By Mike Pomranz | FoodAndWine.Com
Troy Warren for CNT #Foodie
The actress turns 100 next month.
Here’s a tip for all you soon-to-be-centenarians out there: If you want to make headlines, have a good answer locked and loaded for the secret to your longevity. Not something boring like love and happiness; something wild and fun. Examples that have worked in the past: a daily Guinness, Hershey’s chocolate, and Johnnie Walker. (Another tip: Plugging a specific brand is a good way to get free stuff!)
Of course, Betty White – who turns 100 on January 17 – doesn’t need any help making headlines. And clearly, the lifelong actress knows a thing or two about entertaining answers for interviews. So what was White’s response when People recently asked about her dietary regimen at 99 years old? “I try to avoid anything green,” she joked. “I think it’s working.”
That’s not to say White didn’t also have a slightly more straightforward answer up her sleeve: “I always find the positive,” she also told the magazine.
However, it may have been fellow actress Sandra Bullock – who worked with White in the move The Proposal – that spilled the beans on one of White’s other big secrets to making it to 100. Bullock told People that she hoped White would celebrate her birthday “the same way she has celebrated every day of her life with humor, kindness and a vodka on ice, toasting to the fact that she’s a badass who has left us all in the dust.”
Does this imply that White enjoys a daily tipple? It’s hard to say. Bullock might just be playing up the humor. And yet, in 2018, White told Parade that she had a love of vodka and hot dogs, “probably in that order.” And in 2020, an unnamed friend (ostensibly not Sandra Bullock) told Closer Weekly, “Betty loves to joke that vodka keeps her young” – though the friend later added that White’s “not really a big drinker.”
Still, a regular drink has worked for Queen Elizabeth II – who turns 96 in April (despite recently being told to cut back). And another thing worth noting: Vodka definitely isn’t green.