Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$20 million
Date Of BirthApril 8, 1918
DiedJuly 8, 2011, Rancho Mirage, California, United States
SpouseGerald Ford (m. 1948–2006), William C. Warren (m. 1942–1947)
FactDaughter of William S. Bloomer and Hortense Neahr of Chicago, Illinois. She was the youngest child and the only daughter in a family of 3 children. Her family moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1920.


Betty Ford was an American first lady and the wife of Gerald Ford, the 38th president of the United States. As first lady, she was active in social policy and created the Betty Ford Center, a drug and alcohol treatment center.

Born Elizabeth Ann Bloomer in 1918 in Chicago, Illinois, Betty Ford was the third child and only daughter of William and Hortense Bloomer. Her father was a traveling salesman for Royal Rubber Company and her mother was a former teacher. The family moved frequently, living in Ohio, Michigan, and Iowa before settling in Grand Rapids, Michigan, when Betty was eight years old.

Betty attended public schools in Grand Rapids and graduated from Central High School in 1936. She then enrolled at the former Michigan College of Education (now Western Michigan University) in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she studied dance and physical education. Betty’s plans to become a professional dancer were cut short when she injured her back while practicing for a performance.

After college, Betty moved to New York City to pursue a career in modeling and acting. She appeared in several Broadway shows and national advertisements. In 1942, she married William Warren, a stockbroker. The couple had two children: Susan (born in 1943) and John (born in 1947).

In 1948, Betty’s husband introduced her to Gerald Ford, a young congressman from Michigan. The two married on October 15, 1948, and moved to Washington, D.C., where Gerald began his career in the House of Representatives. Betty became active in Republican politics and served as the vice chairman of the Republican National Committee’s Women’s Division from 1957 to 1960.

In 1974, Gerald Ford became the 38th president of the United States after Richard Nixon resigned amid the Watergate scandal. Betty served as first lady from 1974 to 1977. As first lady, she was active in social policy and created the Betty Ford Center, a drug and alcohol treatment center in Rancho Mirage, California.

After leaving the White House, the Fords retired to Rancho Mirage. In 1978, Betty was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy. She publicly discussed her experience with cancer and advocated for early detection and treatment of the disease.

In 1991, Gerald Ford died at the age of 93. Betty continued to live at their home in Rancho Mirage until her death on July 8, 2011, at the age of 93.

General Info

Full NameBetty Ford
Net Worth$20 million
Date Of BirthApril 8, 1918
DiedJuly 8, 2011, Rancho Mirage, California, United States
ProfessionWriter, Actor, Fashion Model, Women's rights activist
EducationCentral High School, Bennington College
NationalityAmerican

Family

SpouseGerald Ford (m. 1948–2006), William C. Warren (m. 1942–1947)
ChildrenSusan Ford, Steven Ford, Michael Gerald Ford, John Gardner Ford
ParentsHortense Bloomer, William Stephenson Bloomer, Sr.
SiblingsRobert Bloomer, William Bloomer Jr.

Accomplishments

AwardsLasker-Bloomberg Public Service Award
NominationsTV Land Most Memorable Female Guest Star in a Comedy as Herself Award
MoviesThe Betty Ford Story

Social profile links

Quotes

#Quote
1I know I was an alcoholic because I was preoccupied whether alcohol was going to be served or not.
2[on her legacy] I am an ordinary woman who was called onstage at an extraordinary time. I was no different once I became first lady than I had been before. But through an accident of history, I had become interesting to people.
3[on the Presidential campaign] through clenched teeth, I don't want anyone to come over and talk to me. I just want to sit here all alone and finish this cigarette.
4[on Washington DC life] We came to Washington for 2 years and stayed for 28.
5[on President Ford's engagement] He's a very shy man and he really didn't tell me he loved me. He just told me he'd like to marry me--I took him up on it immediately.
6[on her divorce] No one ever bothered to ask.
7[on her marriage and family] From the outside, our life looked like a Norman Rockwell illustration. I'd lost my feeling of self-worth. I think a lot of women go through this. Their husbands have fascinating jobs, their children start to turn into independent people and the women begin to feel useless and empty.
8[on her husband pardoning former President Nixon] I think it had to be done.
9[on the Betty Ford Center] It's hard to make anyone understand what it's like to have your name on something, to be given credit for things you haven't done. I've been at meetings where someone turned and thanked me and I hugged the person and said 'Don't thank me, thank yourself, you're the one who did it with God's help.' From the beginning, we have wanted every patient at the center to feel, 'I'm important here I have some dignity.'
10[on her husband's career and her life] Now I know that some of the pain was trying to wipe out was emotional on one hand, I loved being 'the wife of'; and on the other hand, I was convinced that the more important Jerry became, the less important I became.
11[on her radical mastectomy in November 1976] No! Oh no -heavens, no. I've heard women say they'd rather lose their right arm, and I can't imagine it. It's so stupid. I can ever wear my evening clothes. Go as quickly as possible and get it done. Once it's done, put it behind you and go on with your life.

