Betty Ford

The former first lady captivated the nation with her unabashed candor and forthright discussion of her personal battles with <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="HEDAI0000012" title="Breast Cancer" href="/topic/health/diseases-illnesses/breast-cancer-HEDAI0000012.topic">breast cancer</a>, prescription drug addiction and alcoholism. She founded the widely emulated <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB001841" title="Betty Ford" href="/topic/politics/betty-ford-PECLB001841.topic">Betty Ford</a> Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., for the treatment of chemical dependencies. She was 93. <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-betty-ford-20110709,0,1332628.story"><span class="center_label">Full obituary</span></a><br>
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<a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-2010notables-gallery,0,7041480.photogallery"><span class="center_label">Notable deaths of 2010</span></a>
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( Anna Moore Butzner / Grand Rapids Press )

The former first lady captivated the nation with her unabashed candor and forthright discussion of her personal battles with breast cancer, prescription drug addiction and alcoholism. She founded the widely emulated Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., for the treatment of chemical dependencies. She was 93. Full obituary

Notable deaths of 2010

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