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Happy 97th birthday, Betty White! The lovable TV legend was born on Jan. 17, 1922 --- making her older than slice bread and the red-yellow-green automatic traffic light.

The "Golden Girls" and "Hot in Cleveland" star is worth $75 million --- just below Pitbull ($80 million) and richer than Hillary Clinton ($45 million) and Prince William and Kate Middleton ($50 million combined).

How can you live long --- and large --- like Betty White? Here's how she does it, including her drink of choice.

She doesn't turn down jobs

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Betty White holds the Guinness record as the woman with the longest TV career.

Betty White's IMDb page features a staggering list of some 330 TV and movie roles and appearances stretching from 1945 to the present day.

She holds the Guinness record as the woman with the longest TV career.

"I just love to work, so I’ll keep working until they stop asking," she told, Parade magazine.

She takes work seriously

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Betty White tells young performers that they'd better learn their lines if they want to get anywhere.

The woman who had us ROFL as Rose Nylund on "The Golden Girls" and Sue Ann Nivens on the "Mary Tyler Moore" show says entertainment is fun, but it's also serious business.

She tells young performers: "Do your work, learn your lines and come in prepared. Don’t think you can wing it, because you can’t."

And don't get discouraged either. In her early days, White was routinely turned down as not photogenic enough. “You just keep plugging away. You don’t give up," she says.

She looks on the bright side

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Want to live a long and happy life? Betty White says you need to enjoy yourself!

Betty White says she has no patience for Debbie Downers. "I get bored with people who complain about this or that. It’s such a waste of time."

If you want to stick around for as many years as she has, her advice is simple: Enjoy life.

"Accentuate the positive, not the negative," she told Parade. "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."

Teddy bears, frankfurters...and what?

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Betty White is no Goody Two-Shoes. She loves her vodka.

Betty White's other secrets to living the good life for a hella long time include critters (her fondness for animals is well known), cuddles (she also loves stuffed animals and has a room full of them) and two other comforts.

She loves vodka and hot dogs. "Probably in that order," she says.