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Betty White Divorce: The First Two Marriages Were 'Rehearsals' (VIDEO)

Posted: 04/19/2012 3:26 pm Updated: 04/19/2012 3:28 pm

Betty White

Betty White stopped by "Piers Morgan Tonight" on Wednesday and joked about striking out with marriage twice before finally finding happiness with husband #3, Allen Ludden.

"The first two were... rehearsals," the 90-year-old actress joked of her two short-lived marriages, which lasted less than three years combined. White would go on to enjoy "18 wonderful years" with Ludden, whom she was married to until his death in 1981.

The "Golden Girl" star also gave Morgan some perspective on why so many in her generation were quick to marry and went through multiple divorces.

"Back in those days... you didn't sleep with a guy until you married him."

When Piers suggested that "you didn't know how bad [a man] was in bed until you got married," White slyly replied, "You heard rumors."

The iconic comedienne has opened up about her marital record before. In May 2011, she told Newsweek that she felt like a “failure” after her two divorces, so much so that she turned down Ludden's marriage proposals for a year before finally agreeing to marry the "Password" host in 1963. "I kept saying no for a year," White recalled, "Finally, Easter came along. He sent me a white stuffed bunny with diamond earrings clipped to its ears and a card that said, 'Please Say Yes?' So when I answered the phone that night, I didn’t say hello, I just said, 'Yes.'"

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