Robert Redford Remembers Late Crush Betty White: ‘She Made Us All Laugh’

by Megan Molseed

Longtime actor and official crush of the late Betty White has spoken out in remembrance of the former Golden Girls star. And, in a touching message, fans learn that the feeling was mutual for the movie-star heartthrob.

“She made us all laugh, including me,” Robert Redford tells PEOPLE magazine in a New Year’s Eve statement.

“Betty lived life devoted to her craft and her love of animals,” the eighty-five-year-old actor continues.

She made us all laugh, including me,” Redford adds. “I had a crush on her, too!” 

Betty White and Robert Redford had a longstanding – but certainly innocent – flirtation going on for a number of years.

The actress and comedian has long said that she would love to meet Robert Redford.

So much so that the movie star even reportedly contacted the Golden Girls star one time.

The two didn’t connect, however, as Betty White thought it was a prank call. But White’s Hot In Cleveland costar Wendy Malick says she remembers when Robert Redford left White the message.

“Betty, what can I do?” Betty White’s costar remembers Robert Redford saying in the message.

“I call, I write, you don’t come,” Malick continues of Redford’s effort to get in touch with White.

Betty White’s crush on Robert Redford was so well-known, in fact, that the actress was given a life-sized cut-out of the movie star last year for her 99th birthday.

“For a long time, we had him in the office entryway,” Betty White’s personal assistant Kiersten Mikelas tells PEOPLE. “When she came in, she’d say, ‘Hi sweetheart.'”

Betty White Was Just Days Away From A Major Milestone

While White has joked with her fans that she is in love with Robert Redford and he is “the only one” for her, White’s devotion is without a doubt focused on her late husband Allen Ludden who passed away in 1981.

White passed away in her sleep on the morning of December 31. The iconic actress and comedian was just less than three weeks away from her milestone 100th birthday.

In a statement released earlier today, Betty White’s agent, and friend, Jeff Witjas notes that while we are feeling the great loss of the Mary Tyler Moore Show actress, she “never feared” passing away. This, Witjas notes, is because Betty White knew it was then that she would be reunited with Allen Ludden.

“Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever,” Jeff Witjas notes in a New Year’s Eve statement shortly after news of the heartbreaking loss broke earlier in the day.

“I will miss her terribly and so will the animal world that she loved so much,” the agent continues.

“I don’t think Betty ever feared passing because she always wanted to be with her most beloved husband Allen Ludden,” he adds. “She believed she would be with him again.”