Betty Ford, Dancer

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Pieces of History

April 8, 2018, marks the 100th anniversary of Betty Ford’s birth. Today’s post comes from Nikita Buley, a former intern at the National Archives. 

Betty Ford was known as a vivacious activist for women’s rights. What many don’t know is that she was also a talented modern dancer.

Betty Bloomer Warren dances in “Fantasy,” 1945. At this point in her life, she was married to her first husband, businessman William Warren. (National Archives Identifier 187012)

Born Elizabeth Bloomer, the future First Lady always knew she wanted to be a dancer. At age 8, Betty started taking classical ballet classes in her home town of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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