RIP – BETTY FORD


EXPIRED: 07/08/11 –  Betty Ford, 93, left her family in Michigan at age 20 to study dance in NYC under Martha Graham. After returning home, she married and divorced and married again, this time to young politician Gerald Ford who would eventually lead the nation. Back when mastectomy was still a taboo subject, she, as first lady, shared the specifics of her own breast cancer surgery. The publicity inspired countless women to seek breast exams. Later her addiction to painkillers and booze made rehab less taboo, too. Her clinics have since helped over 100,000 addicts go straight.

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