Chapter 1: Dancer
Chapter 2: Congressional Wife
Chapter 3: Second Lady
Chapter 4: Betty Blooms
Chapter 5: The Desert
The Betty Ford Center
Betty Ford Institute
Gerald Ford Presidential Library and Museum
Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance
Time Article on Betty Fordís Cancer Fight
SHOP PBS link to buy the DVD
The Early Years
Betty Bloomer grew up in Michigan and married Gerald Ford in 1948. Young Betty developed an independent spirit and revealed herself to be a gifted dancer.
The Congressional Years
With her new husband in Congress, Betty Ford began to learn the role of a politician's wife while struggling to raise four children with an often-absent partner.
The White House
Throughout their term in the White House, the Fords' life was documented by photographer David Kennerly. This slideshow highlights some of his images from the Ford White House.
Produced by MacNeil / Lehrer Productions.
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