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Almost everyone knew who Betty White was, and everyone loved her. The country is mourning her death. TMZ reported that the last of The Golden Girls actresses passed away peacefully at her home on New Year's Eve on December 31, 2021. Her agent, Jeff Witjas, said in a statement to People magazine that she died of "natural causes."
Betty's death occurred just days before her 100th birthday. Plans had already been made for a big celebration to honor her on January 17, 2022. The documentary-style movie, Betty White: A Celebration, is still scheduled to be released in US theaters on what would have been her centenarian milestone birthday, according to producers Steve Boettcher and Mike Trinklein.
There is a long list of friends who are featured in the documentary. Heading the list is Ryan Reynolds, who had a crush on Betty, along with Robert Redford, whom Betty had a crush on. Before her death, People magazine had already put her photo on its cover and printed an inside story about her in its January 10, 2022 edition.
Over the last few days, you have probably heard many interesting things about Betty's life and her career that spanned from 1930 until her death. Over the years, you have seen her in comedies, dramas, on game shows, hosting Saturday Night Live, in documentaries about her love for animals, and in a Snickers ad during the 2010 Super Bowl.
While there are so many wonderful things to say about Betty White, the focus of this particular article is about her strong and everlasting love for Allen Ludden and his love for her.
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Allen Ludden: The Love of Betty White's Life
Betty loved her acting career, and she loved animals. However, there was a love that was so embedded within her heart that it lasted long after Allen's death. Betty and Allen Ludden had a love that transcended death. He died from stomach cancer at the age of 63 on June 9, 1981. Betty remained unmarried, but she moved on with her life and career. However, her love for Allen was buried so deep that his name was the last word she uttered, according to her assistant, who was with her when she took her last breath.
Betty White's Last Word
Betty White's Three Marriages
Allen Ludden was Betty's third husband. Betty described her two previous marriages as "mistakes." Betty's first husband was Dick Barker, a United States Army Air Forces P-38 pilot. They married and divorced within the same year (1945) because Barker wanted to live a simple life on his chicken farm, but Betty wanted something else.
Betty married Lane Allen, a Hollywood talent agent, in 1947. They divorced after two years because he wanted a family, but Betty wanted a career instead of having children.
Betty met television host and personality Allen Ludden when she was a celebrity guest on his game show Password in 1961. He wanted to marry her long before she accepted his proposal. She did not accept the engagement ring the first time he proposed to her. Instead of returning it to the jeweler, he put it on a chain and wore it around his neck for two years. Betty was reluctant to marry because she had already been married twice. After two years of rejecting Allen's proposals, she finally said, "Yes." They were married on June 14, 1963. As they say, "The third time is a charm."
Betty continued to be a regular on Password. At the end of the show, Allen would say to her, "Let's go home, Mrs. Ludden" and she would say, "Yes, indeed, Mr. Ludden."
Allen had been married to Margaret McGloin from October 11, 1943 until her death on October 30, 1961. Even though by choice Betty had no children of her own, she was a good stepmother to Allen's son David, and his two daughters, Martha and Sarah.
When Betty was asked if she would marry again after Allen's death, she said the same thing on more than one occasion. In an interview with Larry King, she answered the question by smiling and saying, "Once you've had the best, who needs the rest?" Betty and Allen were married for only 18 years, and 40 years after his death she still remembered the love they had for each other.