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Betty White celebrates 90th birthday, nabs prank show on NBC

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01/09/2012 by Kristina Lopez

Betty White was honored with a star-studded tribute for her 90th birthday.

The actress, who actually turns 90 on January 17, was in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 8, for a taping of NBC television special "Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl."

The special included appearances by Ellen DeGeneres, Morgan Freeman, Tina Fey, Ray Romano, Seth Meyers and Tracy Morgan, Carl Reiner, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Vicki Lawrence.

Other stars that appeared included White's former co-stars Mary Tyler Moore, Ed Asner, Valerie Harper and Gavin MacLeod for "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and her current co-stars Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick and Jane Leeves from "Hot In Cleveland."

The special airs on January 16 and will also feature performances surprise guest appearances and honor White's long career in entertainment.

As for what she'll be doing on her actual birthday, White told People magazine, "I'm going to sit back home with my golden retriever Pontiac."

"Usually I'll try to play catch-up with all the things I never will catch up on," she added. "I may just do crossword puzzles and indulge myself and have a wonderful time with my dog."

The actress also said she had no plans on retiring. "Everybody says, 'Why don't you retire? Why don't you quit?' Why should I quit when I'm having such a good time? So my New Year's resolution is to appreciate everything that's happening to me, and hopefully, hopefully continue to do it," she said.

White, who is the only surviving cast member of "Golden Girls," has made a comeback recently, appearing in films like "The Proposal" and "You Again."

The actress has also become one of the most popular senior television stars, especially following a "Saturday Night Live" hosting stint in 2010, which earned the "Golden Girls" star her fifth Emmy Award.

White also had another bit of good news for the New Year, her senior prank show "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" was picked up by NBC. The show is a hidden camera style series and will feature senior citizens pulling pranks on the younger generation. The first sneak preview airs after White's birthday special.

The new series is made up of 12 half-hour episodes and is based on a Belgian show called "Benidorm Bastards." Local versions of the show have been produced in other Europe countries and in South Korea. The series was first reported in March as being in development.

"Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl" airs on January 16 at 8 p.m. on NBC. Check out a preview of "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" below.

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