Betty White and Allen Ludden Relationship Timeline
A Golden Girl with a Golden Wedding. Betty White died just weeks before her 100th birthday, but the iconic actress had enough love to last her two lives.
When she passed away on December 31, 2021, at the age of 99, White left behind an amazing legacy. The Mary Tyler Moore Show alum was halfway through an EGOT at the time of his death, having won the 2012 Grammy for Best Spoken Word Recording for his narration of his 2011 memoir, If You ask me (and of course you won’t), as well as multiple Emmys. The legendary actress has also won two lifetime achievement awards throughout her career in the industry, winning the coveted trophy at the 2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards and winning the gold statuette at the 2015 Emmy Awards.
In addition to a critically acclaimed career that spanned more than eight decades on television, the Daddy’s Girls alum has been just as successful in his personal life. Although she was married three times – first to Dick Barker, for less than a year in 1945, and then to Lane Allen, from 1947 to 1949 – it is White’s relationship with her third husband, Allen Ludden, who has not only stood the test of time, but served as a romantic inspiration to his fans around the world.
The couple, who met on the set of Password in 1961 – Ludden was the host of the game show – went on to marry in 1963. Although the couple had no children together, after marrying the game show host, White became the stepmother of his three children. Ludden shared children David, Martha and Sarah, with his late first wife, Margaret McGloin, who died just before Ludden met White.
The Hot in Cleveland alum and TV personality were married for 18 years before the game show host died of stomach cancer in 1981.
Thirty years later, at the request of AndersonCooper why she never dated or remarried after Ludden, White replied, “When you’ve had the best, who needs a rest?” In 2015, she revealed her only regret was not marrying Ludden sooner.
Days after the Proposal the death of the star at the end of 2021, Mom’s family actress Vicki Lawrence – who co-starred with White in the hit sitcom – said The Hollywood Reporter that White’s assistant revealed the actress’ last word was “Allen.”
Keep scrolling to see White and Ludden’s relationship timeline: