Why Betty White Never Had Kids of Her Own, But Relished Her Role as Stepmom: 'It Turned Out Great'
Though Betty White never had any of her own biological children, the iconic actress loved the role that she played as a stepmother to three stepchildren.
Back in the early 1960s, White — who died on Friday at age 99, PEOPLE confirmed — was a guest on the televised game show Password, where she met and fell in love with the series' host, Allen Ludden, according to Romper.
After marrying in 1963, White became a stepmother to Ludden's three children: David, Martha and Sarah.
Margaret McGloin — Ludden's first wife, and the mother to his three children — had previously died of cancer in 1961, the outlet reported. Ludden would later die in 1981 from stomach cancer.
Of becoming a stepmother, White previously told PEOPLE, "It turned out great." She added that she felt "blessed" to take on the role.
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While chatting with PEOPLE years back, White's costar from the romantic comedy The Proposal, Sandra Bullock, recalled White's feelings on being a stepmom.
"Betty said, 'You know what? I never had children biologically. I married someone who had three children. And how blessed I was to have those three stepchildren,' " she explained.
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Then, in a 2012 interview with CBS, the Golden Girls star echoed those sentiments when she opened up about why she chose to never become a mother, and whether or not she ever regretted that decision.
"No, I've never regretted it," she said at the time. "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. And I just don't think as compulsive as I am that I could manage both," White added.