Here's Betty White's greatest regret about her late husband

Rebelander Basilan
Jan 31, 2019
12:10 A.M.
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Legendary actress Betty White regrets not marrying her late husband sooner.

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In an interview with Oprah, the comedy legend opened up about her marriage to celebrity game-show host Allen Ludden.

Betty White and Allen Ludden. | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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They had no children together, but she became stepmother to his three children from his first marriage.

“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 said. "I wasted a whole year we could have had together."

White and Ludden married in 1963. They shared a wonderful married life until his death in 1981. He died of stomach cancer.

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Now 96 years old, White has been a popular television personality for more than 70 years.

REJECTED TWICE

White first met Ludden during her stint on the celebrity game-show “Password”.

She had hesitations about marrying Ludden at first, having been through two failed marriages. Her first marriage was to Dick Barker, a U.S. Army Air Corps pilot. They married in 1945. After divorcing Barker, White married Lane Allen, a Hollywood agent. But their marriage ended with a divorce two years later.

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She rejected his marriage proposal twice. It took a year before she said yes. They tied the knot on June 14, 1963.

They had no children together, but she became stepmother to his three children from his first marriage.

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LONG, HAPPY LIFE

White has not remarried since Ludden’s death.

White is one of the oldest living female celebrity in Hollywood.

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She earlier shared that one of the biggest secrets of her long life is her philosophy toward life. This philosophy is to always “keep your glass full, rather than half empty.”

White said staying positive and looking at the brighter side of life rather than all the negativity is key to a happy life. "It sounds so trite, but a lot of people will pick out something to complain about, rather than say, 'Hey, that was great!” she said.

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