First Lady Betty Ford
Richard Norton Smith talked about the life and influence of first lady Betty Ford and responded to telephone calls and electronic… read more
Richard Norton Smith talked about the life and influence of first lady Betty Ford and responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Topics included her professional career as a dancer and previous divorce, the effect of her support for women’s rights and candid remarks on topics such as abortion and pre-marital sex. While in the White House, Betty Ford had a mastectomy. Her openness about her illness ushered in a new level of public awareness about breast cancer. After the White House, she publicly shared her personal experience with alcohol and prescription drug addiction, which led to the creation of the Betty Ford Center.
Video clips were shown of a November 2012 interview with her son, Steve Ford. In video clips, Donald Holloway displayed artifacts at the Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Film and television clips of President and Mrs. Ford were shown.
This was the 29th episode in the C-SPAN series “First Ladies: Influence and Image.” close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
People in this video
- Donald Holloway Curator Ford (Gerald R.) Presidential Museum
- Richard Norton Smith Director Ford (Gerald R.) Presidential Library and Museum
- Susan Swain Host C-SPAN
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