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I am honoring Betty White by making the first $101.00 donation in the middle box, Iris. Will you join me in making a donation in her memory? You can also help by sharing this fundraiser with your friends and family.
In honoring Betty White, we don’t just want you to make a donation, we want you to learn more about the history and legacy that she left behind.
She wasn’t just a celebrity who entertained us for so many years. Betty had a passion for doing good, for people, animals, and the world.
We are starting with how she served our country.
Can you imagine Betty White driving one of these trucks?
Keep coming back - We will continue posting more about Betty White's life, the important work that she has done, interesting facts, and even funny moments in her life.
Bobbi and the Strays
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Bobbi and the Strays, a non-profit, no-kill organization, rescues and provides essential care for orphaned, stray, abused, and special needs cats and dogs. Through rehabilitation, socialization, and adoption, we provide a humane service to all animals that come into our care.
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TODAY WE WANT TO ENTERTAIN YOU
Betty White and Johnny Carson had a friendship of over 30 years. Throughout this time Betty appeared on the Johnny Carson Show many times and they just enjoyed each other. They often performed skits and made us all laugh so much. We want you to remember what a good actress and funny lady she was.
CLICK ON THIS LINK TO WATCH ONE OF MANY - BETTY AND JOHNNY'S SKIT
THIS EVENING'S IMPORTANT FACT ABOUT BETTY WHITE'S KINDNESS
“He stays”: Betty White refused to remove a Black dancer from her show in 1954.
In a time when segregation was at the forefront of American issues, Betty White rejected attempts to keep a Black dancer off her show. The dancer, Arthur Duncan, was featured on “The Betty White Show” which aired in the 1950s. When she was encouraged to take him off because of the color of his skin, she politely declined. "I'm sorry, but, you know, he stays," White said, according to a PBS biography.
Duncan told Steve Harvey in 2017, that Betty White gave him his first job on TV. "They had letters from Mississippi and elsewhere that some of the stations would not carry the show if I was permitted to stay on there". "Well, Betty wrote back and said: 'needless to say, we used Arthur Duncan every opportunity we could'", he said.
White continued to resist the pressure coming from stations in the South and used Duncan until the show was canceled in 1954. Duncan went on to have a lustrous career in show business and gained fame for being the first Black performer on “The Lawrence Welk Show,” according to The Library of Congress. He also went on to have a decades-long career as one of the first famous Black tap dancers in the US.
I think we can all know how tough "this old broad" as she called herself, could be, but can you imagine at that young age, taking on the big guys? Risking her career? This says the kind of woman that Betty White was, Loving and kind, but strong and tough when she needed to be.
THIS MORNING'S IMPORTANT FACT ABOUT BETTY WHITE
Betty's love for animals was such an important part of her life that at times it came before her career. She loved all animals, big and small.
Betty White is such a strong animal advocate that she will even turn down projects that depict violence against animals in the script, particularly animal abuse. Putting animals before her career, she’ll turn down any script that has scenes of animal abuse written on the page. Fortunately, it didn't seem to hurt her career too much.
One role she's known to have turned down is one in As Good as it Gets. The filmmakers wanted her to play Helen Hunt’s mother in the film, but due to the scene where one character’s dog is thrown into a garbage chute, she refused to be in the film.
Betty's kindness must have been so obvious to animals, that they just seemed to melt and bask in her loving touch.
THIS EVENING'S FUN FACT ABOUT BETTY WHITE
You’d think, considering how good she looked for her age, that Betty White was the healthiest woman alive. Surely a proper diet with lots of nutrition and plenty of exercise was her key to living such a long, fulfilling life? Well, maybe not. Perhaps, she just found the fountain of youth because apparently, her diet was not what you think.
Betty White was a snacker—and not healthy snacks like nuts and fruit. No, Betty White was never afraid to indulge in all the delicious foods she loved to eat...like hot dogs, Red Vines, and soda – this is all according to James Leeves, her Hot in Cleveland co-star. With that said, maybe living is the key to living. Disclaimer: we aren’t doctors though.
Betty White’s love of hot dogs, led a famous restaurant in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles, to name a hot dog after her. The hotdog was named "The Betty White Naked Dog" because Betty likes it that way, naked on a bun.
Now, isn't that something you can just hear Betty saying?
THIS MORNING'S FUN FACT ABOUT BETTY WHITE
SHE WAS A SERIOUS POKER PLAYER
Betty White loves to gamble like the best of them. She’s an avid poker player who regularly plays with a group of friends. According to Betty White, they play dealer’s choice, and White’s favorite is “Scree Thy Neighbor”, where players get a chance to keep a card or pass it on to another player.
The poker group also has a brass trophy with the words “Pico Poker Club" engraved on it. The winner takes it home and brings it back to the next game. Failing to bring the trophy back results in owing the group $2,000—well, unless they die; then they're off the hook.
Wonder what her serious poker face might have been? Maybe one of these?