Betty FrancisPlayed by January Jones


Betty knows how she is supposed to behave as the perfect housewife and mother, but something about it feels wrong to her. She enjoys the excitement and glamour of her marriage to Don, but his dishonesty proves too painful to endure. Instead she seeks stability with the old fashioned politician, Henry Francis. Betty struggles to understand and be understood by her children, but ultimately feels rejected by both Sally and Bobby, and fears it is only a matter of time before little Gene does the same. After years of living as she had been told she should want to, Betty grows tired of keeping her opinions to herself, finally demanding to be heard.

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Betty Francis Quotes

“If the clothes from that dry cleaning bag are on the floor of my closet, you’re going to be a very sorry young lady.”
Season 1, Episode 2: “The Ladies Room”
“Honestly, I think she’s jealous of me. I’ve seen it before, I was in a sorority.”
Season 1, Episode 4: “New Amsterdam”
“My mother always said, ‘You’re painting a masterpiece, make sure to hide the brush strokes.’”
Season 1, Episode 7: “Red in the Face”
“As far as I’m concerned, as long as men look at me that way, I’m earning my keep.”
Season 1, Episode 7: “Red in the Face”
“Still, I can’t help but think that I’d be happy if my husband was faithful to me.” “The way he makes love — sometimes its what I want and sometimes, its obivously what someone else wants.”
Season 1, Episode 13: “The Wheel”
“I know people say life goes on, and it does, and no one tells you that’s not a good thing. Why is that?”
Season 1, Episode 10: “Long Weekend”
“Somewhere there’s a pregnant girl floating in a lake.”
Season 2, Episode 3: “The Benefactor”
Arthur: “You’re so profoundly sad.”
Betty: “No, it’s just that my people are Nordic.”
Season 2, Episode 3: “The Benefactor”
“I’m here all day alone with them. Out-numbered!”
Season 2, Episode 4: “Three Sundays”
“I would never do this to you. How could you do this to me?”
Season 2, Episode 8: “A Night to Remember”
“Go bang your head against the wall. Only boring people are bored.”
Season 3, Episode 6: “Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency”
“What’s a matter Don? Don’t know where you will be in three years?”
Season 3, Episode 7: “Seven Twenty Three”
“You don’t kiss boys, boys kiss you.”
Season 3, Episode 8: “Souvenir”
“I hate this place. I hate our friends. I hate this town.”
Season 3, Episode 8: “Souvenir”