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On this day in 1918, First Lady Betty Ford born in Chicago, Illinois

April 8, 2023

On April 8, 1918, First Lady Betty Ford was born in Chicago, Illinois. During her time as First Lady, Ford brought special attention to drug and alcohol addiction, as well as breast cancer awareness. Having faced addiction and breast cancer herself, Ford made the personal public to reduce stigma around these issues.

Did you know? As a young woman, Ford had a passion for dance and attended the Bennington School of Dance in Vermont, studying under famed choreographer Martha Graham and performing at Carnegie Hall.

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April 8, 2023
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