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Commentary: ‘Golden Girl’ Betty White still shimmering after 90 years

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Let me start off by saying I love Betty White.

This “Golden Girl” has made her way into the hearts of thousands, if not millions. She has been in the business for more than 65 years and is still going strong after turning 90 Tuesday. Since her comeback, tipped off by hosting “Saturday Night Live,” she has starred in multiple films and TV shows along with hosting a new “Candid Camera”-style show that features the elderly pulling pranks on younger people and was voted “Entertainer of the Year” in 2010 by the Associated Press.

Is there anything this woman can’t do?

The answer seems to be no, especially after NBC aired a birthday special for White Monday, garnering 13.9 million viewers, according to deadline.com.

White is a national icon and has become known as “America’s Golden Girl.”

She is not only a comedic actress, but she is also an activist and author. White has devoted her life to the rights of animals and was made an honorary forest ranger by the U.S. Forest Service in 2010.

I have been a fan of this amazing woman since I was a kid watching “The Golden Girls” reruns. I tune in every chance I get to watch her newest series, “Hot In Cleveland,” and for me, she makes the show. And now I have another show to add to my White queue: her new show, “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers.”

In her book, “If You Ask Me: (And Of Course You Won’t),” White said her comedic genius comes from her parents. She said her understanding of what makes something funny came from sitting around the dinner table. She was able to understand what she calls the “pause,” which is the timing of a joke.

She has tickled America’s soul. She is living proof that one’s heart never grows old — you can be as young as you want to be. I hope to take that lesson from White.

White has had a Hollywood career that makes some envious. From her well-known role as Rose Nylund in “The Golden Girls” to voices in cartoons such as “King Of The Hill” and the new Dr. Seuss movie set to come out in March, “The Lorax,” it seems as though White can and has done it all.

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