Betty Ford: Fact Sheet of Betty Ford
Facts and Info: This
fast fact sheet provides important information about Betty Ford, First
Lady of the United States of America.
Betty Ford Fact
Lady of President Gerald Ford
Relationship to President Gerald Ford: Wife
Betty Ford entered White House as First Lady: August 9,
When and where was
Betty Ford born?
Betty Ford was born on April
8, 1918 in Chicago, Illinois. She was named
What was the name of
her father and mother?
The name of
her parents: William Stephenson Bloomer & Hortense Neahr.
She graduated at High School and then spent two summers
at the Bennington School of Dance in Bennington, Vermont
What was her
relationship to President Gerald Ford?
was his wife
When did she marry?
She married Gerald
Ford on October 15, 1948. Her first marriage to William
C. Warren in 1942 ended in divorce in 1947
What are the names of
names of her children were Michael Gerald (1950 –
present), John Gardner “Jack” (1952 – present), Steven
Meigs (1956 – present), Susan Elizabeth (1957 – present)
When did Betty Ford
Betty Ford died of
natural causes on July 8, 2011, aged 93.
Betty Ford Fact
Lady of President Gerald Ford
Picture of Betty Ford
Betty Ford: Fast
Overview of Events in the White House
Facts and Info: Betty Ford
assumed the position of First Lady to President Gerald Ford. She witnessed
the important events of his presidency that followed the resignation
of Richard Nixon.
Her husband took the unpopular decision of granting the
disgraced Nixon an unconditional pardon. The
signing of the Helsinki
Agreement to reduced tension with the Soviets during the Cold War.
The Vietnam War ended with the North Vietnamese victory. During his
presidency Gerald Ford was subjected
to two separate assassination attempts in 1975 by Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a
follower of mass-murderer Charles Manson and
Sara Jane Moore, a one-time FBI informer.
Personality and Character: Betty Ford
Facts and Info: An insight into the personal views, character and
personality of this First Lady may be obtained from the following
Betty Ford quotes:
easy...Sometimes it’s hard. But always it’s educational, and often
it’s fun." Betty Ford quote
"I hated feeling
crippled...so I took more pills...Now I know that some of the pain I
was trying to wipe out was emotional...Jerry became Minority Leader
of the House...But I was beginning to feel sorry for myself.
It was poor me…he gets all the headlines and applause, but what
about me?" Betty Ford quote
"In 1965, about a year
after I began mixing pain medication with alcohol, I snapped. I
packed my bag one afternoon and decided to drive to the beach, take
Susan with me and let my whole ungrateful family
worry about where I was and whether I was ever coming home."
Betty Ford quote
Her Nickname or Pet Name
Facts and Info: This First Lady's
full name was
but she was called by the pet name "Betty" by her family, friends
Betty Ford: First Events
Facts and Info: She was the 1st First Lady to chat to people via CB
Radio using the 'handle' of
Facts about the Causes and Accomplishments of
Facts and Info: First Ladies are not elected so have no official
role. Their accomplishments are therefore based on their own
particular wishes that ranged from political interests, humanitarian
and charitable causes or duties relating to their family or social
responsibilities. The causes and accomplishments of Betty Ford were
demonstrated in her support of equality and civil rights, the arts,
abortion, cancer and special needs children.
Betty Ford: The Early Life of Betty Ford
Facts and Info: Elizabeth Bloomer (Betty Ford)
was born on April 8,
1918 in Chicago, Illinois.
Her parents were William Stephenson Bloomer & Hortense Neahr. Her father was a
traveling salesman for a rubber company. Betty was raised in Grand
Rapids, Michigan where she took ballet lessons as a young girl.
Betty went on to study dance at the Calla Travis Dance Studio and
the Martha Graham Dance Company. Her father died when Betty was 16
years old and Betty took jobs to help with the family's finances
teaching dance and working as a model. She married a furniture
salesman, Bill Warren, in 1942 but the marriage ended in divorce 5
years later in 1947. Betty met lawyer Gerald Ford later that year
and the couple were married on October 15, 1948. The couple had 4
children; Michael Gerald (1950 – present), John Gardner “Jack”
(1952 – present), Steven Meigs (1956 – present), Susan Elizabeth
(1957 – present). Betty Ford was a highly intelligent, outspoken and
determined woman who was never afraid of expressing her opinions and
views. She supported her husband in his political career and was
very popular with the public, so much so that one of his election
campaign slogans was "Vote for Betty's Husband."
Betty Ford: Life at the White House
Facts and Info:
Gerald Ford was elected President of the United States and Betty Ford assumed the
role as First Lady on
August 9, 1974, following the
demise of the Nixon administration and the scandal of the Watergate
affair. Betty Ford was popular with the American public and admired
for candor and direct approach on both her personal life and her
political opinions. Betty Ford enjoyed and participated in all of
the social occasions and events at the White House, her background
as a dancer enabled her to especially enjoy the more informal White
House functions. Just weeks after becoming First Lady, Betty Ford was diagnosed with
malignant breast cancer and underwent a
mastectomy. She was totally frank, open and honest about her illness
which encouraged women to start discussing a subject that had
previously been taboo. Because of this experience Betty Ford realized the influence and power
accorded to women who had assumed the position of First Lady. She
supported the Equal Rights Amendment and became a strong advocate for a women's rights.
Betty Ford was so successful that she was named Woman of the Year in 1975
by TIME magazine. Her approval rating as First Lady reached 75
percent during her husband's presidency which ended on January 20,
Betty Ford: Life after the White House
Facts and Info: Betty Ford had
suffered from a pinched nerve, resulting her being prescribed Opioid
for pain relief. Her dependency on the pain relieving drugs
increased as did her alcohol consumption. In 1978, the Ford family staged an
intervention, and forced Betty to confront her addition to alcohol
and pain pills. Betty Ford underwent a monitored
detoxification. She confronted her problem, as she had done with
breast cancer, and became aware that there was no recovery facility specifically
established to help women with problems associated with
drug and alcohol abuse. Betty Ford beat her addictions and in 1982
she helped to establish the Betty
Ford Center providing help and support for those suffering from chemical dependency.
Due to her work at the Betty Ford Center,
she began to understand the connection between drug addiction and
those suffering from HIV/AIDS, leading to her support of the gay
community. Former President Gerald Ford died of heart disease on
December 26, 2006 in Rancho Mirage, California. Betty Ford died of
natural causes on July 8, 2011, aged 93. Gerald and Betty Ford are
buried together in Woodlawn Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Michigan.