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September 30, 2021

Betty White Never Remarried after Allen Ludden's Death and Is Doting Stepmother to His 3 Children

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Famous actress Betty White was married a few times, but her third and final marriage proved to be her best, and after her lover's death, she decided not to remarry and became a sweet stepmom to his kids.

Having a family is an experience everyone craves, including celebrities, and family might not always be biological. Still, the bond and love shared with loved ones make it difficult to separate and go different ways.

After two failed marriages, actress Betty White finally found the love she had been searching for in her third husband, Allen Ludden, and she was so in love that she decided to remain single after his death.

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WHO IS BETTY WHITE?

Hollywood golden girl Betty White is one of the few surviving stars of the olden days. She enjoyed a career spanning more than six decades and was known for her comic roles as well as charming appeal.

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The 99-year-old remains one of the few stars to have seen Hollywood evolve from what it was to what it is now. White finds it challenging to understand and relate with today's world of celebrities as they reflect nothing of how the old-timers ran it.

The actress believes today's stars such as Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen abuse their celebrity status and do not understand its value but grumble and act unprofessionally.

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WHITE AND LUDDEN'S ROMANCE

While her career has been incredible, her personal life is also noteworthy as the actress walked down the aisle a number of times, and two of her marriages ended as shortly as they began. However, her union with Ludden turned out to be an experience of a lifetime.

White has been recognized as one of the most eligible singles in the world, leaving fans to wonder why she chose to remain so for more than a quarter of her life.

The actress was once quoted asking who needs the rest after having the best, making reference to her lack of desire to find a fourth husband following the passing of her third husband, game show host Ludden.

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White believes she made two mistakes before finding the love of her life and has no regrets about finding love with Ludden even if it did not last as long as they both would have hoped for.

"The Golden Girls" star was first married to U.S. army pilot Dick Barker in 1945, and her next marriage took place two years later as she walked down the aisle with Hollywood agent Lane Allen in 1947. After two years together, they divorced, however.

At 39 in 1961, White met Ludden, who was a widower at the time and a father of three. The duo met when White appeared as a contestant on Ludden's popular game show, "Password," and at the time, the actress was in a relationship with someone else.

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Eventually, both stars fell in love, and although White rejected his proposal twice, his persistence later got the best of her, and they walked down the aisle in 1963, making it the third time the actress said, "I do."

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After 18 years of blissful relationship, Ludden passed away from stomach cancer in 1981, leaving his grieving wife heartbroken with nothing but good memories and his three kids to care for.

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In a chat with Oprah Winfrey, White claimed her biggest mistake was taking time to accept Ludden's proposal, noting that she spent a year rejecting him, a period would have been spent in building memories.

Although she has never married after Ludden, White admitted that sometimes she misses him when around other couples and witnesses their physical display of affection.

White has no special formula in keeping herself strong following the loss of a loved one; instead, she keeps busy with work as she believes being a mourner does not help a person or those around them.

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NO REGRETS 

Not having children is the least of White's regrets. The actress is a proud stepmom to the three kids left behind by the love of her life and thus never regretted not having her biological children.

In an interview, she explained that if she had gotten pregnant, she would have focused solely on that and would have had to choose between her career and being a mom, a position she never wanted to be in.

She said, "No, I've never regretted it. I'm so compulsive about stuff; I know if I had ever gotten pregnant, of course, that would have been my whole focus. But I didn't choose to have children because I'm focused on my career. And I just don't think as compulsive as I am that I could manage both."

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HER STEPCHILDREN

The best part of White's life is caring and being there for her stepkids, who equally love her and are proud of her. Her late husband, Ludden, welcomed his kids David, Martha, and Sarah with his first spouse, Margaret McGloin.

Ludden and McGloin spent 18 years together until her death in 1961. When the TV presenter met and fell in love with "The Golden Girls" star, together, they raised his kids as a bonded family.

The Emmy Award-winner often gushes about how lucky she is to have had those three children through her relationship with Ludden, and each of her stepchildren has got great lives.

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The eldest, David, was a teen when Ludden and White tied the knot, and like the rest of his siblings, he prefers to live a rather quiet life despite having famous figures around him.

David found a career for himself in the world of academics. He served as a history professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he taught South Asian history and development studies until 2007.

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Martha, Ludden's oldest daughter, was in her early teens when Ludden married White, and she resented the marriage and often made it clear that she disapproved of the actress and would go on to have a strained relationship with her father.  

It is unclear if Martha and White have a good relationship, but the actress speaks of her family with delight; one can imagine that all might be well.

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Sarah, White's youngest stepchild, was born in 1952 and was nine when her mom died, but unlike her older sister, Martha, Sarah shared a good relationship with White and would often interfere whenever Martha picked up a fight with the actress.

Sarah enjoyed a career owning a karate school, but she remains grateful for the family she had. White's love for her stepchildren reportedly inspired her friend Sandra Bullock to adopt her children. White has shown that motherhood does not have to be biological as long as one can care and love.

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