According to Access Hollywood, Betty’s own “triumph over drug and alcohol addiction became a beacon of hope for addicts and the inspiration for her Betty Ford Center.” She was reportedly modest about her accomplishments, and helped thousands of people overcome their addictions.
The wife of former president, Gerald Ford (who also died at age 93) “pressed for abortion rights and the Equal Rights Amendment”. She also fought breast cancer and suffered from severe arthritis, all while battling addictions of her own.
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Image of Betty Ford in 1974 by the Library of Congress
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He was born Louis Jacobovitch in Toronto, Canada, on December 28, 1913. He performed on stage from his youth and began his film career in England in the 1950s. One of his early film roles was as Blackie Isaacs in the 1956 fantasy A Kid for Two Farthings, about a young boy and the sickly, one-horned goat he believes is a magical unicorn.
He made his Broadway debut in the acclaimed drama The Diary of Anne Frank in 1955 as Hans Van Daan, and reprised the role in the 1959 film version. Jacobi was also seen in the 1966 spy spoof The Last of the Secret Agents? with comics Marty Allen and Steve Rossi. He was also featured in Woody Allen’s comedy Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex