Betty White is planning a 'low-key birthday bash' with pals as she turns 99 and feels 'great' in Covid crisis

GOLDEN Girl Betty White is planning a "low-key birthday bash" with close friends as she turns 99 years old and is feeling "great" during the Covid crisis.

The near-centenarian comedian is reaching yet another milestone this January with the celebration of her 99th birthday.

Though the Covid pandemic has made it difficult for any sort of celebration, especially for the older generations, Betty's friends hope to make the best of the situation and toast to her joyful life.

Earlier this year when news of the pandemic first broke with major threats to the elderly community, fans expressed serious concern about the Golden Girls star.

Following the shock of Tom Hanks and his wife contracting the disease, fans went viral claiming that she must be protected at all costs.

Betty's publicist quickly replied that she was "doing very well, being extra careful" and that "No one [is] permitted in except those who must, [and she] has helpers who are great with her.”

The soon-to-be-99 year old actress is staying very busy despite the current state of the world.

Her close friend, Tom Sullivan, reported that “she owns literally thousands of crossword puzzle books and is constantly doing them to keep her mind jumping. This is really serious with her.”

Betty is also still an actively working actress, with a Lifetime Christmas Movie currently in production.

According to ET, Betty's character "helps whip would-be Santas into shape, spreading the true meaning of Christmas", a role that will hopefully be shared this year despite the raging pandemic.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show star shows no sign of slowing her lengthy career, alluded even further by the late Alex Trebek, who passed away on November 8th, 2020.

Alex joked that he would choose Betty as his replacement in the case that he had to leave the show due to his growing pancreatic cancer symptoms.

The 80-year-old host commented: "I joke with the audience all the time and I say, 'Betty White,' because they want somebody younger, somebody funnier.”

Betty's friends are thrilled to celebrate the Hot In Cleveland star, telling OK! that "Betty's done so much in her life, and all with a smile.

She's an inspiration for everyone around her – she refuses to get down and keeps everyone on their toes. Her friends and loved ones are ready to raise their glasses to celebrate her great life."

Although Betty is the last remaining Golden Girl, her co-stars Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty "will be there in spirit!" says OK! insider.

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