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INSIDE BETTY WHITE's tragic heartbreak.
Career-wise Betty remains on top of the world and yet she is haunted by the death of her one great love, husband ALAN LUDDEN.
After making her film debut in Advise and Consent in 1962, Betty had already been married and divorced twice.
Hitting the TV game show circuit with a passion she was a perennial celebrity guest on Password from 1961 to 1975.
Yet Betty and Password host Allen Ludden really hit off away from the game show set when they both guested on The Tonight Show with Jack Paar in 1963.
A smitten Ludden proposed twice to Betty before she finally accepted in 1963.
Happily married, Betty left the game show circuit, making appearances elsewhere like The Mary Tyler Moore show.
But Betty returned to Password Plus in 1979 to stay close to ailing hubby Allen.
Ludden died from stomach cancer June 9, 1981 and a heart broken Betty struggled valiantly, finding success only in her professional life.
Betty has never remarried and the couple had no children.
Despite her brave comedic face to the world, Betty remains hopelessly devoted to Allen's memory, still active in many of their animal charities.