KEY POINTS

  • Betty White's last word on her deathbed was a "sweet" tribute to her late husband
  • White was married to Allen Ludden for 18 years until his death in 1981 at age 63
  • Vicki Lawrence worked with White on the 1980s sitcom "Mama's Family"

Betty White's final word before her death on  Dec. 31, 2021, at the age of 99, sheds light on just how much love she had for her late husband, Allan Ludden.

The revelation was made by actor Vicki Lawrence, who worked with White on the 1980s sitcom “Mama’s Family." Lawrence reached out to co-star and friend Carol Burnett as soon as she heard the tragic news of White's passing, she exclusively told Page Six

“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,’” 72-year-old Lawrence said.

“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.’” Lawrence continued, “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.’”

Meanwhile, Jeff Witjas, White’s agent and friend, neither confirmed nor denied White's last word. However, he did reveal that White never feared dying because “she always wanted to be with her most beloved husband Allen Ludden. She believed she would be with him again,” per People.

Betty White Actress Betty White is pictured on June 20, 2015. Photo: Amanda Edwards/WireImage

White was married to Ludden, who was best known for hosting game shows like “Password,” in 1963, until his death in 1981 at the age of 63 due to stomach cancer, per HuffPost.

Lawrence then went on to talk about how it was to work with the legend herself.

“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 shared. “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.”

Apart from her skill and talent as an actor, Lawrence mentioned that White also had a wicked sense of humor. “Oh God, she was so bawdy! She was such a naughty girl,” she exclaimed. “She had such a raunchy sense of humor.”

Apparently, Lawrence was aware White didn't have much time left, but to know that she had passed was a horrible feeling, she admitted. “I saw that notification [about White’s death] on my phone and I thought, ‘Well, this is just the f–king exclamation point at the end of the worst year,’” she recalled. “It was like, ’And furthermore, Betty’s gone. That’s just g****n perfect.”