Betty White turns 95 years old today and many wonder about how she’ll spend the day. According to Good Morning America, White will have some friends over for a game of poker and will indulge in just one vodka tonic drink.
So, does America’s sweetheart have anyone special in her life or children to be by her side? White never had any children of her own, though she was stepmother to her late husband Allen Ludden’s three children from his first marriage. Get to know White’s three husbands below, starting with her first.
Dick Barker was White’s first husband and they married as well as divorced in the same year, 1945. Barker was an U.S. Army Air Corps pilot and the marriage was extremely short. White has said that, prior to her third husband, she didn’t marry the “right men.”
Betty White was married to her second husband Lane Allen for about two years, from 1947 – 1949. Allen worked as a Hollywood agent. In an interview with New You, White previously stated, “I wish I didn’t have two bad marriages. They were probably my fault.”
Betty White married Allen Ludden in 1963 and she remained his wife until his death in 1981, when he died of stomach cancer. Ludden was a host and TV personality, who she met on the game show Password in 1961. White took on Ludden’s last name and the couple appeared together on several game shows. And, Mary Tyler Moore, along with her then-husband Grant Tinker were good friends of Ludden and White. Ludden reportedly proposed to White several times before she actually accepted, according to Daily Mail. White never remarried after Ludden and once told Larry King, “Once you’ve had the best, who needs the rest?” White has also said, “I had lovely relationships, but not anything in the league of Allen.”
One regret that White had from her relationship with Ludden was a waste of time as she said on the Today Show, “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.”
Check out White singing with her late husband Ludden in the below video clip.