Vicki Lawrence, White's co-star, reveals her final words before she passed away at the age of 99. "That is so sweet. God, I hope that’s true."
Betty White, America's most loved actor, passed away on December 31, just days before turning 100. Friends, co-stars and almost everyone have been remembering her affectionately and paying her their last tributes.
In her last moments, Betty White remembered her late husband, Allen Lude, who she called "the love of my life". She cried out his name, 'Allen', just minutes before passing away, reports Page Six.
Vicki Lawrence, White's friend, and co-star stated that she immediately contacted her friend, Carol Burnett as she heard the news of White's passing away. She recalls, "I texted Carol and said, ‘This just sucks. I hate this. It’s just horrible to see the people you love so much go away.'" She adds, "Carol wrote back and said, ‘I know, I know. I spoke to Betty’s assistant, who was with her when she passed, and she said the very last word out of her mouth was ‘Allen.’ "
From 1963 until his death in 1981, White was married to Allen Ludden. Ludden, who died of stomach cancer at the age of 72, met White when she appeared as a celebrity guest on the game show, Password in 1961, per US Weekly. Lawrence replied to Burnett, "How sweet is that? I said, ‘That is so sweet. God, I hope that’s true. For all of us, I really hope it’s true, a lovely thought.’"
Remembering what it was like working with White, Lawrence says, "Well, you didn’t really work with her, you just had a good time. Carol called it ‘playing in the sandbox,’ and I think that’s exactly what it was." She adds, "Betty was just the perfect playmate. And I have to say this, she was incredibly professional. I don’t remember her ever not being prepared or ever messing up her lines.” She emphasized White's punctuality and professionalism during work.
However, she recalls one time when White was an hour late to set. She says, "This was before cellphones, and everybody was beside themselves because Betty was never late."
Betty White’s last words were “Allen”, she was calling out to her late husband 😭😭😭😭😭 I’m fine I’m fine I’m totally fine— Brunette Bohemian (@Jane_Doe82) January 4, 2022
"And she walks in, in a dither, and says, ‘I’m so sorry, but I was driving here and these two golden retrievers come running out into the intersection and they’re obviously lost. I had to pull over and get them," recalls Lawrence. She adds that White helped the two retrievers and took them home before coming to work. She went ahead to say that White was one of the most humble and sweet people in the industry. She says, "Show business can be so disappointing when you meet people, but Betty was such a lovely lady, and I loved hearing her talk about early, early Hollywood."
Betty White died on New Year’s Eve from natural causes, just weeks away from what would have been her 100th birthday on Jan. 17.— ∼Marietta ⛄ (@ThisIsMarietta) January 4, 2022
She was married to Allen Ludden from 1963 until his death in 1981 at the age of 63 from stomach cancer.
Betty's last words: Allen. ❤😭#reunited pic.twitter.com/AVxtcfZxMg
Lawrence also states that despite her multiple talents, White was also always fun to be around. "She had such a raunchy sense of humor.” She says that even though we all knew that this day would come, the news of White's death was devastating to everyone who was close to her. "I saw that notification on my phone and I thought, ‘Well, this is just the f–king exclamation point at the end of the worst year." White's legacy is grand and her contribution to the entertainment industry will be celebrated for years to come.
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