Despite what some viewers may think, Betty says Rose was not dumb. "She was terminally naive," she says. "I like Rose because she thought life was like a musical comedy. It was going to have a happy ending no matter what ever happened."
Still, Betty says "neighborhood nymphomaniac" Sue Ann Nivens was great fun to play. "I used to ask my husband, Allen Ludden, 'How close to Sue Ann is Betty?'" she says. "He'd say, 'Well, she's actually the very same character except she can't cook.'"