Entertainment TV Betty White Reveals Her Secrets to a Happy Life at 100: 'I'm So Lucky to Be in Such Good Health' Betty White's longtime friend Carol Burnett and her The Proposal costars Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds and Mary Steenburgen also tell PEOPLE about their experiences with the "very funny" actress By Liz McNeil and Dory Jackson Dory Jackson Instagram Twitter Website Dory Jackson is an Associate Editor for PEOPLE's digital TV team. While at the brand, she's had the opportunity to interview a long list of celebrities, from Kate Hudson to Pierce Brosnan to Billy Porter. She also recaps popular TV shows like The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules.The New York-based Maryland native graduated from Randolph-Macon College in May 2016 with a focus in Communication Studies and Journalism. She came to PEOPLE in March 2021 after working at a number of major news companies, including Newsweek and Us Weekly. She also previously co-hosted a podcast called "Idol Nation." People Editorial Guidelines Published on December 28, 2021 08:00 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Betty White. Photo: Vincent Sandoval/WireImage Betty White has, sadly, died since the publication of this article, her rep confirmed to PEOPLE on Dec. 31, 2021. The beloved actress, who participated in this interview with PEOPLE just a few weeks before her death, was 99. Betty White is gearing up to celebrate her centennial birthday on Jan. 17! In this week's cover story, White tells PEOPLE exclusively how she feels about turning 100 years old. "I'm so lucky to be in such good health and feel so good at this age," says the veteran actress. "It's amazing." According to White, being "born a cockeyed optimist" is the key to her upbeat nature. "I got it from my mom, and that never changed," she says. "I always find the positive." As for her diet, White jokes: "I try to avoid anything green. I think it's working." Betty White and her dog Stormy. Bettmann Archive/Getty Betty White Invites Fans to Celebrate Her 100th Birthday with Star-Studded Movie Event MPTV White has had a dream career in Hollywood. She had unforgettable roles on The Golden Girls and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Later in her career, she had iconic parts on Hot in Cleveland and in the 2009 film The Proposal. Nowadays, White enjoys a quiet life in Los Angeles playing crossword puzzles and card games. She also likes to watch animal documentaries, Jeopardy! and sports, particularly golf. White, who is a longtime animal welfare advocate, is also a longtime supporter of the Wildlife Learning Center, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Actors and Others for Animals. And her golden legacy still lives on. As part of PEOPLE's cover story, White's famous friends share their experiences with the "very funny" actress. "She'd come on my show, [The Carol Burnett Show], and if there was a tinge of risqué humor in one of our sketches, she'd roll with it and make it even funnier and add a little wink to show that she was thinking of something sexy," says Carol Burnett. "She's not a stand-up. She's not a jokester. It's the way she can twist a line to get a laugh." For more on PEOPLE's cover story interview with Betty White and other top stories, listen below to our daily podcast PEOPLE Every Day. White's The Proposal castmates Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds and Mary Steenburgen have nothing but praise for her as well. "Timing isn't easy in comedy, because you have to navigate other people's timing. Betty pivots like I have never seen, making it look seamless," Bullock, 57, says. "The rest of us just remain silent and pray we're not cut out of the scene." Bullock also says she hopes White embraces 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." Betty White's Life in Photos Touchstone/Kobal/Shutterstock Meanwhile, Reynolds, who has been a fan of White's "for as long as I can remember," says, "I heard that scripts for Golden Girls were only 35 pages, which makes sense because so many of the laughs come from Betty simply looking at her castmates." Steenburgen, 68, says White "puts out so much light into the world," but the TV legend "loves to throw her little F-bombs around and does it with this beautifully dimpled smile." Steenburgen's husband Ted Danson, who works alongside White to support ocean conservation, says he even takes lessons from the star on "how to live." "It's not like she's just a bubbly, joyful person. She wakes up every day and chooses to be that way," The Good Place alum, 68, adds. "I think she leads a very purposeful life." White's longtime agent and friend, Jeff Witjas, also tells PEOPLE, "Betty lives a life of happiness. She always thinks of others first, and she stays positive no matter what, even when I beat her at our favorite game of gin rummy!"