Joan Rivers Turns 80, Says Betty White Is Her Hero

Joan Rivers (left) and Betty White

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updated 06/11/2013 AT 3:00 PM ET

originally published 06/13/2013 AT 3:30 PM ET

She tapes two TV shows, designs a QVC fashion line, stars in a web series – and a whole lot more.

So how does newly-minted octogenarian Joan Rivers – a.k.a. the workhorse comedienne with legendary stamina – keep her eyes on the prize?

Two words: Betty White.

“If that’s 90, where do I sign?” says the Fashion Police host of the 91-year-old actress.

For Rivers – who turned 80 on June 8 and took over the E! channel this week to mark the occasion – White is an inspiration. “I did her show, Hot in Cleveland. She knew all her lines, was running all around. After that, I thought, 80 is nothing!”

“I feel 25 [or] 35,” adds Rivers. “I take the stairs. Everything is working. I perform, make people happy, get a check. What could be nicer?”

Due to the unexpected passing of Rivers’s sister, Barbara Waxler, on June 3, Rivers’s daughter, Melissa, postponed a star-studded surprise fete.


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