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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Presidential Secretary

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Boston, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
Yes.

Birthplace

Born:
11/10/1939
Birth Location:
Edwards, Mississippi

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Presidential Secretary

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Boston, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
Yes.

Birthplace

Born:
11/10/1939
Birth Location:
Edwards
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Biography

President Bill Clinton’s personal secretary Betty Currie was born Betty Grace Williams on November 10, 1939, in Edwards, Mississippi. Soon after her birth, Currie’s parents, Theodore R. and Vivian U. Williams moved with their nine children to Waukegan, Illinois. She attended McAllister Elementary School on Waukegan’s Southside. Graduating from Waukegan Township High School’s business course in 1957, Currie found clerical employment at the nearby U. S. Naval Training Station at Great Lakes, Illinois.

Following a move to Washington, D.C., Currie worked for the U. S. Navy Department, U. S. Postal Service Headquarters, U. S. Agency for International Development, U. S. Peace Corps/Action, and U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. Always striving, Currie completed special training by the U. S. Department of Agriculture and was enrolled at Howard University, American University and Antioch College.

Retiring from government service in 1984, Currie volunteered for Operation Rescue, the United Way, the Commission on the Status of Women, and Rainbow Christian Services. Currie also volunteered for the failed Democratic presidential campaigns of Mondale/Ferraro in 1984 and the Dukakis/Bentsen ticket of 1988. She hesitantly joined the Clinton/Gore campaign in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1991, where she served with James Carville in the “war room”.

Following Bill Clinton’s 1992 election to the presidency, Currie was chosen to serve as his personal secretary in the White House. She served throughout both of Clinton’s terms. In this capacity, Currie coordinated the Presidents communications including phone calls, letters, e-mails, coordinating appointments and greeted all visitors. Meeting heroes like Nelson Mandela and Rosa Parks compensated for the long hours. In 1997, Currie testified before the special prosecutor’s investigation of the Clinton/Lewinsky affair amidst a frenzy of media attention. Described by journalist and colleagues as truthful, she still retains her association with the Clinton family.

