Betty White Turns 99 and Fans Are Celebrating With Heartfelt Tributes

Happy birthday, Betty White! The iconic actress turned 99 on Sunday, and was flooded with messages of love and appreciation from her famous friends and fans on social media.

The celebrated star — whose entertainment career began in 1939, near the dawn of television itself — has been a part of many beloved TV shows and movies throughout her eight-decades in showbusiness and has amassed countless close friends as a result.

Many of her colleagues took to Twitter and Instagram to commemorate the comedy icon and honor her incomparable legacy — including her fellow Mary Tyler Moore Show co-star Ed Asner.

“I still get warm when I see this look,” Asner tweeted, alongside a screenshot from their time together on the beloved sitcom in the mid-1970s. “Happy 99 baby.  You are a testament to living life on your own terms.  Sending you a great big socially distanced kiss. I love you @BettyMWhite.”

I still get warm when I see this look. Happy 99 baby. You are a testament to living life on your own terms. Sending you a great big socially distanced kiss. I love you @BettyMWhitepic.twitter.com/DWM9tTthIm

Craig Ferguson — who has long been an outspoken fan and admirer of the actress, and has worked beside her in an episode of Hot In Cleveland and had her as a guest on The Late Late Show many times — paid tribute as well with a photo of them sitting side-by-side on set.

“Happy birthday to my pal @BettyMWhite,” Ferguson wrote. “The sweetest, dearest kindest and funniest person I’ve ever had the good fortune to work with. #HappyBirthdayBettyWhite.”

Happy birthday to my pal @BettyMWhite The sweetest, dearest kindest and funniest person I’ve ever had the good fortune to work with. #HappyBirthdayBettyWhitepic.twitter.com/q3dx41UQMU

Check out all the other celebratory posts commemorating White’s 99th birthday below:

“Why do people say, ‘Grow some balls?’ Balls are weak and sensitive. If you wanna be tough, grow a vagina. Those things can take a pounding!”😂
-Betty White

She is my spirit animal. ❤️
Happy 99th birthday, QUEEN!!👑🎂🎉🎈🎊🥰❤️🥳 pic.twitter.com/XTXRHRuQI7

Celebrating Betty White’s 99th birthday with this throwback.. #IconsOnly!! pic.twitter.com/kjd6NAOaK1

HAPPY 99th Birthday, Betty White! pic.twitter.com/pvP8BEx1fX

Wishing the incomparable Betty White a very happy 99th birthday! 🥳 What's your favorite Betty White role, friends? pic.twitter.com/vUfzO7BiiE

"Butterflies are like women – We may be delicate but we can fly through a hurricane" -Betty White
Today is the day a giant was born. Happy Worthday @BettyMWhitepic.twitter.com/oWD3gyC1Cu

Today both @BettyMWhite and #JamesEarlJones are celebrating birthdays?! How is it not a national holiday?

Betty White once said to @KaitlinOlson and I: “What a beautiful family. The kids are fine but what WONDERFUL dogs!” We love you Betty! Happy Birthday!!!! pic.twitter.com/qZ7F6YkRD1

Happy birthday, @BettyMWhite! You’re a miracle in every way.

Betty White bloopers are the best bloopers 🥰 #HappyBirthdayBettyWhitehttps://t.co/jzm2g1Ydmc

.cc: ⁦@BarryMotivates⁩ Here you go… with Betty White and Vic Tayback pic.twitter.com/TeTyPB0D7Z

Shout out to the amazing ladies, @MichelleObama & #BettyWhite celebrating another turn around the sun today! We are so lucky that you both light the way, in so many ways!
Keep shining! #happybirthdayMichelleObama#HappyBirthdayBettyWhitepic.twitter.com/5vhw3tewW5

Happy birthday to the late #MohammadAli, @MichelleObama, and #BettyWhite (99 years young today!).

Each is a leader and an inspiration who inspire us all to work toward our dreams and never give up.

@BettyMWhite 🎂🎉🎁🎈🎊🪅🥂🍾9️⃣9️⃣❗️ Onward to 💯❗️

Happy 99th Birthday to the fabulous ⁦@BettyMWhite⁩ – a proper star, on & off screen. pic.twitter.com/VZvlkVdKOb

This year, White is celebrating her birthday in quarantine, like so many others, to stay safe. The actress shared an update with ET last Tuesday on how she’s planning to celebrate the milestone mid-pandemic.

“You probably didn’t ask, but I’ll tell you anyway,” White teased. “What am I doing for my birthday? Running a mile each morning has been curtailed by COVID, so I am working on getting The Pet Set re-released, and feeding the two ducks who come to visit me every day.”

The Pet Set, of course, is White’s syndicated show from the 1970s, which tapped into her lifelong love of animals, spotlighting celebrities like Carol Burnett, Mary Tyler Moore, Doris Day, James Stewart, Burt Reynolds and more — as well as their furry friends: “dogs, cats, birds and horses – in addition to a wide range of wild animals including tigers, bears, elephants, lions, wolves, gorillas, cougars, seals, kangaroos, zebras and eagles – both in the studio and on location.”

The series was produced by White’s late husband, Allen Ludden, and will be released on DVD and streaming platforms by MPI Media Group on Feb. 23, to commemorate the show’s 50th anniversary.

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