"I wasted a whole year we could have had together. But we made it," she said. "We finally did."
At 98-years-old, Betty White has been around much longer than bread. Even after so many decades, the woman with beautiful dimples and silver hair continues to dominate the screens, despite her age. With age comes wisdom, and White is bound to have a lot of memories from all these years. She's had her fair share when it comes to experiencing love, but she says it's her last husband of 18 years that truly swept her off her feet. She considers her marriage to Allen Ludden to be the best. According to Country Living, The Golden Girls actress was married twice before she met the love of her life, game show host Allen Ludden.
White first got married to US army pilot Dick Barker in 1945 before going their seperate ways. Then in 1947, she got hitched to Hollywood agent Lane Allen but the couple was divorced in 1949. Now, when you look back, it seems like going her separate way from her second marriage not only led her to her one true love but also kept her in the career she wanted to be in. In an article by Insider, the Life With Elizabeth star reportedly said, "He didn't want me to be in show business. When you have a calling you have to follow it, so I made the choice, blew the marriage and I've never regretted it."
Betty White met her third husband, game show host, Allen Ludden in 1961 when she appeared as a guest on his game show, Password, according to Southern Living. It was evident that the two of them were quite smitten with each other. However, the then-39-year-old actress was hesitant to get re-married because, as she told NewsWeek in May 2011, she felt like a “failure” after her two divorces. So the first two times that Ludden proposed to her, she refused. The game show host, however, never gave up. "I kept saying no for a year," White recalled, according to HuffPost.
She continued: "Finally, Easter came along. He sent me a white stuffed bunny with diamond earrings clipped to its ears and a card that said, 'Please Say Yes?' So when I answered the phone that night, I didn’t say hello, I just said, 'Yes.'" She said that it was one of the best decisions of her life. On June 14, 1963, the couple tied the knot and went on to have 18 glorious years together before Ludden succumbed to stomach cancer in 1981, reported Today. “I had 18 wonderful years with Allen Ludden," White told Piers Morgan in 2012. "The first two were . . . rehearsals." Now, that's when you know it's true love. "Even long after we were married, he’d call me up during the day and ask me out on a date. He’d barbecue a chicken. We’d have a glass of wine, put on a stack of records, and dance," she added.
"Now, that’s silly for an old married couple—and a far cry from my first marriage, in terms of chickens—but it worked," she said. But she had one big regret when it came to her marriage with Ludden. Her biggest regret, as the Hollywood star told Oprah Winfrey in 2015, was rejecting Ludden's earlier proposals. "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,'" she told Winfrey. "I wasted a whole year we could have had together. But we made it," she added. "We finally did." And now, the actress, having felt like she lived some of the best years of her life with her third husband, isn't looking to get married again. When asked about it, the actress reportedly told Larry King, "Once you've had the best, who needs the rest?" quoted Daily Mail.