10/04/2010 AT 6:40 PM ET
Betty White scoffs at the question.
“Does desire melt away with age? I’m waiting for that day to come,” the 88-year-old tells AARP Magazine in its November/December issue. “Sexual desire is like aging,” she continues, pointing at her head. “A lot of it is up here.”
White, who shares the magazine’s cover with two of her You Again costars Jamie Lee Curtis and Kristin Bell, tells the magazine that her first marriage was totally physical. “I married my first husband because we wanted to sleep together,” she says. “It lasted six months and we were in bed for six months.”
After a disastrous second marriage, White met game show host Allen Ludden. She says they were a match made in heaven – even though she wasn’t initially interested. “He bought me a beautiful ring and I threw it back at him,” she recalls, “so he wore it on a chain around his neck. He said, ‘I’m going to wear it until you put it on your finger.’ “
It worked, and the couple walked down the aisle in 1963, and stayed together until his death in 1981. “The secret to our marriage was enthusiasm,” White says. “When I knew Allen was coming home, I would freshen my makeup and put on a new blouse.”
And the sex was apparently great, too. If Ludden were alive today, White thinks they’d still be sleeping together. But if he were unavailable, White has a second choice. “I don’t have a fella,” she says, “but if Allen – or Robert Redford – were around, we’d have a very active sex life.”