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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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She was inspirational, outspoken, and classy. She'll be missed.

1170 days ago


Dear Marty from Modesto: I'm interested in how you arrived at your opinion of Mrs. Ford. She publicly handled her breast cancer with grace and dignity at a time when it was not mentioned in polite company and inspired many women to test themselves. She worked tirelessly for women's rights. After a family intervention caused her to seek treatment for her addiction to painkillers and alcohol, she spoke out publicly instead of hiding in shame. She began the Betty Ford Clinic to help others as she herself had been helped.

A winner in all senses of the word.

1170 days ago


RIP Betty Ford.She had her own opinion,her own voice.Mrs. Ford was not afraid to disagree with her husband on the subject of women's rights.She was not afraid to speak about addiction and the need for treatment.

1170 days ago

Randy Wecker    

an extraordinary lady...RIP dear saint

1170 days ago


her face sure was pulled tight..

1170 days ago

about 2 yrs ago    

Someone I am proud to call a fellow American. Thank you so much for your bravery. Proud to call you fellow W-O-M-A-N. RIP.

1168 days ago


God Bless Betty Ford. May she R.I.P. at least she lived a long life.....

804 days ago
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