Betty White

Actress, 'The Proposal'

One could argue that Betty White was “The Proposal’s” secret weapon, helping star Sandra Bullock nab her biggest opening weekend ever with $34 million, but there was nothing secret about it. White was all over the trailer, the TV spots and the talkshow circuit. She even appeared in a foul-mouthed, faux behind-the-scenes video on FunnyOrDie.com.

“I’ve been so busy lately, which at my age is ridiculous,” marvels the 87-year-old actress, who just signed on to co-star with Sigourney Weaver and Jamie Lee Curtis in the comedy “You Again,” scheduled for a 2010 release. “I don’t know why it’s happening now, but I’m not about to say no — although I did say no to ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ I figured Cloris Leachman did a good job of taking care of that age bracket.”

Even with five Emmys on her mantel, White relishes the challenge of a fresh assignment. “You can do a very dramatic, heavy scene and everybody thinks, ‘That’s wonderful,’ ” she says, “but when you’re doing comedy, if the laugh doesn’t come, you’re a failure. You missed the boat.”

Film comedies like “The Proposal” are trickier than sitcoms, she says, because there’s no studio audience to feed off of. “Sometimes the crew helps,” she says. “If you get a laugh from the crew, that’s a gift.”

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