The charismatic and legendary Betty White passed away this week at the age of 99, less than three weeks before her 100th birthday.
But as she so perfectly put it in an interview, "in the middle of all that, was the greatest love of my life. I had 18 wonderful years with Allen Ludden."
Here we look back at Betty's "true love": her beloved late husband Allen.
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Betty White and Allen Ludden's love story.
In 1961, in her late 30s, Betty appeared on the popular American television program, Password. Hosting the game show was veteran TV personality Allen Ludden.
Speaking about their meeting, Betty reflected: "The host was very charming and very attractive."
What Betty didn't come to know until later was that during filming, Allen's wife, Margaret McGloin, was dying of cancer. Margaret passed during the week Betty appeared on the show.
"He had these three kids who had lost their mother, who were nine, 10 and 13 at the time. And somehow, we all became instant friends," Betty recalled to the Archive of American Television.
"He was so nice and we felt like we knew each other."
While the pair got to know one another, Betty was steady with someone else. But Allen kept asking Betty to marry him.