"It’s always a joy to know your castmates.
I’ve known Carl Reiner for years. Lately, he’s been appearing in Hot in Cleveland as a guest star in a recurring role— my character’s boyfriend, no less.
Carl Reiner and Allen were in the Army together in World War II in the Pacific. Carl recently told me, 'I wouldn't have a career without Captain Ludden.' I had no idea what he was talking about, and said so.
Carl told me about this entertainment group Allen was in, called the Army Entertainment Section. Carl had written some material and stood up one night in front of the guys and read it. Allen said, 'You've got to do more of that.'
Maurice Evans was also in the outfit, so Allen got Maurice to take the material to a producer, and Carl was off and running. He continued to be a writer, but also went on to become one of our great comedians. It took a Shakespearean actor and a game-show host to make it happen in the beginning, but Carl took it from there.
Today, every so often, Carl will say to me, ‘Wouldn’t Allen get a kick out of this if he were here— seeing us working together?’
I don’t tell Carl, but I think Allen is getting a kick out of it, because he’s never very far from me. Ever.” -Betty White