Betty White Had Three Stepchildren With Her Late Husband: Everything to Know

by Amanda Glover

Although the lovely Betty White never had children of her own, she was a stepmother to her late husband’s three children. Did you already know that, Outsiders?

The actress/comedian passed away on New Year’s Eve at the age of 99 from natural causes.

But White never married a fourth time after the death of the love of her life, Allen Ludden, in 1981. In 2014, she told Larry King, “Once you’ve had the best, who needs the rest? He was everything that he purported to be. You’d see him on camera and he was charming and all that. But when you got to know him, he really was that person. He wasn’t somebody being somebody on camera.” Guess it’s true what they say; true love never dies.

After the couple married, White became the loving stepmother to David, Martha, and Sarah Ludden.

The Golden Girls star discussed being a stepmother to People magazine. “It turned out great. 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.”

She added that even though she didn’t have children of her own, she was lucky to spend the last seven decades as a stepmother.

Get to Know Betty White’s Stepchildren

In the wake of The Mary Tyler Moore actress’s death, fans are learning more and more about Betty White. For one, she shared three stepchildren with her late husband.

The oldest stepchild, David Ludden, was reportedly born in 1948. David is the proud owner of a Ph.D. from The University of Pennsylvania. He was a South Asian history teacher at the university until 2007. Today, he teaches Asian history at New York University. Reportedly, David is a published author, having written two South Asian history books. He won the Guggenheim Fellowship for Humanities Award.

Martha Ludden was reportedly born in 1950. Although Martha clashed with her father over his marriage to White so soon after her mother’s death, the three were able to rekindle. Martha earned her law degree in 1990 and ended up working with people with disabilities.

Sarah Ludden was born in 1952. Unlike Martha, Sarah’s relationship with White was never negative. She reportedly stepped in when the two got into arguments. As she got older, Sarah pursued careers as an audiologist, martial artist, and dancer. She also founded the Thousand Waves Scholarship Fund. The funds gave more than $100k in tuition assistance to her students.

We think it’s safe to say White was proud of her stepchildren.