Court Documents Reveal Betty White Took Care Of Late Husband Allen Ludden’s Three Children Long After His Death

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Jan. 18 2022, Published 5:50 p.m. ET

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Hollywood icon Betty White made sure the ones she loved most were taken care of.

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Prior to Allen Ludden losing his battle with cancer in 1981 at the age of 63, the late game show host amended his will, with him leaving everything he had to White and his kids from a previous marriage. Following some turn of events, White took it upon herself to make sure her late husband's children were taken care of.

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According to court documents obtained by Radar, Ludden — who the Mary Tyler Moore Show star was married to from 1963 until his death — named White, as well as a man named Norton Brown as the co-trustees of the estate.

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The television personality had set up two different trusts: one to take care of the funny lady and the other to ensure the financial stability of his brother Frank along with Ludden's children and grandchild. Though White and Ludden didn't have any children of their own, White raised Ludden's kids, David, Sarah, and Martha, as such.

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Apart from White being awarded all of her late husband's personal possessions including his jewelry, clothing and furniture, the couple’s L.A. mansion and Northern California property they built was listed in the will, per Radar.

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According to the outlet, White returned to court in 2008 to ask for the terms of the will to be modified after her co-trustee of the estate died. Looking out for the kids' best interests, the Hot In Cleveland star made it clear she talked to all of Ludden’s children, and they came up with two people who would take over in case White passed away.

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The Golden Girls star explained all of the children agreed with her decision to modify the will. The judge swiftly signed off on the motion.

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As OK! previously reported, the comedy legend passed away on December 31 at the age of 99, only days before her 100th birthday.

White had suffered a cerebrovascular accident six days before she died peacefully in her sleep. According to a source close to the star, White was "alert" and "coherent" after the stroke and prior to her death.


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