The 98-year-old has been married three times in her life — the first to U.S. Army pilot Dick Barker in 1945 (they split the same year). Following that relationship, the actress tied the knot with actor and Hollywood agent Lane Allen in 1947 in a marriage that lasted two years — Lane passed away in 1995.
While the Golden Girls star — who played Rose Nylund on the beloved sitcom — did not have any kids with her first two husbands, that changed with her third and final marriage to TV personality Allen Ludden. Not only was it her longest marriage, lasting from 1963 to 1981, but Betty was able to be a stepmom to his three children — David, Martha, and Sarah — from his previous marriage to Margaret McGloin, who died in 1961. Sadly, the Password host passed away in 1981 after a battle with stomach cancer. Betty has yet to remarry.
“I miss having someone to hold,” Betty once confessed in the aftermath of her husband’s death. “[But] if you’ve had the best, who needs the rest?” As to how she dealt with Allen’s passing, she revealed, “There’s no formula. Keep busy with your work and your life. You can’t become a professional mourner. It doesn’t help you or others. Keep the person in your heart all the time. Replay the good times. Be grateful for the years you had.”
Allen may have passed, but The Mary Tyler Moore alum is still a loving stepmom to his three children.
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