Happy 95th Birthday Betty White! Watch the Exclusive Interview with Katie Couric
Television icon Betty White only gets better with age. The Golden Girls star turns 95 today, January 17. Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric met up with White in Los Angeles, CA to talk about celebrating her 95th birthday, her storied career, whether she would want to participate in a reboot of The Golden Girls and more.
Watch the full interview on Yahoo: https://yhoo.it/2jTzFCj Highlights of the interview follow:
Celebrating her 95th Birthday - "95. I can't believe it. Nope. No, seriously, I can't. I keep thinking, Betty you're 95 years old. I'm so blessed with good health and faculties and I've got memories and all that. You can't really expect that at 95. I am the luckiest old broad on two feet."
Her thoughts on a Golden Girls reboot and almost playing Blanche instead of Rose - "I'd want to do it. I'm sure at 95, I'm sure they'd want me...Yes, yes, but then all of a sudden Rose came up and I loved her because she was so innocent. Not the brightest nickel in the drawer, but she was fun to do." https://yhoo.it/2juHaCv
Her love of animals and her thoughts on the Ringling Bros. Circus closing - "All my life. All my life...I stay in show business, to pay for my animal business. It's that simple...it's just a soul consciousness. It's been that way since, I think in the womb. They just fascinate me and I adore them. I love to touch them. I love to hold them. I love to see them. They just comfort me...Well I think it's how animals are treated when they're used. You have to weigh it on both sides. Because there are a lot of little kids that grow up knowing and loving animals because of the animals they see let's say at the circus or the zoo, or whatever. Zoos I think are terribly important, because without zoos we would have lost so many species. We've already lost a lot. But, we would have lost so many more. But, zoos helping in understand internationally between countries. Where you've got these, you got to take care of them. We've got these, we'll take care of these, but then let's learn from each other." https://yhoo.it/2iwO4aZ
Her reaction to the GoFundMe campaign to save her from 2016 - "Oh, no. How would they perpetuate me by, with money? Oh, everybody takes such...they spoil me rotten, really, it's terrible and I enjoy every minute of it and make the most of it." https://yhoo.it/2jTCuTI
The state of the country right now and staying positive - "It's very divided and we're not in the best place that we've ever been, but I think that's the time to buckle down and really work positively as much as you can. Instead of just saying, 'this is terrible,' 'oh, he's terrible.' Just think all right, there is nothing I can do about that right now, but I can do the best in my little circle. So if I do that, maybe you'll do your best and we'll get through this." Whether things feel toxic right now - "It does, it really does and so many people think negatively. It's like, 'oh, you know what I hate?' 'Oh, I hate this.' Instead of all right, 'I'll get through this.' 'But you know what I love,' then all of a sudden you'll start lifting up a little bit, but if you start with, 'you know what I hate', you're going to go right down the tubes. I know it sounds boring, but I'm a positive thinker. I am a cockeyed optimist. And that's why I've stayed happy all of my life. You gotta get through it and you can't change it. So let's just one foot in front of other and get through it." [CLIP] Betty White talks division in America and staying positive
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