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Betty White's birthday: White turns 92 today

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Today, Betty White is best known for her roles on "Hot in Cleveland" and "Betty White's Off Their Rockers," but breakout roles for the white-haired actress actually came more than 40 years ago.

One of White's first big roles was that of Sue Ann Nevins on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. In that role, White played Mary Richard's competitive frenemy. Later, White was cast as naive Rose Nylund on "The Golden Girls." The last episode of the show was aired in 1992.

White continued to work through the years, but in 2010 a Super Bowl commercial provided a spark to introduce White to younger generations. After that commercial White found herself to be in demand once again, and a whole new generation was introduced to her sharp wit and funny double-entendres.

Betty White was born on Jan. 17, 1922. Today, we celebrate her 92nd birthday with five fun facts about the actress. Read on for trivia to impress your friends.

Betty White fact No. 1
Betty White fact No. 1 Photo by Brian To/Getty Images for The Lifeline Program

Betty White fact No. 1

Betty White's biggest causes revolve around animals. She's spent more than 40 years world with the Los Angeles Zoo and the Morris Animal Foundation.

Betty White fact No. 2
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Betty White fact No. 2

Betty White was the oldest person to ever host Saturday Night Live. She was asked to host the show after a Facebook petition cropped up in favor of White as a host.

Betty White fact No. 3
Betty White fact No. 3 Photo by Brian To/Getty Images for The Lifeline Program

Betty White fact No. 3

Betty White became one of the first female producers in Hollywood when she produced her first TV series in the 1950s. That series was titled Life With Elizabeth.

Betty White fact No. 4
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Betty White fact No. 4

Betty White got her start in the entertainment industry when she began working as an assistant at a nearby television station. At the time, she and her family lived in Los Angeles.

Betty White fact No. 5
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Betty White fact No. 5

Betty White was born to parents Horace and Tess White in Oak Park, Ill., in 1922. Horace was an electrical engineer while Tess was a homemaker. When White was two years old, the family moved to Los Angeles.

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