Throughout her long and active life, Elizabeth Anne Ford distinguished herself through her courage and compassion. As our nation's First Lady, she was a powerful advocate for women's health and women's rights. After leaving the White House, Mrs. Ford helped reduce the social stigma surrounding addiction and inspired thousands to seek much-needed treatment. While her death is a cause for sadness, we know that organizations such as the Betty Ford Center will honor her legacy by giving countless Americans a new lease on life.
Betty will be remembered perhaps not for her sartorial sense but for her in-office, leading lady style during the '70s. From her family Christmas cards and patchwork-trimmed tree to public dances with husband Gerald and stolen moments snapped by photographers, take a look back at the life and times of Betty Ford.