The comic – who takes over E! this week to mark her 80th birthday – says the legendary actress is her idol

By Kristen Mascia
June 13, 2013 03:30 PM
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She tapes two TV shows, designs a QVC fashion line, stars in a web series – and a whole lot more.

So how does newly-minted octogenarian Joan Rivers – a.k.a. the workhorse comedienne with legendary stamina – keep her eyes on the prize?

Two words: Betty White.

“If that’s 90, where do I sign?” says the Fashion Police host of the 91-year-old actress.

For Rivers – who turned 80 on June 8 and took over the E! channel this week to mark the occasion – White is an inspiration. “I did her show, Hot in Cleveland. She knew all her lines, was running all around. After that, I thought, 80 is nothing!”

“I feel 25 [or] 35,” adds Rivers. “I take the stairs. Everything is working. I perform, make people happy, get a check. What could be nicer?”

Due to the unexpected passing of Rivers’s sister, Barbara Waxler, on June 3, Rivers’s daughter, Melissa, postponed a star-studded surprise fete.

Now they’re drawing up save the date cards for her 85th in June 2018.

“I don’t like surprises, but when I saw the guest list, I was touched,” says Rivers. “The 85th will be great.”