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White, who joins the ranks of former AP honorees such as Taylor Swift, Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert, narrowly edged out other worthy 2010 contenders such as the cast of Glee, Conan O'Brien, James Cameron, the iPad and Jon Stewart.
The octogenarian had a busy year, to say the least. Her wildly successful Saturday Night Live hosting gig (which came to be due to a massive Facebook campaign) and her Screen Actor's Guild Lifetime Achievement Award (and subsequent SAG nomination for her work in the sitcom Hot in Cleveland) were just a few of her notable achievements in 2010.
Still, the star (who also devotes much of her time to animal rights activism), can't believe her good fortune so late in life. "It's ridiculous," White told the AP of her prestigious title. "They haven't caught on to me, and I hope they never do."
Of course, 2010 hasn't been the only year that White left her mark in entertainment. (After all, she won over the hearts of many with her work on classic shows such as The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Golden Girls.) "It's been phenomenal, but everybody keeps congratulating me on my resurgence and my big comeback," she said. "I haven't been away, guys. I've been working steadily for the last 63 years."
But when asked why she thought there was a sudden shift in her popularity, the You Again star seemed puzzled. "I don't know," White said. "I've had my own following all that time. If they want me to go away, if they get tired of me, just stop asking me because I keep saying, 'Yes.'"
But, that doesn't mean the sharp-witted funny lady isn't grateful for all that has come her way as of late. "It's just been a lovely year, I must admit," she said.
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