Star Tracks: Monday, May 16, 2016 42 years, 2,191 covers and 55,436 stories from PEOPLE magazine's history for you to enjoy
- Chandra Levy: Five Things to Know About the Murdered D.C. Intern
- Read the Cover Story: George Turns 3: The Preschool Prince!
- Game of Thrones Will End After Season 8, HBO Confirms
- Katy Perry Plans to Look Like Paula Deen in 30 Years so Gear Up
- 6 Things to Know About Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – And How it Fits Into the Potter Universe
People Top 5
LAST UPDATE: Tuesday February 10, 2015 01:10PM EST
PEOPLE Top 5 are the most-viewed stories on the site over the past three days, updated every 60 minutes
- April 24, 1978
- Vol. 9
- No. 16
Betty Ford Bravely Faces Up to the Strains and Pains That Have Produced a New Problem: Drugs
Finally, last week Betty checked herself into the alcohol and drug rehabilitation center at Long Beach Naval Hospital to seek a cure. In a statement, as candid and courageous as ever, she declared: "It's an insidious thing, and I mean to rid myself of its damaging effects. There have been too many other things I have overcome to be forever burdened with this."
There was reason for hope, because she had previously worked on a drinking problem. But there was also a deeper difficulty this time. The flare-up that led to her hospitalization and brought Ford and all of their children hurrying home had occurred shortly after an L.A. speech in which he had indicated an interest in the Republican presidential nomination for 1980. "That had to have something to do with her getting sick," said a friend of the family. "He had promised her he wouldn't run." Indeed, even before his wife was admitted to the naval drug center, Ford was back on the circuit of lectures, celebrity golf tournaments and banquets.
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
The most buzzed about stars this minute!