At the age of 95, Betty White has countless accomplishments to her name–including famous roles in The Golden Girls and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. But of all her successes to date, the Hollywood actress claims that her marriage to Allen Luden is the one most near and dear to her heart.
Luden, who had been married to Betty for 18 years, tragically passed away from stomach cancer in 1981. When asked if she would ever remarry again, the actress had the best response: “Once you’ve had the best, who needs the rest?” she said in an interview with Larry King.
Confirming her sentiments, she told Piers Morgan shortly after Luden’s passing that her first two marriages were simply practice for the real thing.
“I had 18 wonderful years with Allen Ludden,” she said. “The first two were…rehearsals.”
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Betty, who had been married to U.S. Army pilot Dick Barker in 1945 and Hollywood agent Lane Allen from 1947 until 1949, first met Luden when she appeared as a guest on his TV game show Password in 1961. But it wasn’t quite love at first sight for the couple. In fact, Luden proposed to Betty twice before she finally accepted, and in 1963, they finally tied the knot. While the actress was deeply happy with her late husband, she admitted to Oprah that her original reluctance to accept his offer is her greatest regret in life.
“I spent a whole year, wasted a whole year, that Allen and I could have had together, saying no, I wouldn’t marry him. ‘No, I won’t. No, I won’t leave California. No, I won’t move to New York.’ I wasted a whole year we could have had together. But we made it. We finally did.”
What a heartwarming testament of true love! We wish you all the happiness in the world, Betty.
h/t Pop Sugar
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Betty White 1954
Betty White hosted her own daily talk show in 1954 when this was taken. Its clever name? The Betty White Show.
Betty White Sailing Date 1957 Profile
She also starred in a sitcom called Date with the Angels. This was from the "Sailing Date" episode in 1957.
Betty White Show 1958
Here's Betty looking like Cinderella in 1958.
Betty White 1963 Tournament Of Roses Parade
Even Jackie Kennedy would've envied Betty's look at the 1963 Tournament of Roses Parade.
Betty White Password Days 1967
The hilarious actress was a frequent guest on the game show Password around the time this photo was taken in 1967. She later married the show's host, Allen Ludden.
Betty White Macys Parade 1967
She hosted the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade for several years with Bonanza Star Lorne Greene. This glamorous shot is from 1967's event.
Betty White Allen Ludden 1972
Divorced-twice, Betty White famously said she regrets not accepting third husband Allen Ludden's marriage proposals sooner. She hasn't wed since he died in 1981.
Betty White Emmy 1975
She sparkles even more than one of her many Emmys, this one from 1975.
Betty White Just Men 1982
Blue eye shadow. Peach blush. 1980s makeup seems to only accentuate her beauty, as seen here in 1982, before her famous Golden Girls run.
Betty White 2015
And she still looks so stinking cute as a 90-something, here in 2015.