Betty White turns 97, is still ‘waiting for Robert Redford to call'

Better than ever! Betty White is doing fabulously well on her 97th birthday.

“Betty is feeing great,” the Emmy winner’s rep exclusively told Us Weekly on Thursday, January 17, the beloved star’s birthday, adding that the actress “still loves to work and offers keep coming in.”

When she’s not acting, White enjoys hanging out with close pals. “In [the] evening, Betty is playing poker with friends that she has played with for decades,” the Golden Girls alum’s rep added to Us. As for her birthday wish? “[Betty is] waiting for Robert Redford to call!”

The iconic actress hasn’t slowed down with age. In September 2018, she received a standing ovation while being honored at the Emmy Awards.

“Thank you. I’m just gonna quit while I’m ahead,” she teased. “Little did I dream that I would be here and it’s incredible that I’m still in this business, that you’re putting up with me. I’m thanking you. It’s incredible that you can stay with a career this long and still have people put up with you. I wish they did that at home!”

See photos of Betty White from throughout her life:

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circa 1955: Promotional studio portrait of American actor Betty White smiling and wearing a patterned dress with a heart-shaped brooch. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
A headshot portrait of American actor Betty White wearing a veiled hat, circa 1955. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
BETTY WHITE -- Pictured: Actress Betty White at home c. 1954 -- (Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BETTY WHITE -- Pictured: Actress Betty White at home c. 1954 -- (Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE BETTY WHITE SHOW - 'Misc. Prints' - Airdate March 8, 1958. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) BETTY WHITE
THE BETTY WHITE SHOW - 'Betty White Fashion Gallery' - Airdate March 1, 1958. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) BETTY WHITE
DATE WITH THE ANGELS - 'Diane' - Airdate November 1, 1957. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) BILL WILLIAMS;BETTY WHITE
DATE WITH THE ANGELS - 'Misc. Color' - Airdate September 22, 1957. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) BETTY WHITE
DATE WITH THE ANGELS - 'Misc. Color' - Airdate September 22, 1957. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) BETTY WHITE
DATE WITH THE ANGELS - Betty White & Bill Williams Sailing Date - Aired on September 6, 1957. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) BETTY WHITE
DATE WITH THE ANGELS - 'Gallery- Betty White, Bill Williams' - Airdate June 1, 1957. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) BILL WILLIAMS;BETTY WHITE
75TH ANNUAL TOURNAMENT OF ROSES PARADE -- Pictured: Host Betty White -- (Photo by: Herb Ball/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 20: Portrait of Betty White. She is regular celebrity guest on the game show Password. Portraits and at CBS Radio microphone. Image dated June 20, 1967. New York, NY. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
BETTY WHITE -- Pictured: Actress Betty White -- Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
PASSWORD - Ludden At Home Layout - Shoot Date: February 14, 1972. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) ALLEN LUDDEN WITH WIFE BETTY WHITE
PASSWORD - Ludden At Home Layout - Shoot Date: February 14, 1972. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) ALLEN LUDDEN WITH WIFE BETTY WHITE
Betty White, US actress, smiling as she holds an Emmy Award, against a yellow background, USA, circa 1975. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Betty White and Ted Knight (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
MAMA'S FAMILY -- 'The Wedding: Part 1' Episode 3 -- Pictured: Betty White as Ellen Harper Jackson -- (Photo by: Gary Null/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Rudy Behlmer and Betty White during Betty White - File Photos - 1984 in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 29: THE GOLDEN GIRLS - 9/14/85 - 9/14/92, 'The Golden Girls' is one of only three sitcoms in which all the main actors won at least one Emmy Award. Rue McClanahan (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, 1987); Estelle Getty (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, 1988); Bea Arthur (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, 1988) and Betty White (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, 1986), (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Pasadena, Calif.: Betty White and Michael J. Fox pose with their Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress and Actor in a Comedy Series. White won for her role on the Golden Girls and Fox for his on Family Ties.
THE GOLDEN GIRLS -- 'Family Affair' Episode 7 -- Pictured: (l-r) Marilyn Jones as Bridget Nylund, Betty White as Rose Nylund, Scott Jacoby as Michael Zbornak (Photo by Alice S. Hall/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE GOLDEN GIRLS -- Season 4 -- Pictured: (clockwise from top left) Rue McClanahan as Blanche Devereaux, Bea Arthur as Dorothy Petrillo Zbornak, Betty White as Rose Nylund, Estelle Getty as Sophia Petrillo -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank
Actress Betty White attends Night of 100 Stars Gala on May 5, 1990 at the New York Hilton Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Betty White attends 'Under The Harvest Moon' Benefit for Tree People on October 6, 1990 at Coldwater Canyon, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 17: Betty White (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Actress Betty White attends the opening of 'Sunset Bouldevard' on December 9, 1993 at the Shubert Theater in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1995: MAYBE THIS TIME-- Marie Osmond, Betty White and Ashley Johnson star as three generations of women confronting life and love together, while running a small cafe, in MAYBE THIS TIME, a new comedy series premiering this fall on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Bonnie Schiffman/ABC via Getty Images)
Actor Kirk Cameron and actress Betty White attending NBC Taping of Bob Hpe Show on September 16, 1989 at NBC Studios in Burbank, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 2: (U.S. TABS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Actress Betty White arrives at the 'CBS At 75' celebration at the Hammerstein Ballroom November 2, 2003 in New York City. This special event commemorates CBS Network's 75th anniversary. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Betty White during The Golden Girls: Season 3 Signing at Barnes and Noble - November 22,2005 at Barnes and Noble - Chelsea in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/FilmMagic)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 3463 -- Pictured: Actress Betty White during the 'You Make the Call' segment on October 30, 2007 -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 25: UGLY BETTY - 'Bananas for Betty' - Henry reluctantly agrees to go on a double date with Betty and an unlikely couple -- Hilda and Gio. Meanwhile, Wilhelmina's attempt to change her image as the queen of mean fails miserably after she tangles with America's most beloved golden girl, on 'Ugly Betty,' THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Betty White appears as herself. (Photo by Dean Hendler/ABC via Getty Images)
Betty White during 34th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards - Arrivals at Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 30: Actress Betty White attends the Third Annual Jane Goodall Global Leadership Awards at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel on October 30, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Duffy-Marie Arnoult/WireImage)
TODAY -- Pictured: Betty White appears on NBC News' 'Today' show (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 5: Actress Betty White (L) and Delilah (R) pose during the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards 2013 held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Getty Images)
TO TELL THE TRUTH - 'Episode 103' - To Tell The Truth Episode 103 Tuesday, June 21 (10:00 11:00 p.m. ET) With Mike Tyson joining the panel, we have a knock out line up of talent that includes a seven-time lottery winner and the woman who was the original voice of Siri. If theres time, we might even squeeze in a wedding to someone who has been married more than forty times.(Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) BETTY WHITE, MIKE TYSON
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 12: Actress Betty White speaks at Paley Honors in Hollywood: A Gala Celebrating Women in Television at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on October 12, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
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White spoke about her successful career and good health in an interview with Parade magazine in January 2018. “I know it sounds corny, but I try to see the funny side and the upside, not the downside,” the Proposal star said at the time. “I get bored with people who complain about this or that. It’s such a waste of time. 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.”

