Eminent, Betty White, Calls Her Two Failed Marriages Her “Favorite Mistakes”

Date March 5, 2018

The world-favorite actress, Betty White, is the female entertainer with the longest career in television. Betty managed to reach enormous success in her career, though she admitted she often had to sacrifice her personal life for this. The star had two failed marriages, but today, she doesn’t regret any and calls them her favorite mistakes.


Marriage No. 1

Betty met her first husband, Dick Barker, during World War II. He was a pilot. The actress recalled her first relationship as a  “terribly romantic experience.”

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The couple moved to Ohio and settled on a chicken farm. They lived together with Dick’s parents. Betty still remembers how they would send her out to kill a chicken to bring it in for dinner, and she just couldn’t do it saying:

No way! That was a real trauma because I’m such an animal nut.

After eight months the pair divorced, and Betty moved to California.


Marriage No. 2

White’s second husband, Lane Allen, was a theatrical agent. Lane wanted Betty to quit her job and stop acting. The star says he forced her to stay away from show business.

When she refused to do that, Allen asked her to make a choice – their marriage or her work. Betty chose the second option. The couple divorced in 1949 after two years of marriage.


Marriage No.3

Because of her two failed marriages, White confessed she had a tendency to take everything as her own fault. But then, the actress met her third husband and the love of her life, Allen Ludden.

I made two mistakes before Allen, but the love of your life doesn’t come along in every life, so I am very grateful that I found him.

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Betty says Allen was very romantic and enthusiastic about everything around him. They met on the game show Password which Ludden hosted, and the couple immediately felt a mutual attraction. Ludden knew how to steal a woman’s heart. White recalled the moment how he first proposed to her:

Eventually, he wouldn’t even say hello—he’d say, “Will you marry me?” And I’d say, “No way will I get married again.”

Betty kept saying “No” for one year. Finally, on Easter, Ludden sent her a white stuffed bunny with diamond earrings clipped to its ears and a card that said, “Please Say Yes?” Betty called him that evening and instead of “Hello” she said “Yes.”

Betty and Allen lived together in a happy marriage for 18 years until, in 1981, Ludden passed away of stomach cancer. They had no children.

Betty’s favorite mistake

Today, Betty White recalls her previous marriages with a warm smile.

 I’ve had two bad marriages, and they were traumatizing to go through. You really feel like a failure when your marriage doesn’t work. But they did make me appreciate it when the perfect one came along.


Now, Betty calls her two failed marriages her favorite mistakes. The legendary actress says two bad relationships made her feel like a failure but eventually led to finding her true love.

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