Celebrities pay tribute to Betty White on her 99th birthday

5:18am PST, Jan 18, 2021

There are few people in the world as beloved at Betty White. On Jan. 17, the former “Golden Girl” celebrated her 99th birthday. In reflecting on her birthday, she told the Associated Press, “Since I am turning 99, I can stay up as late as I want without asking permission.” The big day had many of Hollywood’s biggest stars publicly paying tribute to the birthday girl. Click through to see how Betty is being honored on social media by friends and former co-stars.

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Regina King posted a quote from Betty White that read, “Butterflies are like women – We may be delicate but we can fly through a hurricane.” Regina added, “Today is the day a giant was born. Happy Worthday @BettyMWhite.”

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“Happy birthday Betty White! You’re a national treasure. Hillary and I hope you have a good one and wish you many, many more. With a little luck, we’ll find a rerun of Golden Girls tonight!” –Former President Bill Clinton

“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” –Ed Asner

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

“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 #HappyBirthdayBettyWhite” –Maria Shriver

“Happy Birthday @BettyMWhite” –Katie Couric

“I’m so old that I’ve loved Betty White since Life With Elizabeth. #HappyBirthdayBettyWhite” –Michael McKean

Betty White bloopers are the best bloopers #HappyBirthdayBettyWhite” –Valerie Bertinelli

“Happy 99th Birthday to the only thing we can all agree on, Betty White!” –Billy Eichner

“Today both @BettyMWhite and #JamesEarlJones are celebrating birthdays?! How is it not a national holiday?” –Josh Gad

“‘The older you get the better you get. Unless you’re a banana.’ – Rose in Golden Girls. Happy 99th Birthday to the legend @bettymwhite! The greatest thing since before sliced bread!” –Melissa Joan Hart

“Happy Birthday #BettyWhite !! On “Hot in Cleveland”, she insisted on getting me a coffee, and was the best partner in scenes ever, she was 93 way back then! I adore her….” –Willie Garson

“Happy 99th Birthday to the fabulous ⁦@BettyMWhite – a proper star, on & off screen.” –Piers Morgan

“Happy 99th birthday to the legendary Betty White!” –Mario Lopez

“Wishing the incomparable Betty White a very happy 99th birthday! What’s your favorite Betty White role, friends?” –George Takei

“99 and still FINE!!!! Very Happy and Blessed Birthday to @BettyMWhite!!!!” –Loni Love

“She is my spirit animal. Happy 99th birthday, QUEEN!!” –Ming-Na Wen

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Valerie Bertinelli

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