The Hot in Cleveland alum shared her advice for up-and-coming actors too: “Do your work, learn your lines and come in prepared. Don’t think you can win it, because you can’t. We’re in show business, which is fun, but take your business seriously, because it is a serious business.”

White has worked with the best in the business, but she added to Parade that her dream costar is 82-year-old Redford. “That could be a very good idea,” she gushed.

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Actor Robert Redford in The Way We Were.
Robert Redford (left) as Sundance Kid and Paul Newman as Butch Cassidy in the 1969 western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. (Photo by �� John Springer Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Paul Newman as Henry Gondorff and Robert Redford as Johnny Hooker in the 1973 film The Sting. (Photo by �� John Springer Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actor Robert Redford on the set of Jeremiah Johnson based on the novel by Vardis Fisher and directed by Sydney Pollack. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American flm star Robert Redford at the Cannes Film Festival. (Photo by �� Miroslav Zaj��c/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actor, director and producer Robert Redford on the set of his movie Quiz Show based on the book by Richard N. Goodwin. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actor, director and producer Robert Redford. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actor Robert Redford and actress and singer Barbra Streisand on the set of The Way We Were directed by Sydney Pollack. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Robert Redford, moving into the director's chair for the first time, won the Oscar as Best Director for Ordinary People.
(Original Caption) : UNDATED-Robert Redford and Barbara Streisand share a scene in 'The Way We Were.' In 'Big Bad Wolves,' published by Pantheon Books, Joan Mellen writes that 'It is not only Gable who has seen his role in movies as one of perpetuating the image of male power. Robert Redford brings to the screen the same sensibility.' Redford and Streisand are shown embracing in this movie still. Movie released in 1973.
American actor Robert Redford on the set of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid directed by George Roy Hill. (Photo by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Actor Robert Redford. Redford wears a sweater with the letter 'W' on the front and a wide, white collar. ca. 1960's.
Robert Redford as presidential candidate Bill McKay in The Candidate (1972). (Photo by �� John Springer Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as Woodward and Bernstein, the reporters who broke the Watergate scandal, in All the President's Men.
(Original Caption) : REDFORD NARRATES SPECIAL; Actor and environmentalist Robert Redford is the off-camera narrator for 'The Predators,' the special examining the balance between predators and prey in the North American wilderness, to be colorcast on the NBC Television Network Thursday, May 19 (8-9 p.m., NYT). Ca. 1960s-1970s. Filed 4/22/1977.
Robert Redford Leaning on a Brick Wall (Photo by Herbert Dorfman/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actors Darryl Hannah and Robert Redford on the set of Legal Eagles written and directed by Ivan Reitman. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actor Robert Redford on the set of The Electric Horseman directed by Sydney Pollack. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actors Robert Redford and Meryl Streep on the set of Out of Africa based on the book by Karen Blixen and Judith Thurman, and directed by Sydney Pollack. | Location: Shaba National Game Reserve, Kenya. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actors Sidney Poitier and Robert Redford on the set of Sneakers written and directed by Phil Alden Robinson. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
British actor Ralp Fiennes (C), American actors John Turturro and Rob Morrow, surround actor, director and producer Robert Redford, on the set of his movie Quiz Show based on the book by Richard N. Goodwin. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actors Robert Redford and Jane Fonda on the set of The Electric Horseman directed by Sydney Pollack. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
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