The Betty Ford Story

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  • 1987
  • 6.5  (124)

The Betty Ford Story is a biographical drama film that tells the story of Betty Ford, who was the First Lady of the United States from 1974 to 1977, and her life after leaving the White House. The film stars Gena Rowlands as Betty Ford, Josef Sommer as Gerald Ford, and Nan Woods as Susan Ford. The movie begins with a young Betty meeting her future husband, Gerald Ford, and follows their journey as a couple throughout his political career. When Gerald becomes Vice President of the United States, Betty must adjust to the demands of public life and the scrutiny of the media.

Things take a turn when Gerald becomes President after Richard Nixon's resignation, and Betty becomes First Lady. However, instead of taking a backseat, Betty uses her position to become a vocal advocate for women's rights, drug and alcohol addiction, and breast cancer awareness.

The film portrays Betty as a compassionate and strong-willed woman who was dedicated to improving the lives of others. Her advocacy work on behalf of addiction led to the creation of the Betty Ford Center, which is still a prominent treatment facility to this day.

Despite her successes, Betty faced personal challenges, including her own struggles with substance abuse and her breast cancer diagnosis. The movie delves into these difficult moments and shows Betty's resilience in the face of adversity.

Gena Rowlands delivers a captivating performance as Betty Ford, portraying her with nuance and sensitivity. Josef Sommer's portrayal of Gerald Ford is also noteworthy, as he balances the demands of his political career with his love for his wife.

The Betty Ford Story is a heartfelt and inspiring film that highlights the importance of advocacy and resilience. It depicts the ups and downs of Betty's life with honesty and authenticity, making it a must-watch for anyone interested in the life of this remarkable woman.

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