A comedian who champions animal rights continues to captivate her fans as she approaches becoming a centenarian.

Actress Betty White was born in Illinois on Jan. 17, 1922, before her family relocated to Los Angeles, California.

“I think they were so disappointed when I was a baby that they had a baby, and not a little animal,” she said according to Hiptoro.

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In the early 1950s, White received her first Primetime Emmy Award nomination at a small television station for her debut show, “Life With Elizabeth.” In 1985 she joined the seven-season situation comedy series “Golden Girls,” which follows the lives of four elderly women. Her gorgeous smile and wit captivated her audience and, the following year, she won a Primetime Emmy Award for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series.

During the 2010 Super Bowl, a Facebook campaign helped revive the actress’s popularity so effectively that she was selected to be the oldest person to host NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” comedy program.

“It was the scariest thing I have ever done,” she said according to Spotlight. “It was really funny stuff but it was a challenge.”

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White openly admits animals are her greatest love, and a passion she is well-known for.

“I have to keep acting so that I can afford to keep doing my charity work,” she said according to the publication.

She has also spent nearly 40 years volunteering for the Los Angeles Zoo and the Morris Animal Foundation.

“I am actually the luckiest old broad alive. Half my life is working in a profession I love and the other half is working with animals,” she said according to Spotlight.

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The actress has also gained a reputation for chastity, dignity, and being considerate towards others.

“Betty is going to be remembered as a very kind person, a loving person, an extremely terrific actress and comedian,” one fan told Hiptoro. “[However,] I think she really wants to be remembered as one who gave most of her life to animals.”