Betty White kicked off her 90th birthday celebration with the world watching – or, at least, the 14 million who tuned in to NBC at 8 p.m.

The celebrated “Golden Girl” officially enters her ninth decade today, and NBC threw her a birthday party during primetime Monday that featured guest appearances from other funny folks like Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett and White’s former co-star, Mary Tyler Moore, in a 90-minute special.

Even President Obama sent in a video message – asking White to prove she’s 90 by providing a long-form birth certificate (at least he can joke about that now?).

Meanwhile, “Chuck” actor Zachary Levi proclaimed his love for White with a marriage proposal, and got a kiss in return.

The A.V. Club describes the special as “an extended lifetime achievement presentation mixed with a fair amount of roasting.”

It wasn’t as cutting as the kind you’ll find on Comedy Central – one example included Amy Poehler making  a wisecrack on White’s age, saying that she considers the actress to be a pioneer – because 90 years ago she arrived in California via stage coach.


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