The Betty Ford Story Poster

Release Date: 1987

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 40 min

Plot Summary
Based on the life of the former first lady, this film depicts the ups and downs of Betty Ford (Gena Rowlands), the wife of President Gerald Ford (Josef Sommer). While Betty seems to ease into her prominent role in the White House and becomes a popular public figure, she must contend with breast cancer and secretly abuses both prescription medications and alcohol. Eventually, she confronts her problems, leading to the founding of the Betty Ford Center, a chemical dependency treatment facility.

Cast: Gena Rowlands, Josef Sommer, Nan Woods, Concetta Tomei, Jack Radar, Brian McNamara

Director: David Greene

Genres: Docudrama

Keywords: Emotional, 1980s, Inspiring, Wife, 1970s, Love


Winner Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Winner Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television