Actress Betty White was never shy about her crush on actor Robert Redford.
On the day before she died, “The Proposal” costar Ryan Reynolds jokingly referred to “The Golden Girls” actress as his “ex-girlfriend” and sarcastically shaded the media for using their relationship as clickbait.
“I’ve heard Ryan can’t get over his thing for me,” White told People. “But Robert Redford is The One.”
When she turned 99, White revealed that she was given a lifesize cutout of the actor for her birthday. Her longtime personal assistant, Kiersten Mikelas joked, “For a long time, we had him in the office entryway. When she came in, she’d say, ‘Hi, sweetheart.’”
Although it seems nothing ever happened between them, Redford, 85, recently admitted that he had a crush on her too!
Robert Redford Remembers Late Crush, Betty White
Betty White died suddenly on New Year’s Eve. The news came as a shock to many, as White was busy making preparations to celebrate her 100th birthday on January 17, 2022.
“Betty lived life devoted to her craft and her love of animals,” Redford told People. “She made us all laugh, including me. I had a crush on her too.”
Betty White married Dick Barker in 1945, although the relationship didn’t last more than a year. She later married Lane Allen from 1947 to 1949. It was her relationship with Allen Ludden that really stuck, and they stayed married from 1963 until his death in 1981. White remained faithfully devoted to Ludden even after his death.
Her agent, Jeff Witjas, told People that White died “peacefully” in her sleep.
“Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever,” Witjas said. “I will miss her terribly and so will the animal world that she loved so much. I don’t think Betty ever feared passing because she always wanted to be with her most beloved husband Allen Ludden. She believed she would be with him again.”
White Had PLENTY Of Unrequired Crushes
Even though White never moved on from Ludden, she still got plenty of offers! After she passed away, Bob Saget penned a touching tribute to the late actress and joked about the time he asked her to join the Mile High Club with him!
“We were on an ABC jet once for a junket and I was sitting across from her, both of us sipping Bloody Mary’s. We had been laughing for hours— I looked into her eyes and faux romantically said, ‘How ‘bout it, Betty, you and me in the bathroom? Mile High Club?’ She answered me before I had a chance to finish the invite— ‘Of course, Bob, you go in there first and I’ll meet you as soon as I finish my drink.’ And then of course she went right to sipping from her straw. I waited in that bathroom for over two hours. (That would be the joke on a joke part, in case you take things literally.)”
“We all loved her for a reason,” he wrote. “Because, deep down, she’s an example of who we all want to be. A bright light of love, and hope, and optimism.”
“I only had the pleasure of crossing paths with her a few times in my life,” he continued. “But those few times made an incredible impact on my life, and I will cherish them always. And while I never got an answer as to whether or not she’d make me the proud mother of her children, I will never forget her, or her kiss, as long as I live.”
“Which, if I’m lucky, will be as long and fruitful as she did,” he added. “Rest in love, Betty. No doubt heaven just got a h—uva lot funnier, and classier, with your arrival.”