When a famous person dies, a large number of individuals lament their loss, including their family and admirers. However, when word arrived that Betty White had passed away only days before turning 100, it almost seemed as though the world had grown a little sadder. That’s because she had legions of followers, which is why so many people petitioned for Betty to host SNL.
To say the least, when Betty White breathed her last, she left behind a pretty amazing legacy. More significantly, Betty left a legacy of bringing entertainment to the globe for decades. Despite the fact that Betty had legions of dedicated admirers, many people are unaware of whether or not she was loved by her family.
Most of the time, when individuals achieve fame, they should temper their expectations. After all, the great majority of stars fade away not long after the rest of the world discovers who they are.
Fortunately for Betty White, this was not the case for her. Betty began her entertainment career in radio and went on to become a TV and movie star for decades.
Even though Betty White had a lot of success in Hollywood, the fact is that she had a lot less luck in her personal life. Betty White was married and divorced twice between 1945 and 1981.
Sadly, Betty’s first marriage ended after just eight months, and she divorced around two years after her second marriage.
Betty White discussed why she never had biological children in a 2012 interview with CBS.
«No, I’ve never been sorry. I’m so obsessive about things that I’m sure if I ever got pregnant, it would have been my whole focus. But I chose not to have children since I am preoccupied with my profession. And I don’t believe I could handle both as obsessive as I am. »
Even while Betty White was quite explicit about preferring her job above pregnancy, that doesn’t mean she was never a mother figure to anybody.
Betty White married one final time in 1963, to a guy called Allen Ludden, whom she obviously admired; she once vowed she’d never remarry after Allen died since she’d already had «the finest.» Ludden’s three children from a previous relationship became Betty’s stepchildren.
Even after Allen died in 1981, Betty continued to refer to his children, David, Martha, and Sarah, as her stepchildren until her death.
Betty White previously told People about having three stepchildren. Betty remarked at the time that she felt «fortunate» to have her children in her life and that «everything worked out beautifully.» While there is no reason to doubt such statements, anybody over a certain age understands that things are seldom so straightforward.
Tensions develop almost immediately when a parent accepts a new spouse or partner. Unfortunately, according to sources, Betty White and her stepchildren did not always have it easy.
When Betty and Allen Ludden married, his children were reaching adulthood, including his oldest daughter Martha, who was an adolescent. First of all, even if their family isn’t going through a major transition, teens may be difficult to get along with. With that in mind, it’s no wonder that Martha first turned down Betty, according to Pop Crunch.
«Martha was young, and she was vehemently opposed to the marriage.» She was furious at her father and made it apparent that she did not like Betty. » Betty White’s relationship with her stepdaughter, Martha Ludden, was allegedly «strained from the start,» which generated additional family conflicts.
According to sources, Betty’s third husband battled often with his daughter for a while. Allen used to argue with Martha about Betty’s rage all the time.
Aside from a strained relationship with her oldest stepdaughter, Betty White was said to get along well with her other stepchildren.
Also, Betty and Martha Ludden seem to have put their differences aside a long time ago, which lets her stay close to all of her stepchildren.
So, when Betty turned 98 in 2020, a friend said that all of her stepchildren were invited to the party, even though their father had been dead for a long time and they could have stopped talking to Betty if they wanted to.
On another occasion, one of Betty White’s close friends discussed the iconic actress’s relationship with her stepchildren. Betty considered herself «fortunate» to be a stepmother. Betty said, «You know what? I never had biological children. I married a woman with three children. And how fortunate I was to have three stepchildren. «