Ford, Susan (1957–)

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Ford, Susan (1957–)

American first daughter. Name variations: Susan Ford Bales. Born July 6, 1957, in Washington, DC; dau. of Gerald Ford (president of US) and Betty Ford; m. Charles Vance (Secret Service agent, div. 1988); m. Vaden Bales (attorney), 1989; children: 2 daughters.

Spent adolescence in the White House (1974–77); assisted mother with the Betty Ford Foundation; became a widely recognized speaker on substance abuse and an advocate for breast cancer awareness; replaced mother as board chair of the Betty Ford Center (2005); wrote mystery novels Double Exposure and Sharp Focus.