Ford, Kathy

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Ford, Kathy Gender: F
Kathleen DuRoss
born on 11 February 1940 at 05:30 (= 05:30 AM )
Place Belding, Michigan, 43n06, 85w14
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 21°34' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 25°25 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 08°15'


American heiress, widowed with the death of Henry Ford II, 70, who died of pneumonia on 9/29/1987. He left Kathleen $3 million in cash plus the income - estimated at $15 million a year - from a $350 million trust, in addition to homes in London, Palm Beach and suburban Detroit. The generous will to his widow sparked a long and bitter court battle, which was settled in 1988, between Kathleen and Henry's three kids from his first marriage.

Raised in a working-class home in Detroit, she was married and pregnant at 15; her husband, David DuRoss, was killed in a car crash three years later on 12/12/1959. She became a model to support their two kids. At 30, she met Henry Ford II, and took the role of his mistress for years in a "back street" affair before becoming his third wife on 10/1/1980. Broadly traveled in the U.S. and Europe, she took up the hobby of photography.

On the evening of 1/10/1997, while she was out of the country, a burglar removed a windowpane of the master bedroom at her $4.6 million home in Palm Beach, Florida and made off with her jewels, worth an estimated $12 to $15 million. She was not insured, and offered a $1 million reward. Though the majority of the jewels were returned through the efforts of Randy Jones and Shawn Slep, the owners of Global Gems, a jewelry store, and Jeff Meyer, who spotted one of the gems and reported it in December 1997, the reward was never paid and turned into an ugly legal fight instead.



  • Death of Mate 12 December 1959 (First husband killed in car crash)
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  • Relationship : Meet a significant person 1970 (Henry Ford II)
  • Relationship : Marriage 14 October 1980 (Henry Ford II)
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  • Financial : Gain significant money September 1987 (Inherited large estate from Henry)
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  • Crime : Trial dates 1988 (Courts settled financial estate)
  • Financial Crime Victimization 10 January 1997 (Jewels burglared in amount of $12 to 15 million)
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  • Misc. : Find something December 1997 (Some of jewels returned)
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Source Notes

Penny Thornton quotes her in "Sons and Lovers."


  • Family : Relationship : Stress - Extramarital affairs (Mistress of Henry Ford II for ten years)
  • Family : Relationship : Widowed (Twice)
  • Family : Parenting : Foster, Step, or Adopted Kids (Three step-kids)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Money Through Marriage
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Wealthy
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Hobbies, games (Photography)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Travel
  • Vocation : Beauty : Model
  • Notable : Famous : Socialite
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women