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First Lady Betty Ford

On this date in 1918, Elizabeth Anne Bloomer was born in Chicago, Illinois. She was a professional dancer and a fashion coordinator for a department store. In 1942, she married William C. Warren, but they divorced in 1947. In October 1948, she married Gerald Ford, who in 1974 would become the first Vice President to succeed to the Presidency following his predecessor's resignation.

Betty Ford was a very outspoken First Lady, one of the first to take on causes that not only weren't her husband's, but at times seemed to disagree with his positions (including women's rights and abortion rights). She also spoke openly of her battles with breast cancer and drug and alcohol abuse, and later founded the Betty Ford Center for treating such addictions.

Betty Ford died on July 8, 2011, aged 93 years 91 days. She is number 3 on the list of longest-lived First Ladies (following Lady Bird Johnson and Bess Truman), while her husband leads the list of longest-lived Presidents.

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