TV documentary recounts Betty Ford's life

DETROIT, March 22 (UPI) -- A museum director says the life of former first lady Betty Ford, who is the focus of a new TV documentary, has been full of great accomplishments.
Kennedy, Michelle backfire on Obama

Kennedy, Michelle backfire on Obama

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- The first day of the Democratic National Convention in Denver went exactly the way Barack Obama wanted it to -- and it was a catastrophe for him and his party.

Broadcom Corp. co-founder in rehab

LOS ANGELES, April 19 (UPI) -- Broadcom Corp. co-founder Henry Nicholas III is in the Betty Ford Center where he will spend a month in an alcohol-rehabilitation program, his attorney said.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, April 8, 2008.
By United Press International

Betty Ford Institute defines recovery

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif., Nov. 2 (UPI) -- An expert panel of the Betty Ford Institute in Rancho Mirage, Calif., says abstinence from alcohol and drugs is just the starting point in defining recovery.

Lawsuit: Doctors reckless with drugs

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif., July 29 (UPI) -- Doctors over-prescribed drugs at the California hospital that is home to the renowned Betty Ford Center for addiction, a pharmacist's lawsuit alleges.

President Ford mementos to be auctioned

AVON, Colo., May 29 (UPI) -- Items from the estate of the late U.S. President Gerald Ford -- including golf clubs and skis -- will be auctioned in Colorado to benefit three charities.

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Sunday, April 8, 2007.
By United Press International

Betty Ford recovering from 'minor surgery'

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif., April 5 (UPI) -- Former first lady Betty Ford is recovering at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., from what her office Thursday called "minor surgery."

Urban thanks family, friends for support

NASHVILLE, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. country singer Keith Urban thanked his family, friends and fans for their support while he spent three months in rehabilitation for alcohol addiction.

Gerald Ford laid to rest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Former U.S. President Gerald R. Ford Wednesday was laid to rest on a grassy slope overlooking his museum in his home town of Grand Rapids, Mich. The last in a series of services was held for the nation's 38th president at Grace Episcopal Church in East Gr

Jack Ford takes his kids to family home

WASHINGTON, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Jack Ford, son of former President Gerald Ford, used the trip to Washington for his father's state funeral to show his own children where he grew up.

Ford's body heads for Michigan burial

WASHINGTON, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Thousands of mourners and security staff in Washington prepared for the state funeral of former U.S. President Gerald Ford.

Quiet family service begins Ford farewells

PALM DESERT, Calif., Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Five days of funeral services for former President Gerald Ford began quietly Friday with his wife and children at the California church where he worshipped.

Ford eulogized at U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Former President Gerald Ford's body arrived in Washington Saturday and was taken to the U.S. Capitol to lie in state, beginning a period of official mourning.
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Betty Ford
Mrs. Betty Ford, wife of U.S. President Gerald Ford in a November 1978 photo. (UPI Photo/Files)

Elizabeth Anne "Betty" Bloomer Warren Ford (born April 8, 1918) is the widow of former United States President Gerald R. Ford and served as the First Lady of the United States from 1974 to 1977. As first lady, Betty Ford was active in social policy and shattered precedents as a politically active presidential wife (Time considered her "the most since Eleanor Roosevelt"). In the opinion of several historians, Ford had more impact upon history and culture than her husband.

Throughout her husband's term in office, she maintained high approval ratings despite some opposition from some conservative Republicans who objected to her more moderate and liberal positions on social issues. Betty Ford was noted for raising breast cancer awareness with her 1974 mastectomy and was a passionate supporter of, and activist for, the Equal Rights Amendment. Pro-choice on abortion and a leader in the Women's Movement, she gained fame as one of the most candid first ladies in history, commenting on every hot button issue of the time from feminism, to sex, to drugs.

Following her White House years, she continued to lobby for the ERA and remained active in the Feminist Movement. She is the founder, and served as the first chairwoman of the board of directors of, the Betty Ford Center for substance abuse and addiction and is a recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal.

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