifts” that have been sent by her adoring fans.
“She’s [also] received handmade knitted scarves, ornaments and portraits they’ve painted,” the source added. “She feels so proud and blessed to have such a huge following and never takes her fans for granted!”