The 97-year-old has been married three times in her life — the first to US 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 did not have any kids with her first two husbands, her third and final marriage to TV personality Allen Ludden not only was her longest (1963-1981), 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, Allen also passed away in 1981 after a battle with stomach cancer.
“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 stepmom to his three children.
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