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Betty White Is Turning 99 and Fans Will Love What She Has Planned

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Jan. 17, 2021 is a very special day, because on that Sunday, Betty White turns 99.

The beloved actress has stood the test of time extremely well and has some special plans for her big day. She’s been working on a bit of a pet project, digging up a special series that’s several decades old.

She couldn’t keep the secret in a recent interview with ET, when she let the cat out of the bag.

“You probably didn’t ask, but I’ll tell you anyway,” she said. “What am I doing for my birthday?

“Running a mile each morning has been curtailed by COVID, so I am working on getting ‘The Pet Set’ rereleased and feeding the two ducks who come to visit me every day.”

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White has always had an affinity for animals, a fact those two ducks seem to recognize.

In the 1970s, White produced the show with her husband before she became a household name.

“In 1971, just prior to Betty’s sitcom superstardom, she created and hosted a weekly program, BETTY WHITE’S PET SET, celebrating her lifelong devotion to animals,” the page for the rereleased DVD set said.

“Produced with her beloved husband Allen Ludden … BETTY WHITE’S PET SET welcomed celebrity friends with their dogs, cats and horses in additional to dozens of wild animals including tigers, bears, elephants, lions, wolves, gorillas, chimps, cougars, cheetahs, kangaroos, zebras, penguins, seals, eagles and many more creatures both in the studio and on location.”

There are 39 episodes of the show in all, each 30 minutes long. The show will be coming out on DVD and reportedly will also be available for streaming on Feb. 23, according to ET.

The show features a variety of celebrities, including — but not limited to — Carol Burnett, Doris Day, Mary Tyler Moore, Jimmy Stewart, Burt Reynolds, Shirley Jones, Michael Landon, Barbara Eden, James Brolin, Della Reese and Vincent Price.

“If I haven’t told you already, I will now,” White said in a statement, according to The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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“The Pet Set is one of my favorite shows. I’m thrilled it’s going to be seen again after all these years.”

MPI Media Group, the company handling the rerelease, has said on the show’s dedicated webpage that “Betty White’s Pet Set: The Complete Series” DVD set is already sold out.

Happy birthday, Betty White! Will you be celebrating with her by watching this or one of her other shows?

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
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