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Allen Ludden

Despite the kids from his first marriage, he was basically gay, right?

I always had the impression that Allen and Betty White were like Kitty Carlisle and Moss Hart -- a marriage of best friends where the woman wasn't particularly interested in sex. Certainly there never was any gossip of affairs, and after Ludden died Betty declared him the only love of her life and never seemed to want a steady male companion again. Plus Betty never had (or wanted) kids, and she and the stepkids never really got along.

What's Allen Ludden's story?

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by Anonymousreply 38Last Monday at 12:11 PM

She seemed like a real cunt to the stepchildren.

by Anonymousreply 105/31/2017

I thought she got along fine with his kids, guess I was wrong. What's the scoop?

by Anonymousreply 205/31/2017

Betty got a real thrill out of pushing little Jenny Lewis out the door. She mentioned in the latest Golden Girls book that she relished doing it because she couldn't stand "the child actor" they got for the role. That she was too Hollywood acting and insincere in her delivery. She even added that she put a little heft into her hand

I could only imagine Bea's reaction if she were around to read that.

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by Anonymousreply 305/31/2017

That's funny cause Jenny Lewis had nothing but good things to say about Betty in an interview. And Betty has no right to talk about Hollywood acting.

by Anonymousreply 405/31/2017

The Password is "covfefe".

by Anonymousreply 505/31/2017
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by Anonymousreply 605/31/2017

The Lewis quotes were odd. They seemed so unlike Betty, and against her usual grain. Reading it, I was a bit taken aback.

Perhaps the writer captured Betty in a bad mood that day.

by Anonymousreply 705/31/2017

Allen Ludden hit on me back in the late 70s at Studio One (gay club in LA)- don't remember who he was with, but it wasn't Betty. True story!

by Anonymousreply 805/31/2017

Wow that's pretty mean of her r3. It's one thing if the kid was smart ass with an attitude problem, but giving her a hard shove because she wasn't a great actress is pretty rough.

by Anonymousreply 905/31/2017

The password is .... BEARD.

by Anonymousreply 1005/31/2017

The password is... gullible.

by Anonymousreply 1105/31/2017

When Betty was the honoree on This is Your Life in 1987, there was no appearance of her stepchildren via Ludden.

by Anonymousreply 1205/31/2017

Betty said in a bio on YT that one of her marriages ended because she didn't want to have children and he did. So, not really a surprise.

by Anonymousreply 1305/31/2017

I eondet if Betty's comments weren't meant to be tongue in cheek. I mean, who says that??

by Anonymousreply 1405/31/2017

R I P

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by Anonymousreply 1505/31/2017

He and Betty are on an old rerun of "Tattletales" right now, by sheer coincidence, and I must admit he is coming across as a major ass on this show. They don't even look like they really like each other here. Strange. Now that someone mentioned the beard marriage thing, I guess it really is possible.

by Anonymousreply 1605/31/2017

Ludden being gay is a recurring rumor. No real evidence beyond some vague anecdotes.

by Anonymousreply 1705/31/2017

gay.

by Anonymousreply 1805/31/2017

I eondet if Betty's comments weren't meant to be tongue in cheek.

Eondet, covfefe, covfefe, eondet... Let's call tbe whole thibg ogf!!

by Anonymousreply 1905/31/2017

I Luv the Luddens!!!

by Anonymousreply 20Last Monday at 5:00 AM

Who is this Allen Ludden troll? Ludden died a billion fucking years ago and was a minor tv game show host.

by Anonymousreply 21Last Monday at 5:39 AM

He was a major host. Wink Martindale defines minor.

by Anonymousreply 22Last Monday at 5:58 AM

Never got the love for Betty. She always gave off a bitch vibe to me.

So, DL's frequent warm fuzzy comments about her remain a puzzlement.

by Anonymousreply 23Last Monday at 6:01 AM

^^Same. It wouldn’t surprise me if she meant it about Jenny. It could be exaggerated but in my experience old people tend to take off the gloves. In any event, I don’t think she would have come this far in show business without some bitch-on-wheels drive, right or wrong. I remember hearing somewhere she was more like Sue Ann in real life.

by Anonymousreply 24Last Monday at 6:30 AM

I don't associate nerdiness with gayness. Allen Ludden doesn't ping to me.

by Anonymousreply 25Last Monday at 6:37 AM

[quote] He was a major host.

I'm STILL "major"!

It's the TV game shows that got minor...

by Anonymousreply 26Last Monday at 6:44 AM

Ludden being gay is a recurring rumor - AT THE DATALOUNGE

by Anonymousreply 27Last Monday at 8:12 AM

[quote]She mentioned in the latest Golden Girls book that she relished doing it because she couldn't stand "the child actor" they got for the role.

The GG episodes that featured a kid as a guest star were always some of the weaker episodes. And 80s child actors were the fucking worst, they were always so obnoxious and couldn't act.

by Anonymousreply 28Last Monday at 8:28 AM

Mary Tyler Moore said in an interview years ago the Betty was more like Sue Ann Nivens than people would imagine...

by Anonymousreply 29Last Monday at 8:36 AM

I know one of Betty White's step daughters! Apparently, she was fine to them--not warm or very maternal, but fine. One of Ludden's daughters has some issues (mental, I think), and Betty has footed the bill for her care.

by Anonymousreply 30Last Monday at 9:04 AM

[quote] the Betty was more like Sue Ann Nivens than people would imagine...

Now where have I heard that before, R29? Oh, yeah, MY goddamn post. Try contributing something original for once.

by Anonymousreply 31Last Monday at 10:40 AM

R30, When Betty was the subject of a 1987 prime time "live" edition of "This Is Your Life", none of the stepchildren appeared or were even mentioned.

by Anonymousreply 32Last Monday at 10:45 AM

LOL, I just realized that I was R12 in 2017.

by Anonymousreply 33Last Monday at 10:47 AM

Some of my fellow eldergays surely remember Allen as the host of the "GE College Bowl."

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by Anonymousreply 34Last Monday at 11:03 AM

She never wanted kids so I'm guessing she didn't make a strong effort to bond with Allen's kids. Allen was straight.

by Anonymousreply 35Last Monday at 11:21 AM

A lot of people in that game show world knew that Allen Ludden had a close friendship with fellow host Tom Kennedy (Split Second, Name That Tune.) I always wondered if they were more than just "friends."

by Anonymousreply 36Last Monday at 11:56 AM

Tom Kennedy's brother was fellow game show host Jack Narz.

by Anonymousreply 37Last Monday at 12:06 PM

r31/r24

My deepest apologies.

by Anonymousreply 38Last Monday at 12:11 PM
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