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updated 7/18/2011 8:48:16 PM ET 2011-07-19T00:48:16

Betty White may have been thankful to receive an invite from a Marine who asked her hand to a military affair, but the 89-year-old actress has had to decline.

“I am deeply flattered and truly appreciate the invitation, as everyone knows I love a man in uniform… but unfortunately I cannot accept, as I will be taping an episode of ‘Hot In Cleveland,” White said in a statement to Access Hollywood.

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She signed her statement, “Love, Betty White.”

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As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, Sgt. Ray Lewis, who has served in Afghanistan and Iraq, invited Betty via YouTube, following the lead set by fellow marines who were successful in inviting Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake.

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Sgt. Lewis promised to show the Hollywood legend “a good time” if she accepted his invite.

“She’s funny, she’s sweet, she’s mature. She’s the all-around perfect woman,” Sgt. Lewis said of White. “I really think we’d have a good time. I’m fun, you know. … I think I can make her laugh. I think she can make me laugh. I think we can laugh together."

Adding, “So, call me!”

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On Monday, “Friends With Benefits” co-stars Mila and Justin appeared on NBC’s “Today” show, where they confirmed they would both be attending separate upcoming Marine Corps Balls and joked about the excitement surrounding the events.

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“Marines have a lot of balls,” Kunis said.

While Justin added, “We want to pay honor to our country and embrace their balls.”

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Photos: Betty White's transformation

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  1. 1950

    The beautiful 28-year-old brunet co-hosted music roundup "Hollywood on Television" for a whopping five hours a day, six days a week. "We were one of the only games in town," she has said of her show with DJ Al Jarvis. "It was like television college."

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  2. 1958

    White sported a wavy pageboy when she played newlywed Vicki Angel on "Date with the Angels." (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. 1975

    White went blond as the scheming (and sexy -- costar Ed Asner called her "one hot mama") Sue Ann Nivens on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." Her role as the "Happy Homemaker" won her an Emmy. (CBS Photo Archive / Getty) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. 1985

    On the hit show, "The Golden Girls," she played naive Minnesotan Rose Nylund -- and won an Emmy. "I like Rose because she thought life was like a musical comedy," she has said. "It was going to have a happy ending no matter whatever happened."

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  5. 1982

    Blond bouffant, red lips, big smile -- at 60, the "Match Game" star embraced her look. (ABC Studios / Getty) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. 1999

    Super-producer David E. Kelley cast her in horror flick "Lake Placid." "I was looking for the sweetest, most grandmotherly type, who in fact was vicious and had a gutter mouth," he told EW. "Betty certainly personified the former, and she had no problem embracing the latter." (Columbia Tristar / Courtesy Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. 2010

    The now silver-haired star is hotter than ever with a hit viral Super Bowl ad, a hosting gig on "Saturday Night Live," and a role in the upcoming series "Hot in Cleveland." "At my age, you shouldn't have all this good stuff," she modestly told Entertainment Weekly. "But honestly, how lucky can I get?"

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