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Betty Ford

Dead at 93

7/9/2011 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Betty Ford -- former First Lady of the United States and wife of former President Gerald Ford -- has died.

Betty Ford Dead
Ford, who struggled with her own alcohol issues, founded the Betty Ford Center near Palm Springs in 1982, one of the premiere rehab facilities in the world.

Scores of celebrities have sought treatment at the facility -- including Lindsay Lohan, Chevy Chase, Kelsey Grammer, Elizabeth Taylor, Anna Nicole Smith, Ozzy Osbourne, Drew Barrymore, Johnny Cash, Liza Minnelli, Billy Joel, and David Hasselhoff.

Betty was 93.

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Delaware D    

With all due respect, I assumed she was already dead.

Sorry, RIP.

1148 days ago
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Claire C McMillan    

Mrs. Ford blessed our country.

1148 days ago
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Carole    

She was a very classy lady. Gutsy, too.
May she rest in peace.

1148 days ago
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kitty    

she was not afraid to speak of her illness, she gave it a voice. Thank you Betty Ford.

1148 days ago
20.

IceGypsy    

RIP Betty you were an extraordinary woman.

1148 days ago
21.

John    

Betty Ford was the best thing to come out of Watergate.

1148 days ago
22.

Woot    

Aw, how sad. Rest in peace, Ms. Ford. Your earthly efforts will never be forgotten!

1148 days ago
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juggaloszuch    

I'm surprised there aren't any REHAB jokes yet....

1148 days ago
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wasted days and wasted nights    

RIP Mrs. Ford. They were a huge, steady blessing to our country in the wake of the Watergate scandal--Mr. Ford was kicked-back and mellow and yet very presidential. They were a cool couple.

1148 days ago
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barb    

RIP sweet lady

1148 days ago
26.

ChloeMarie    

A life lived well because she recognized the problem and asked for help, then offered to others what was given to her...

1148 days ago
27.

JJ    

RIP Betty Ford.

1148 days ago
28.

WiddoMouse    

Condolences to her family. She was a lovely lady and an even lovlier First Lady. She did so much good for us in recovery. If it can happen to a First Lady, it can happen to any of us, and frequently does. We owe her a debt of gratitude.

1148 days ago
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Swims Is Drowning    

A lovely lady, leaves her grace behind.

1148 days ago
30.

al baby    

August you know nothing of the 12 step program so stfu

1148 days ago
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