Facts

#Fact
1Her second husband, Gerald Ford, died on December 26, 2006 from heart failure at age 93 after 58 years of marriage.
2Gave birth to her fourth child at age 39, a daughter Susan Elizabeth Ford (aka Susan Ford). Child's father is her late second husband, Gerald Ford.
3Gave birth to her third child at age 38, a son Steven Meigs Ford (aka Steven Ford) on May 19, 1956. Child's father is her late second husband, Gerald Ford.
4Gave birth to her second child at age 33, a son John Gardner Ford on March 16, 1952. Child's father is her late second husband, Gerald Ford.
5Gave birth to her first child at age 31, a son Michael Gerald Ford on March 14, 1950. Child's father is her late second husband, Gerald Ford.
6She was interred with her husband, Gerald Ford, at the Gerald Ford Presidential Library in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
7She is survived by her 4 adult children - Michael Ford (born in 1950); John also known as Jack Ford (born in 1952); Steven Ford (born in 1956) and her daughter, Susan Ford (born in 1957). She is survived by 7 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
8Daughter of William S. Bloomer and Hortense Neahr of Chicago, Illinois. She was the youngest child and the only daughter in a family of 3 children. Her family moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1920.
9Her family spent summers at Whitefish Lake. She studied dance at 8 years old. She studied dance for two summers at the Bennington School of the Dance at Bennington College in Vermont. She was confirmed Episcopalian at 14 years old. Her mother was Episcopalian and her father was a Christian Scientist.
10She moved to Greenwich Village in New York City in 1938, where she studied dance with Martha Graham and joined her dance troupe. She was also a model on Seventh Avenue for John Robert Powers modeling agency. She returned to Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1941 where she was a fashion coordinator for a store where she worked as a teenage model. She also taught dance to underprivileged and disabled children in her spare time.
11As of August 27, 2010 at the age of 92 years, 4 months, and 19 days, she is the third longest-lived First Lady, after Bess Truman (1885-1982 97 years, 10 months, and 5 days) and Lady Bird Johnson (1912-2007 95 years, 6 months, and 19 days).
12Then-current U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, honored Mrs. Ford with the Gerald Ford Medal for Distinguished Public Service in 2005.
13Breast cancer survivor.
14First Lady of the United States of America from 9 August 1974 until 20 January 1977, as wife of the thirty-eighth U.S. President, Gerald Ford.
15Co-founder of The Betty Ford Center, Rancho Mirage, California. The mission of the center is "To provide effective alcohol and other drug dependency treatment services, including programs of education and research to help women, men and families begin the process of recovery".
16Received the Women's International Center (W.I.C.) Living Legacy Award in 1998.
17Born at 5:45pm CST

Pictures

Movies

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Little Mermaid1992TV Series
Dynasty1983TV SeriesBetty Ford

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Betty Ford Story1987TV Movie book "The Times of My Life"

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Larry King Live2004TV SeriesHerself
Cancer: Race for a Cure1998TV Movie documentaryHerself
Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's1997DocumentaryHerself (with Gerald) (uncredited)
Bob Hope: Laughing with the Presidents1996TV Special documentaryHerself
Inside the White House1995TV Movie documentaryHerself - 1974-1977
Yellow Ribbon Party1991TV SpecialHerself
America's Dance Honors1990TV SpecialHerself
America's All-Star Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor1989TV Special documentaryHerself
A Conversation with Dinah1989TV SeriesHerself (1990)
All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan1985TV SpecialHerself
The 1th Annual Commitment to Life Awards1985TV SpecialHerself - Honoree
1984 World Series1984TV Mini-SeriesHerself
Hour Magazine1984TV SeriesHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1979TV SeriesHerself - Former First Lady
Good Morning America1979TV SeriesHerself
All-Star Salute to Pearl Bailey1979TV MovieHerself
The Nutcracker1977/IITV MovieHerself - Host
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to William Wyler1976TV Special documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Mary Tyler Moore1976TV SeriesHerself
V.I.P.-Schaukel1975TV Series documentaryHerself

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
60 Minutes2007-2016TV Series documentaryHerself - First Lady / Herself - Former First Lady (segment "Betty Ford")
The Seventies2015TV Series documentaryHerself
America's Book of Secrets2012TV SeriesHerself
Hubert H Humphrey: The Art of the Possible2010TV Movie documentaryHerself - Former First Lady of the United States
Dr. Drew's Celebrity Addiction Special2008TV Movie documentaryHerself
The U.S. vs. John Lennon2006DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
Hardball with Chris Matthews2004TV SeriesHerself
Inside the U.S. Secret Service2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy2004Video documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Miracle2004Herself (uncredited)
Days That Shook the World2003TV Series documentaryHerself
Air Force One2002TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Century: America's Time1999TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself - First Lady
Cold War1998TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
The Speeches of Richard Nixon1995Video documentaryHerself - at Helicopter with Nixon
Nixon1995Herself - when Gerald Becomes President after Nixon Resignation / Attending Nixon Funeral (uncredited)
Death of a Nation: The Timor Conspiracy1994DocumentaryHerself (arrives in Indonesia) (uncredited)
Stalking the President: A History of American Assassins1992DocumentaryHerself - Escorts the Nixons to Helicopter
Memories of 1970-19911991TV Series documentaryHerself
Quantum Leap1989TV SeriesHerself
V.I.P.-Schaukel1977TV Series documentaryHerself
Network1976Herself (uncredited)

Awards

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2003TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsMost Memorable Female Guest Star in a Comedy as HerselfMary Tyler Moore (1970)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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