- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 33 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: November 17, 2009
- Originally Released: 1987
- Label: Warner Archives
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
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Description by OLDIES.com:
President Gerald Ford's wife Betty brought her own stamp to the role of First Lady. Outgoing and warm, she became an instant hit with a public wearied of the corruption and personal drama of the Watergate era. But behind the gracious exterior she hid a secret: an addiction to alcohol and prescription drugs. Ultimately, she would own up to those personal demons... and triumph over them, setting an example for others.
Gena Rowlands portrays Betty Ford, winning an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her inspirational performance in this tale of Ford's life as a loving wife and mother to secret substance abuser to founder of the Betty Ford Center, the renowned addiction clinic that remains a monument to her courage.
Gena Rowlands won an Emmy for her towering portrayal of former first lady Betty Ford. After surviving breast cancer, the feisty Ford earns the love and admiration of the entire country. This makes it all the harder for her to keep private her biggest personal battle -- against alcohol and prescription-drug addiction. Josef Sommer and Nan Woods co-star respectively as Gerald and Susan Ford in this sensitive but candid adaptation of Betty Ford's autobiography THE TIMES OF MY LIFE. Made for television, THE BETTY FORD STORY was first telecast on March 3, 1987.