A 2013 - 2014 original C-SPAN feature series telling the stories of America's First Ladies - from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama -
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America's First Ladies — from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama


Betty Ford

Gerald Ford
While I hope I never get too old to learn and grow, I think it wasn’t so much that the White House altered me in any essential way as that I found the resources with which to respond to a series of challenges. You never know what you can do until you have to do it.

Born - April 8, 1918 in Chicago, Illinois

Parents - William Stephenson Bloomer & Hortense Neahr Bloomer

Married - October 15, 1948 to Gerald Ford (first marriage to William C. Warren in 1942, divorced in 1947)

Children - Michael Gerald (1950 – present),
John Gardner “Jack” (1952 – present),
Steven Meigs (1956 – present),
Susan Elizabeth (1957 – present)

Education - Bennington School of Dance in Bennington, Vermont in summers of 1936 & 1937

Occupation - professional dancer, teacher of dance, model, department store fashion coordinator

Post White House residence - Rancho Mirage, California

Causes - Betty Ford Center, established to treat drug and alcohol abuse and supported the Equal Rights Amendment

Died - July 8, 2011 in Rancho Mirage, California

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  • Mrs. Ford was a professional dancer in Martha Graham’s Dance Company in New York City.
  • Mrs. Ford had breast cancer surgery in 1974.

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