Ryan Reynolds Pays Sweet Tribute to 'Special Ex-Girlfriend' Betty White on 97th Birthday
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The 'Hot in Cleveland' alum celebrates her birthday playing poker with her friends as she wishes that Robert Redford calls her on her big day.

AceShowbiz - Betty White turned 97 on Thursday, January 17, with many fans and colleagues sending her birthday wishes. Among those well wishers was Ryan Reynolds, who paid tribute to the veteran TV star in the best way he could, making a joke.

Sharing on Twitter a picture from their appearance on a talk show several years ago, the "Deadpool" actor jokingly suggested that he had been once in a relationship with the actress, who is more than 50 years old his senior. He wrote in the caption, "I don't usually talk about ex-girlfriends. But Betty's special. Happy Birthday to the one and only, @BettyMWhite."

Reynolds also posted a hilarious tribute to White on Instagram. In the image, the Canadian hunk dressed as Deadpool holds a cocktail glass and hot dog, likely referencing to White's previous statement that her secret to a healthy life is consuming foods that she loves, including hot dogs and vodka, "probably in that order."

"Happy Birthday to the one and only @bettymwhite! Cheers to another year of 'Tinis and Weenies!" he captioned the photo, which also features a picture of White eating a hot dog.

A representative for White tells PEOPLE that the veteran entertainer planned to spend the big day with a poker night with her close friends. "Betty is feeling great. She has the absolute best sense of humor," the rep says of the star. The rep also shares to E! News, "As for her birthday wish, Betty is waiting for Robert Redford to call!"

White, who has stepped back from the show business in the last few years though not completely resigning yet, made an appearance at the 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards. Talking about her senior status, she poked fun at herself, "Somebody said something the other day about first lady of television, and I took it as a big compliment. And then I heard her talking to her daughter a little later, and she said, 'First lady, she's that old. She was the first one way back.' "

She added, "It's incredible that I'm still in this business and you are still putting up with me ... It's incredible that you can stay in a career this long and still have people put up with you. I wish they did that at home."

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