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Betty Ford

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Betty Ford

First Lady of the United States from 1974 to 1977 during the presidency of her husband Gerald Ford add

Category: Politics

Born in 1918.

Countries: United States (76%), California (14%), United Kingdom (2%)

Main connections: Gerald Ford, California, Nancy Reagan

Linked to: The New York Times, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Republican Party, White House




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Betty Ford was born in 1918 add something


After the 1929 stock market crash, when Ford was age 14, she began modeling clothes and teaching children dances such as the foxtrot, waltz, and big apple add something


She studied dance at the Calla Travis Dance Studio, graduating in 1935 add something


In 1936, after she graduated from high school, she proposed continuing her study of dance in New York City, but her mother refused add something


In 1942, she married William C. Warren, who worked for his father in insurance sales, and whom she had known since she was 12 add something


Then when he recovered, they were finally divorced on September 22, 1947, on the grounds of "excessive, repeated cruelty" add something


On October 15, 1948, she married Gerald Ford, a lawyer and World War II veteran, at Grace Episcopal Church, in Grand Rapids, Michigan add something


She raised awareness of addiction when she announced her long-running battle with alcoholism in the 1970s add something


Joan Lunden - Her popularity on the "GMA" program from the 1970s through the 1990s allowed her to interview U.S. Presidents and First Ladies Gerald and Betty Ford, Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter, Ronald and Nancy Reagan, George (George_H._W._Bush) and Barbara Bush, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Texas Governor George and Laura Bush prior to the younger Bush's 2000 election as President


Gerald Ford rose to become the highest-ranking Republican in the House, was appointed Vice President to Richard Nixon when Spiro Agnew resigned from that position in 1973 add something


Ford was noted for raising breast cancer awareness following her 1974 mastectomy and was a passionate supporter of, and activist for, the Equal Rights Amendment add something


He became president in 1974, upon Nixon's resignation in the wake of the Watergate scandal add something


Weeks after Ford became First Lady, she underwent a mastectomy for breast cancer on September 28, 1974, after being diagnosed with the disease add something


Happy Rockefeller - She is a breast cancer survivor, having undergone a mastectomy in 1974, two weeks after Betty Ford underwent the same operation


In 1975, in an interview with "McCall's", Ford said that she was asked just about everything, except for how often she and the president had sex add something


After Gerald Ford's defeat by Jimmy Carter in the 1976 Presidential election she delivered her husband's concession speech because he lost his voice while campaigning add something


As she later said, during her husband's failed 1976 presidential campaign, "I would give my life to have Jerry have my poll numbers add something


Ford was an advocate of the arts while First Lady and was instrumental in Martha Graham receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1976 add something


Cary Grant - In 1976, after his retirement from movies, Grant made his one overtly partisan appearance, introducing his friend Betty Ford, the First Lady, at the Republican National Convention, but even in this he maintained some distance from partisanship, speaking of "your" party, rather than "ours" in his remarks.


After leaving the White House in 1977, she continued to lead an active public life add something


Ford continued to be an active leader and activist of the feminist movement after the Ford administration, and continued to strongly advocate and lobby politicians and state legislatures for passage of the ERA. In 1977, President Jimmy Carter appointed Ford to the second National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year add something


In 1978, the Ford family staged an intervention and forced her to confront her alcoholism and an addiction to opioid analgesics that had been prescribed in the early 1960s for a pinched nerve add something


In 1978, the deadline for ratification of the ERA was extended from 1979 to 1982, resulting largely from a march of a hundred thousand people on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington add something


In 1981, Eleanor Smeal, the National Organization for Women's president, announced Ford's appointment to be the co-chair, with Alan Alda, of the ERA Countdown Campaign add something


In 1982, after her recovery, she established the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California, for the treatment of chemical dependency add something


Dynasty (TV series) - With the show's popularity soaring in the fourth season, former President Gerald Ford guest-starred as himself in 1983, along with his wife Betty and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger


In 1987, Ford underwent quadruple coronary bypass surgery and recovered without complications add something


"I liked alcohol," she wrote in her 1987 memoir add something


Gena Rowlands - She won an Emmy for her portrayal of former first lady Betty Ford in the 1987 made-for-TV movie "The Betty Ford Story"


A Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars was dedicated to her and her husband in 1999 add something


However, in December 1999, he told interviewer Larry King that he, too, was pro-choice and had been criticized for that stance by conservative forces within the Republican Party add something


Francie Kraker Goodridge - In 2001, she was inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame, a group that includes 170 members as diverse as civil rights leader Rosa Parks, former First Lady Betty Ford, and entertainers Lily Tomlin and Aretha Franklin


On May 8, 2003, Ford received the Woodrow Wilson award in Los Angeles for her public service from the Woodrow Wilson Center of the Smithsonian Institution add something


In 2005, Ford relinquished her chair of the center's board of directors to her daughter Susan add something


Billy Joel - In March 2005, he checked into the Betty Ford Center, where he spent 30 days for the treatment of alcohol-related problems.


Poor health and increasing frailty due to operations in August 2006 and April 2007 for blood clots in her legs caused her to largely curtail her public life add something


Gerald Ford died, age 93, at their Rancho Mirage, California home of heart failure on December 26, 2006 add something


Richard Nelson Bolles - He was the 2006 recipient of the National Samaritan award, joining such prestigious company as Karl Menninger, Peter Drucker, Norman Vincent Peale, Betty Ford, and Sir John Templeton


Her ill health prevented her from attending Johnson's funeral in July 2007; Ford's daughter Susan represented her mother at the funeral service add something

Betty Ford died in 2011 add something


On April 8, 2011, Ford turned 93, the same age that her late husband, President Ford reached on his last birthday, July 14, 2006 add something


On July 6, 2011, former First Lady Nancy Reagan turned 90, and thus she and her husband, former President Ronald Reagan, joined the Fords as the second first couple to both live into their nineties add something


Betty Ford died of natural causes on July 8, 2011, at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California, aged 93 add something


Funeral services were held in Palm Desert, California, on July 12, 2011, with over 800 people in attendance, including former president George W. Bush, First Lady Michelle Obama and former first ladies Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan and Hillary Rodham Clinton add something


Lindsay Lohan - A few days later she entered the Betty Ford Center, a drug and alcohol treatment center, where she remained on court order for three months until early January 2011.


Nancy Reagan - She attended the funeral of Betty Ford in Rancho Mirage, California, on July 12, 2011


In 2013, Ford was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame add something