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Betty Ford

US First Lady Betty Ford

Full Name: Elizabeth Ann Bloomer Warren Ford
Profession: US First Lady

United States of America

Biography: Gained fame as one of the most candid first ladies in history, commenting on issues such feminism, equal pay, the ERA, sex, drugs, abortion, and gun control. She also raised awareness of addiction when she announced her long-running battle with alcoholism in the 1970s. Established the Betty Ford Center (initially called the Betty Ford Clinic) in Rancho Mirage, California, for the treatment of chemical dependency.

Born: April 8, 1918
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Aries

Died: July 8, 2011 (aged 93)

Married Life

  • 1948-10-15 38th US President Gerald Ford (35) weds department store fashion consultant Elizabeth (Betty) Bloomer Warren (30) at Grace Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids

Historical Events

  • 1974-09-28 US 1st Lady Betty Ford undergoes a radical mastectomy

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