Betty White ''Waiting for Robert Redford to Call'' on 97th Birthday

Betty White ''Waiting for Robert Redford to Call'' on 97th Birthday

The beloved actress' rep tells ET that White will play a couple of hands of Gin Rummy on her birthday - which she's very good at! - and in the evening, will play poker with a group of friends that she's been playing with for decades.

"Little did I dream then that I would be here, and it's incredible that I'm still in this business", White said while being honored at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards to a standing ovation previous year, before tongue-in-cheek adding, "And you are still putting up with me".

She starred on "Life with Elizabeth" in the 1950s and kept up her popularity as a TV personality through multiple appearances on talk shows, game shows and variety shows, as her biography explains.

Echoing a World War II era song by Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen, she said: 'Accentuate the positive, not the negative. "It's such a waste of time".

ET later spoke to Redford about her longtime crush on him.

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"Retirement is not in my vocabulary. I wish they did that at home!" I'm the same Betty that I've always been.

"Don't try to be young". "Stay interested in stuff. That's the thing I'm most grateful for - that I still get asked for jobs".

The Daily Telegraph reports that White stepped out on the town yesterday, dressed to the nines, "The Golden Girls icon, still platinum blonde at 96, rounded off the ensemble with a pair of blue slacks and simple navy flats". "Little did I dream that I would be here and it's incredible that I'm still in this business, that you're putting up with me. If I were lying about my age, I would say I was 89".

Numerous actresses fans took to Twitter to send her birthday wishes.

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