Does Betty White Have a Boyfriend?

Betty White has been a beloved part of the American media landscape for decades. Not only was White the very first woman to host a television talk show, but she’s also the oldest person to ever host Saturday Night Live.  She’s even in the Guinness Book of World Records. But what about her love life? Does Betty White have a boyfriend? Here’s what we know.

Who is Betty White?

Betty White
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Born on January 17, 1922, Illinois native Betty Marion White moved to Los Angeles with her parents Horace and Tess when she was two years old. At age 8, White landed her first showbiz job (a radio show in which she voiced the part of a crippled orphan, says Mental Floss) and has been delighting audiences ever since.

Most recently, White provided the voice of Bitey White in the animated Disney series, Forky Asks a Question, but the five-foot-four actress is better known for her roles as the bubbleheaded Rose Nylund on Golden Girls and The Mary Tyler Moore Show’s ever-scheming Sue Ann Nivens.

Betty White’s relationship history

So far, White’s been to the altar three times. On July 7, 1945, she wed U.S. Army Air Corps pilot Frederick Barker. That marriage lasted for less than a year.

Her second marriage, which began on November 2, 1947, endured for a year and a half before Betty and Canadian-born film actor Lane Allen called it quits.

Twice married and divorced before age 30, it may have seemed that White was not destined for marital bliss. That all changed in 1961 when Betty flew to New York to appear on a brand-new TV game show called Password. Hosted by bespectacled widower Allan Ludden, the popular game featured two pairs of celebrity contestants who vied to be the first to guess words via one-word clues.

White and Ludden hit it off right away, but each had work obligations on opposite sides of the country. That didn’t stop Ludden from wooing White from a distance, however. After proposing twice, he finally got Betty to say “I do” at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas on June 14, 1963, and the pair enjoyed a happy and successful marriage until Allan’s death in 1981.

Betty told Closer Weekly that her only regret in life was not marrying Allen Ludden sooner.

“You better realize how good life is while it’s happening, because before you know it, it will all be gone.”

After the loss of her most beloved husband, White devoted herself to sitcom work and the animal charities she holds dear to this day. At one point, the blue-eyed comedic actress revealed that she missed having someone to hold, adding wistfully: “If you’ve had the best, who needs the rest?”

Betty White is single and loving it

When she was a youngster of just 87, White explained to TV Guide magazine that although alone, she felt more than fortunate to be able to devote her golden years to animals and entertainment.

“I’m the luckiest person in the world,” she said. “My life is divided in absolute half: half animals, half show business. They’re the two things I love the most and I have to stay in show business to pay for my animal work!”

White, who famously noted that despite her age, she’s still hot, proved the same when Radar Online revealed that the sassy comedienne had been seen on the arm of an unnamed ‘secret suitor’ back in 2017. Sources close to White explained that the then-95-year old Betty was ‘really into’ the guy but broke up with him ‘after the initial lust period cooled off.’  

Named one of America’s most eligible single women in a poll by Vanity Fair magazine, White still considers Ludden ‘the love of her life.’ As far as we can tell, the 98-year old comic actress hasn’t come close to marrying anyone else since his demise. Nor is she planning to retire anytime soon.

Unencumbered and loving life, Betty White turned 98 in January. Shortly before the party, a close friend of the beloved actress revealed that White who ‘still likes to drink, laugh, and tell stories‘ planned to celebrate at her Brentwood home with her late husband Ludden’s three adult children: David, Martha, and Sarah Ludden.