Betty White looks sprightly as ever as she steps out for a stroll ahead of her 97th birthday

She celebrates her 97th birthday on Thursday.

And one day earlier, Betty White looked chipper as ever as she stepped out for a stroll in sunny Los Angeles, arm in arm with a gentleman in a suit.

Betty, who was born the same year as Judy Garland and Ava Gardner, wore a sky blue Patagonia anorak over a floral open shirt and a simple white tee.
The Golden Girls icon, still platinum blonde at 96, rounded off the ensemble with a pair of blue slacks and simple navy flats.

Betty, who has been a TV star since the dawn of the medium, took the pioneering role of helping produce her 1950s sitcom Life With Elizabeth.
Yet she is most famous for starring in the beloved seven-season sitcom The Golden Girls alongside Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty.

Betty, Bea and Rue respectively played Rose, Dorothy and Blanche, three friends in their twilight years living with Dorothy’s mother Sophia, played by Estelle.
Despite having been the oldest of the four main cast members, Betty is the last one still living after Rue died at the age of 76 in 2010.

Last year, ahead of her 96th birthday, the star told Parade magazine the secret to longevity was to ‘Enjoy life.’

Echoing a World War II era song by Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen, she said: ‘Accentuate the positive, not the negative.
‘It sounds so trite, but a lot of people will pick out something to complain about, rather than say: “Hey, that was great!”‘ It’s not hard to find great stuff if you look.’

She has remained busy well into her 90s, starring from 2012 until 2014 on the prank show Betty White’s Off Their Rockers where the elderly played tricks on the young.

Carl Reiner, who is about two months younger than Betty, starred in a 2017 documentary featuring her called If You’re Not In The Obit, Eat Breakfast.

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