Screen legend Betty White still wants a date

Betty White.
Betty White. Contributed

BETTY White wants someone to ask her out.

The 94-year-old actress - who was previously married to Dick Barker and Lane Allen in the 1940s and TV host Allen Ludden from 1963 until his death in 1981 - admitted men are a "hobby" of hers, but she never gets approached to go on dates because of her age.

Asked if she's more like Sue Ann Nivens from 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' or her 'Golden Girls' alter ego Rose Nylund, she said: "I haven't a clue. I would probably say Sue Ann Nivens.

"Well, she liked men! So does Betty. It's kind of a hobby of mine. But the men don't know it."

Asked if she still dates, she bemoaned: "Nobody asks me. Who's gonna wanna ask out a 94-year-old woman? It just doesn't happen."

But when 'Today' host Al Roker reassured her there are definitely interested men, she jokingly asked: "Well, how old are you?"

Despite her long years in the industry, Betty insists she "never" takes her success for granted.

She added: "How can you not enjoy it?"

But the veteran actress admitted the industry has changed for women over the years.

She said: "[In my early days], it was a privilege to be allowed to work at that time."

And the 'Boston Legal' actress has no plans to retire any time soon.

She simply asked: "Why?"

Betty credits kindness as the key to her career longevity.

She explained: "You don't say the hurtful thing even if you're irritated or upset because that sticks, that sticks around..

"Everybody should have or cultivate a passion. Don't be afraid to really get hooked on something, because that will refurbish your entry."

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