Betty Ford Style Evolution: This '70s-Era First Lady Oozed Style (PHOTOS)

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  • Gerald Ford
  • Betty Ford
    Betty Ford
    Former First Lady of the United States
  • Martha Graham
    Martha Graham
    American dancer and choreographer
  • Michelle Obama
    Michelle Obama
    Former First Lady of the United States

Betty Ford may not have been a trendsetting First Lady the way Michelle Obama is, but she had style. The former First Lady (her tenure as FLOTUS was from 1974-77) wore her hair in a signature '70s-style bob and had a penchant for silk scarves and tailored jackets.

A former dancer, Mrs. Gerald Ford once worked under Martha Graham. She actually performed with Graham's troupe in New York City's Carnegie Hall. Ford also worked as a fashion model at the time to finance her career as a dancer, perhaps explaining her affection for fitted suits and flowing gowns later in life.

Betty married Gerald Ford in 1948 and the couple was married for 58 years until his death in 2006. Probably best known for founding the substance abuse center that bears her name, Elizabeth Ford also raised awareness around breast cancer after her 1974 mastectomy.

We are taking a look back at half of one of the most affectionate first couples in America’s history.

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