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How we love thee, Betty White. Let us count the ways

Happy 98th birthday, Betty!

By Francisco Guzman, CNN

Published January 17, 2020

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1. Her longevity

She's been in show business for over 80 years. That's the Guinness World Record for longest TV career for a female entertainer. It's the longevity that we stan.

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2. Her confidence

"I may be a senior, but so what, I’m still hot."

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“I’m Still Hot” music video

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3. "The Golden Girls" days

Who has analogies better than Rose Nylund? I'll wait… Some may call her a wordsmith. Who knows how she didn’t break character every scene.

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4. She makes 90s look like the new 20s

Who can pull off as much as White has in her late 90s? I can’t think of anyone, either…

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5. "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"

White plays Sue Ann Nivens, the character who has two different personalities on and off work. Relatable? You tell me…

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6. She shatters records

Oldest host in Saturday Night Live history! What can't she do?

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7. Sitcom on sitcoms

Playing the character Elka Ostrovosky -- a caretaking widow in her late 80s -- she continues her run of comedy gold in “Hot in Cleveland.”

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8. "The Proposal"

A new generation discovers White, as she makes a "comeback" to mainstream Hollywood in the 2009 film. Her chemistry with Sandra Bullock is a must watch.

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9. Appearances on "That '70s Show"

Appearing as Eric Forman's grandmother, White plays the loud, passive aggressive Bea Sigurdson. Every scene has you in tears.

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10. She stands her ground

White turned down a role in the 1997 film, "As Good as it Gets," objecting to a scene where a dog is thrown down a laundry chute.

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11. Her quotables

"Retirement is not in my vocabulary. They aren't going to get rid of me that way."

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USA Today interview

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