Betty White was stepmother to her third husband Allen Ludden's three children: David, Martha and Sarah
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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.

BETTY WHITE with her family. The Ludden family, SARAH, DAVID, husband ALLEN, MARTHA, BETTY WHITE, and their dogs, Willie and Emma
Betty White with husband Allen Ludden, children Sarah, David and Martha and dogs Willie and Emma
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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.