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Betty White, 21 fun facts

<div class="meta "><span class="caption-text ">Betty White was offered the role of the mother of Helen Hunt&#39;s character in the 1997 film &#39;As Good As it Gets.&#39; She turned it down because she objected to a scene where Jack Nicholson&#39;s character puts the dog down the trash chute.  &#39;At one point they take this adorable little Brussels Griffon and the guy throws him down the laundry chute,&#39; White said on &#39;The Joy Behar Show&#39; in May 2011. &#39;Well, the dog lands on a pile of laundry and the dog is fine and all that. But all I could think of was all the people out there watching that movie.&#39; &#39;And if there&#39;s a dog in the building that&#39;s barking or they don&#39;t like, boom, they do it. Or kids thinking it`s funny. And it doesn&#39;t have a happy ending. So I said ... I can&#39;t do that, hoping he would change the scene. [Director James L. Brooks] said, &#39;Betty, the dog is fine. Betty, the dog is the star of the movie.&#39; And I said, I&#39;m sorry, I just can&#39;t. And of course, it turned into a huge hit, but I never regretted turning it down.&#39;&#40;Pictured: Jack Nicholson appears with Verdel, a Brussels Griffon dog, in a scene from the 1997 film &#39;As Good As it Gets.&#39;&#41; (TriStar Pictures)</span></div>
August 6, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT