Allen Ludden was a beloved TV personality best known for his roles on Password and other game shows. He was also an actor, singer, and emcee. He was born Allen Packard Ellsworth on October 5, 1917, in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. His father died during the flu epidemic in 1919, and his mother married Homer Ludden when he was about five years old. He took his stepfather’s name after that.
He attended high school before taking time off to work and travel. He then attended the University of Texas, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He transferred to the Army during World War II, and he was sent to Hawaii where he was in charge of entertainment for the soldiers. He used his theatrical talents to put on shows and social events for the troops.
Ludden returned to WTIC Radio after the war. He hosted a popular series called Mind Your Manners for teenagers that won an honorable mention Peabody award. After that, he was hired to host a new game show called Password. The simple but engaging program had high audience popularity ratings from the start. White appeared on the show as a celebrity guest in 1961. She thought he was very nice and handsome, which led to their romance. The two were married for 18 years before he died in 1981 from stomach cancer.
White never remarried, and she died on December 31 at the age of 99. She has since been buried next to her husband in a cemetery in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. The Sun newspaper recently shared photos of his modest tombstone.
The Golden Girls and Mary Tyler Moore actress had several children from her first marriages. But she only ever wanted one husband and was devoted to her late husband until her death. In fact, she reportedly spoke his name as she was dying. This was according to a close friend of the star. PageSix reported that Vicki Lawrence, 72, revealed this to the outlet.
She told the publication that White’s last word was the name of her late husband. She was thinking of him, and she wanted to make sure his wishes were carried out. She said she consulted with all her children and came up with two people to manage her estate in case she passed away.
While fans mourn the passing of Betty White, many former co-stars are remembering her for her kindness and generosity. They are sharing their heartwarming personal memories of her on social media. Some of them even made a video tribute to her. Here’s a look at some of their touching moments with the TV legend.