Betty White, our fave potty-mouthed grandma, Golden Girl, SNL host, philanthropist, most nominated woman for the Emmy Award, and all-around lovable human being, had some surprisingly sad things to share with Oprah on Oprah: Where Are They Now? recently. As one of the giddiest and most cheerful people on planet earth, it came as a surprise to EVERYONE when Betty revealed she had one major regret. And it had nothing to do with her incredibly successful career.
Oprah asked her, “At 93, do you have any BIG regrets?” And to this question, Betty White told her that she refused Allen Ludden’s (her husband who passed away from stomach cancer in 1981) hand in marriage for an entire year.
“That I spent a whole year, wasted a whole year, that Allen and I could have had together. [I said], no, I wouldn’t marry him. Saying, no, I won’t leave California. No, I won’t move to New York,” Betty told Oprah.
And we get it. As a career woman and very successful person, it can be hard to sacrifice a huge part of your life to be with someone —no matter how much you love them.
“I wasted a whole year we could have had together,” she says. “But we made it. We finally did,” Betty added. The two eventually did get married in 1963, and spent 18 beautiful years together. For that, Betty White is eternally grateful.