Betty White Lays Out the Two Things She Credits With Making it to 95 Years Old

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At 95, Betty White is showing few signs of slowing down. How did she make it almost a full century with the stamina to keep performing? She thinks she knows. The answer, she believes, is vodka and hot dogs. White is known for her sense of humor, and ability to keep a straight face, but this doesn’t seem to be entirely a joke.

White gave an interview to Parade magazine recently, in which she claims a love of vodka and hot dogs, “probably in that order,” is why she’s still alive and well at 95, and still working.

White will be 96 late this month.

“Enjoy life. 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 said.

“I know it sounds corny, but I try to see the funny side and the upside, not the downside. I get bored with people who complain about this or that. It’s such a waste of time.”

White began her career on screen more than 70 years ago.

“Do your work, learn your lines and come in prepared,” she said. “Don’t think you can wing it, because you can’t. We’re in show business, which is fun, but take your business seriously, because it is a serious business.”

So hot dogs and vodka. Hard work and a good attitude help, too.