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OTRC: Betty White stays young with Red Vines and French fries

Betty White's 'Hot in Cleveland' co-star Jane Leeves told Us Weekly magazine in January 2011 that the veteran actress's favorite foods include 'Red Vines, hot dogs, French fries and Diet Coke.' Her other co-star on the TV sitcom, Wendie Malick, told the magazine that White: 'eats red licorice, like, ridiculously, a lot.' (Pictured: Betty White talks to OnTheRedCarpet.com in November 2010. Right: A promotional photo of Red Vines.) (OTRC / American Licorice Company)

Betty White celebrated her 89th birthday on Monday and the veteran actress only recently told reporters that she is going to slow down on work.

So how does White stay so young? Well her "Hot in Cleveland" co-star Jane Leeves tells Us Weekly magazine that it isn't by watching what she eats. "She eats Red Vines, hot dogs, French fries and Diet Coke. If that's key, maybe she's preserved because of all the preservatives."

Her other "Cleveland" co-star Wendie Malick told the magazine something similar. "She eats red licorice, like, ridiculously a lot. She seems to exist on hot dogs and French fries," Malic said.

White's career is still red hot and the actress has been nabbing steady gigs throughout her career. Last year the actress hosted "Saturday Night Live," did guest stints on "The Middle" and "Community," on top of her "Hot in Cleveland" duties. She was also named "AP Entertainer of the Year" by the Associated Press in 2010.

"It's hard for me to say no to a job because you spend your career thinking if you say no to a job they'll never offer you another one," White told the press earlier this month according to The Hollywood Reporter. "My mother taught me to say no as a girl. But I'm trying to cut down, I really am."

"What is this Betty White business," she added. "This is so silly. You've had an overdose of me. I think I'm going to go away for a while."

"Hot in Cleveland" returns for a second season on Wednesday on TV Land at 10 p.m. and White will reunite with her former television Mary Tyler Moore after 33 years.

Moore, 74, and White, who turned 89 on Monday, starred on the sitcom "Mary Tyler Moore" in the 1970s. Moore played Mary Richards, a local news producer in Minneapolis, and White portrayed Sue Ann Nivens, host of the Martha Stewart-inspired show "The Happy Homemaker," whose punch lines often involved sexual innuendos, much like her current "Cleveland" character.

White told OnTheRedCarpet.com in November that she and Moore spent the entire day hugging one another when they filmed the "Hot in Cleveland" episode.

On the show Moore's character meets up with Elka, played by White, who was arrested in the season one cliffhanger, the cable network said in a statement.

Check out footage from Betty White's birthday celebration below.

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