Source of Wealth:Former First Lady , Businesswoman, Former Fashion model
A former dancer with the Martha Graham Company in New York, Betty Bloomer married Gerald R. Ford just two weeks before the election that would sent him to Washington, D.C. for the next 30 years. She became First Lady during one of the most tumultuous times in United States history when her husband assumed the office of President after the resignation of the disgraced Richard M. Nixon. Mrs. Ford was known as an outspoken First Lady, supporting such controversial issues as the Equal Rights Amendment, gays in the military, and the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion. Her openness about her bout with breast cancer, which she battled in 1974, helped to raise awareness about the disease. In 1978, she founded the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinic, which was a focus in her life.
The former first lady died at age 93, at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage.Ford's husband, President Gerald Ford, died in Dec. 26, 2006, at age 93. They were married in 1948, the same year Gerald Ford was elected to Congress.She and her husband had retired to Rancho Mirage, California, after he lost a bruising presidential race to Jimmy Carter in 1976.
During and after her years in the White House, 1974 to 1977, Mrs. Ford won acclaim for her candor, wit and courage as she fought breast cancer, severe arthritis and the twin addictions of drugs and alcohol. She also pressed for abortion rights and women's rights.
The Betty Ford Center — although most famous for celebrity patients like Elizabeth Taylor, Johnny Cash and Lindsay Lohan — keeps its rates relatively affordable and has served more than 90,000 people.
when Ford was 14, she began modeling clothes and teaching children dances such as the foxtrot, waltz, and big apple. She also entertained and worked with children with disabilities at the Mary Free Bed Home for Crippled Children. She studied dance at the Calla Travis Dance Studio, graduating in 1935.Born April 8, 1918 in in Chicago,United States.
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