Allen Ludden
Allen Ludden

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Name: Allen Ludden
Occupation: Game Show Host
Gender: Male
Birth Day: October 5, 1917
Death Date: Jun 9, 1981 (age 63)
Age: Aged 63
Birth Place: Mineral Point, United States
Zodiac Sign: Libra

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Allen Ludden

Allen Ludden was born on October 5, 1917 in Mineral Point, United States (63 years old). Allen Ludden is a Game Show Host, zodiac sign: Libra. Find out Allen Luddennet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.


He hosted many TV shows including GE College Bowl.

Does Allen Ludden Dead or Alive?

As per our current Database, Allen Ludden died on Jun 9, 1981 (age 63).

Net Worth

Net Worth 2020

$5 Million

Salary 2020

Not known

Before Fame

He briefly worked as a teen column advisor in local magazines and radio stations.

Biography Timeline


Ludden was the first child of Elmer Ellsworth, a Nebraska native living in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, and working as an ice dealer; and his wife Leila M. Allen, a Wisconsin native and housewife. Elmer Ellsworth died the next winter at age 26, a victim of the Spanish flu, on January 6, 1919.


An English and dramatics major at the University of Texas (now known as the University of Texas at Austin), Ludden graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors in 1940 and received his Master of Arts in English from the same university in 1941. He served in the United States Army as officer in charge of entertainment in the Pacific theater, received a Bronze Star Medal, and was discharged with the rank of captain in 1946. During the late 1940s and early 1950s he carved out a career as an adviser for youth in teen magazine columns and on radio. His radio show for teenagers, Mind Your Manners, received an honorable mention Peabody Award in 1950.


Ludden married Margaret McGloin on October 11, 1943. She died of cancer on October 30, 1961. They had a son, David, and two daughters, Martha and Sarah.


He proposed to twice-divorced Betty White, whom he had met on Password, at least twice before she accepted. Their romance blossomed when they played summer stock theatre together, in the play Critic's Choice in 1962. They also appeared together in the romantic comedy Janus in 1963. They were married on June 14, 1963, and remained together until Ludden's death. They appeared together in an episode of The Odd Couple in which Felix and Oscar appeared on Password and also as a couple on a season 4 episode of The Love Boat.


At the request of the publishers Dodd, Mead & Co., Ludden wrote and published four books of "Plain Talk" advice, plus a youth novel, Roger Thomas, Actor (1959), all for young readers. He received the 1961 Horatio Alger Award. He released an album called Allen Ludden Sings His Favorite Songs on RCA Records in 1964.


Ludden began hosting an updated version of the game, Password Plus, on NBC, in 1979, but chemotherapy treatments for stomach cancer forced him off the show in late October 1980. Other shows hosted by Ludden include Liar's Club, Win with the Stars, and Stumpers! He also hosted the original pilot for The Joker's Wild and hosted a talk-variety show, Allen Ludden's Gallery.


After Ludden was diagnosed with stomach cancer in early 1980, he took a month-long leave of absence from Password Plus for chemotherapy treatment, with Bill Cullen filling in as host. On October 7, 1980, he slipped into a coma while on vacation in Monterey, California. It was initially reported that he had suffered a stroke, but the coma was actually caused by high levels of calcium from medication taken to help fight the cancer. Tom Kennedy assumed duties as host of Password Plus, and although Ludden hoped to return to the show, his cancer grew worse and he never returned. Ludden died in Los Angeles on June 9, 1981, at age 63. Ludden was buried beside his father in the Ellsworth family plot in Graceland Cemetery in his hometown of Mineral Point, Wisconsin.

Family Life

Allen married actress Betty White in 1963. The two met when White appeared on Password as a panelist. Allen had three children named David, Sarah and Martha.

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