Her One True Love: Betty White Regrets Wasting A Whole Year Before She Married Allen Ludden

Date March 20, 2018

A lot of people know Betty White as the funny, no-holds-barred actress who has been around for a long time. But, few people know that she has been married thrice. Once to the pilot Dick Barker, and then to the theater director, Lane Allen, before she met the love of her life.

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Meeting Allen.

Quick-witted and unafraid to say it like it is, Betty has had one of the longest-running television acting careers. She was also done with two failed marriages before she turned 30.

When she met Allen Ludden on the set of the show Password, she was a little wary of love, but the enthusiastic host of the popular game show made her fall for him.

The 96-year-old actress says she was impressed by Allen's kindness on and off camera.

She guested on the show during its third week on air and he was not too busy to be courteous after the last show finished.

The cutest proposal ever

Before his death, Allen revealed that his love for the spunky actress was instant. He had lost his first wife, Margaret McGloin, to cancer the previous year and he fell in love with Betty on the opening night of a play they starred in together, Critic’s Choice.

Allen asked for Betty's hand in marriage a number of times before she finally gave in. What weakened her resolve not to marry a man who would make her move from California to New York was an Easter gift from Allen.

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He sent a stuffed white bunny wearing gold flower shaped earrings adorned with tiny precious stones and a note that said: “Please say YES”. Betty said yes and they were married in Las Vegas in 1963.

She regrets not marrying him sooner.

The veteran actress who recently held her own on Hot in Cleveland has said the only regret she has now was not saying yes sooner. Allen died from stomach cancer in 1981.

She told Oprah Winfrey during her Where Are They Now interview:

I wasted a whole year we could have had together.

Betty never remarried after Allen's death and she has said in several interviews that if she had to do anything all over, it would be marrying her late husband again.

And nothing is more beautiful than this: She still has the Easter bunny Allen proposed with.

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