Parade: Celebrity

Friday, Nov 16 2012 02:00 PM

Betty White: 'I'm the Luckiest Old Broad on Two Feet'

By Parade Magazine
Over the course of her seven decades-long career, Betty White has entertained audiences with memorable roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Golden Girls, and most recently, Hot in Cleveland. But the role nearest and dearest to the star’s heart is that of animal lover.

For nearly 40 years, White has served as a trustee of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, and she's been a devoted advocate for animal rights. Now, White, 90, is partnering with HomeAgain Pet Recovery Service to shed light on an initiative that is often overlooked.

“It's a little known fact that one-in-three family pets gets lost during its lifetime, and approximately 9 million pets enter shelters each year,” White tells PARADE. “That’s why it’s a wonderful thing to get your pet microchipped and registetered with your contact information because then they can be located and the owners can track where their pets are.”

The actress has even gotten her beloved dog, Pontiac, microchipped and registered with HomeAgain.

“He doesn't get very far away from me because the two of us are kind of locked at the hip, but let's say a door gets left open or there's a hole in the fence in the backyard, I want to be able to find that baby again as soon as possible," she says.

Have you always been an animal lover?
“Yes. It comes from the womb. My mother and dad were big animal lovers, too. I just don't know how I would have lived without animals around me. I'm fascinated by them — both domestic pets and the wild community. They just are the most interesting things in the world to me, and it's made such a difference in my lifetime.”

Season four of Hot in Cleveland premieres Nov. 28 on TV Land. Are you looking forward to reuniting with the ladies of Cleveland?
Hot in Cleveland is such a joy. I'm the luckiest old broad on two feet because I had the privilege of working with the Mary Tyler Moore group, and then I had the privilege of working with the Golden Girls group, and now I've got another group of wonderful people to work with. One of those in a lifetime is a blessing, two is unusual, but to have it happen three times in your lifetime, how lucky can you be? We all adore each other. We miss each other when we're not working together.”

What’s the secret to staying so vibrant at 90?
"I'm blessed with good health — that's the bottom line. That is a tremendous blessing. I'm still able to work at what I love to do, and I still get asked to work at what I love to do, and that is such a privilege at 90-years-old. You don't expect to still be able to do that."

You received an Emmy nomination for hosting Betty White’s Off Their Rockers. How much fun is it to host that show?
"I think it's kind of silly, but it's fun to do, and the public keeps a sense of humor about it. It's not the most intellectual show, but we do have a good time!"

Are you much of a prankster in real life?
“I kid around a lot, but pranks are not my best strength!”

You’re one of Hollywood’s busiest stars, but how do you like to spend your free time?
“At home with my beautiful golden retriever, Pontiac. He's seven-years-old and he's my heart. I just enjoy being home with him, and catching up on my reading, and answering mail.”

Check out a special video message from Betty White about the importance of HomeAgain pet microchips, and click here to find out more about HomeAgain Pet Recovery Service.




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