Currie, finally retired at the time of her interview, lives in suburban Maryland with her husband and “Socks”, Chelsea Clinton’s White House cat. She has a grown daughter.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Betty Currie's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Betty Currie describes her mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Betty Currie remembers her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Betty Currie recalls how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Betty Currie remembers her grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Betty Currie names her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Betty Currie describes her childhood environs
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Betty Currie describes her early involvement in the church
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Betty Currie describes her childhood personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Betty Currie recalls her school years
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Betty Currie remembers media in the late 1950s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Betty Currie describes her high school social life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Betty Currie discusses her early career aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Betty Currie remembers the failure of college counselors to encourage her
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Betty Currie recalls a high school mentor
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Betty Currie recounts forgoing college to work at Great Lakes Naval Base
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Betty Currie describes her exposure to news as a youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Betty Currie remembers life in segregated Washington D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Betty Currie shares anecdotes from her early career in Washington D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Betty Currie relates when she noticed her political affiliation shifting left
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Betty Currie remembers her years with the Peace Corps
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Betty Currie recalls her work on several presidential campaigns
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Betty Currie regrets not graduating from college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Betty Currie shares her concerns about economic policy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Betty Currie explains her motivation for working on Democratic presidential campaigns
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Betty Currie briefly discusses working on Bill Clinton's presidential campaign
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Betty Currie details her days with the 1992 Clinton Presidential campaign
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Betty Currie describes life in the 'War Room' with campaign director James Carville
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Betty Currie remembers the 1992 Clinton campaign
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Betty Currie relates how she became President Clinton's personal secretary
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Betty Currie discusses the Oval Office staff
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Betty Currie recalls President Clinton's daily schedule
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Betty Currie shares some memories from the Oval Office
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Bettie Currie discusses her daily ritual of going to work at the White House
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Betty Currie recalls the controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton's health plan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Bettie Currie remembers incidents from President Clinton's first term
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Betty Currie reveals the sensitive nature of her position as Presidential Secretary
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Betty Currie recalls the 1996 re-election campaign
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Betty Currie shares some memories from the second term in the Clinton White House
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Betty Currie details her perspective of the Monica Lewinsky travails, part I
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Betty Currie details the Monica Lewinsky travails, part II
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Betty Currie describes her public image during the Monica Lewinsky scandal
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Betty Currie remembers the investigation of the Lewinsky scandal
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Betty Currie recalls other figures from the Lewinsky scandal
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Betty Currie recalls her disappointment in President Clinton's obfuscations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Betty Currie describes Hillary Clinton's reaction to President Clinton's infidelity
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Betty Currie remembers the last years of the Clinton administration
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Betty Currie offers some thoughts on Al Gore's presidential campaign
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Betty Currie describes the last days of President Clinton's term
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Betty Currie shares anecdotes from some recent visits to the White House
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Betty Currie notes changes in White House procedure since her tenure
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Betty Currie discusses her activities since leaving the White House
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Betty Currie recalls meeting Nelson Mandela at the White House
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Betty Currie discusses her relationships with President Clinton's friends and family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Betty Currie discusses her hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Betty Currie reflects on Bill Clinton's and George W. Bush's presidencies
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Betty Currie considers her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Betty Currie remembers the Million Man March in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Betty Currie sums up her White House experiences
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Socks Clinton Currie
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Photo - Betty Currie's mother, Vivian Ercell Williams, ca. 1990
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Photo - Betty Currie with her sister Esther, ca. 2000
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Photo - Betty Currie with Nelson Mandela and President Bill Clinton at the White House, Washington, D.C., 1993
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - Photo - Betty Currie's high school photo, Waukegan, Illinois, 1957
  • Tape: 6 Story: 13 - Photo - Betty Currie's daughter Toni Mitchell, and niece Leslie
  • Tape: 6 Story: 14 - Photos - Betty Currie's niece, Camilla
  • Tape: 6 Story: 15 - Photo - Betty Currie's sister, Iris Williams
  • Tape: 6 Story: 16 - Photo - Betty Currie's sister-in-law, Gladys Williams
  • Tape: 6 Story: 17 - Photo - Betty Currie and her daughter, Toni Mitchell
  • Tape: 6 Story: 18 - Photo - Betty Currie's brother Theodore Williams, and his daughter Camilla
  • Tape: 6 Story: 19 - Photo - Betty Currie's nieces and nephews
  • Tape: 6 Story: 20 - Photo - Betty Currie with sister Iris Williams and sister-in-law, Gladys Williams
  • Tape: 6 Story: 21 - Photo - Betty Currie's husband, Bob Currie, and niece, Leslie
  • Tape: 6 Story: 22 - Photo - Betty Currie's niece, Davie, ca.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 23 - Photo - Betty Currie's niece, Davie
  • Tape: 6 Story: 24 - Photo - Betty Currie and her husband, Bob Currie
  • Tape: 6 Story: 25 - Photo - Betty Currie's mother, Vivian Ercell Williams
  • Tape: 6 Story: 26 - Photo - Betty Currie's sister Esther, brother-in-law Davy, and Carla Thomas
  • Tape: 6 Story: 27 - Photo - Betty Currie's daughter, Toni Mitchell
  • Tape: 6 Story: 28 - Photo - Betty Currie's brother-in-law, James Hawkins
  • Tape: 6 Story: 29 - Photo - Betty Currie with her sister, Esther
  • Tape: 6 Story: 30 - Photo - Betty Currie's niece, Davie
  • Tape: 6 Story: 31 - Photo - Betty Currie's sister Esther, and sister-in-law Gladys Williams
  • Tape: 6 Story: 32 - Photo - Betty Currie's great-nephew, Omar Ishmael