Meet Allen Ludden, the beloved game show host from the 1960s through the 1970s. See his biography, photos and video here.
Betty White, the wife of the late Allen Ludden, appeared tonight on “Million Dollar Password”.
As a biography, Allen Ludden was born on October 5, 1917 in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. His birth name was Allen Packard Ellsworth; Ludden is the last name of his stepfather. In 1940, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Texas with a degree in English and dramatics. He also received his masters degree from UT in 1941. After college, Allen joined the army. He was discharged as a captain in 1946.
Having left the army, Allen was ready to start his career. He began as a youth advisor, both in print and on the radio. “Mind Your Manners”, his radio show for teens, received a Peabody in 1950. From there he became one of the most well-known game show hosts on network television. His main gig was hosting “Password” on both CBS and ABC, which he did from 1961 to 1975. He began hosting “Password Plus” on NBC in 1979, but he had to quit after being diagnosed with stomach cancer. He died from the disease on June 9, 1981. “The Best of Password” is available on DVD.
On June 14, 1963, Allen married Betty White. They had met on “Password”, and he proposed twice before she said yes. She was his second wife; Allen was previously married to Margaret McGloin, with whom he had three children. He was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame after his death. Betty White appeared tonight on the generation of the classic game show, “Million Dollar Password”. Her partner in crime was Adam Carolla.
See more photos of Betty White and a video below.
Allen Ludden Video – “Password”