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Betty Ford, Dancer, R.I.P.

Posted on | July 9, 2011 | 5 Comments

That’s her in the center, in 1938. “Dancer” is probably not the first thing you think of when you think of Betty Ford, but “rock singer” is probably not the first thing you think of when you think of me. Yet I was once a rock singer and guitarist, and Betty Ford was once a dancer and model:

Betty Ford, the widow of late President Gerald Ford and a co-founder of an eponymous addiction center in California, has died at the age of 93, according to the director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum.
Ford died Friday evening with family at her bedside, according to a family member. . . .
Born Elizabeth Anne Bloomer in Chicago, she grew up in Grand Rapids. At the age of 21, she moved to New York City to work as a dancer and model before heading back to the Midwest two years later.
One year after divorcing William Warren after five years of marriage, she wed Gerald Ford — a former star football player at the University of Michigan and a decorated U.S. Navy veteran — in 1948. That year, the woman now known as Betty Ford campaigned with her new husband on his successful campaign to become a U.S. congressman.



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