6. White loved a parade.
From 1962 to 1971, White hosted NBC’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade alongside Bonanza’s Lorne Greene. But that’s not all. For 20 years (1956 to 1976), she was also a color commentator for NBC’s annual Tournament of Roses Parade. However, as her fame grew on CBS’s The Mary Tyler Moore Show, NBC decided they should pull White (and all the rival promotion that came with her) from their parade. It was a decision that was heartbreaking for White, who told People, “On New Year's Day I just sat home feeling wretched, watching someone else do my parade.”
7. She was married three times.
White and her first husband, Dick Barker, were married and divorced in the same year, 1945. After four months on Barker’s rural Ohio chicken farm, White returned to Los Angeles and her career as an entertainer. Soon after, she met agent Lane Allen, who became her husband in 1947, and her ex-husband in 1949 after he pushed her to quit show business. She wouldn’t marry again until 1963, after she fell for widower/father of three/game show host Allen Ludden.