THE news of Betty White’s death on the final day of 2021 stunned the globe.
Since her death, the subject of whether White has children and grandchildren has been on the mind of many.
Did Betty White have grandchildren?
White never had children or grandchildren of her own.
She did, however, have three stepchildren with her late husband, Allen Ludden, who died on June 9, 1981.
Margaret McGloin, Ludden's first wife, died in 1948 with three children surviving her: David, Martha, and Sarah.
Sarah traveled to Chicago to begin a karate studio, while David went on to become an author and university professor. Martha earned her law degree in 1990 and works with people with disabilities.
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She told CBS in 2012 about motherhood: "No, I've never regretted [not having children]. I'm so compulsive about stuff, I know if I had ever gotten pregnant, of course, that would have been my whole focus."
"But I didn’t choose to have children because I’m focused on my career,” she said. “And I just don’t think as compulsive as I am, that I could manage both."
And though she does have step-grandchildren, there is no information released about their identities.
Was Betty White married?
White was married three times during the course of her life.
Her first husband was army pilot Dick Barker, although their relationship barely lasted a year. In 1945, the pair married and divorced.
After that, in 1947, White married Lane Allen. Allen worked as a casting director and actor, which first appeared to be beneficial to White. However, in 1949, they divorced.
White's career in show business looked to take off after their divorce.
After meeting in 1961, White married Allen Ludden in 1963.
Ludden hosted game show programs, and White appeared as a guest on one of them, Password.
He passed away in 1981 from stomach cancer, and at the time of her death, it is reported that she called out to him.
What was Betty White’s cause of death?
White died in her sleep at her home in Brentwood, California at around 9.30am local time. She was 99 years old at the time.
Jeff Witjas, her agent and friend, confirmed her death, which occurred three weeks before her 100th birthday.
“Betty died peacefully in her sleep at her home early this morning,” Witjas told People.
He also said: “Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever. I will miss her terribly and so will the animal world that she loved so much.
“I don’t think Betty ever feared passing because she always wanted to be with her most beloved husband Allen Ludden. She believed she would be with him again.”
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