Betty White

Betty White, the First Lady of Television, turned 98 years old today!

I was first introduced to Betty White on the show The Golden Girls—I still can’t quite explain how I came to like it, seeing as I was only 12 years old when the show ended.

Three years ago, when all seven seasons came to Hulu, we binge-watched it in my house, and there may have been one episode I couldn’t remember.

What I had for breakfast yesterday may be a blur, but 180-ish episodes of an ’80s sitcom somehow endured.

White’s portrayal of good-natured but naive Rose Nyland, who hailed from St. Olaf, Minnesota, may be how I was introduced to her, but she’s had a long and impressive career beyond that show.

Happy birthday, Betty!