Lauren Ford

Lauren Ford was a local artist known for her religious paintings usually of the Madonna or nativity scenes. Many of the nativity scenes are depicted contemporary rural setting of her day oftentimes in her barn or in Bethlehem itself. She is fictionalized as the character Amelia Potts portrayed by Elsa Lanchester in the 1949 film, Come to the Stable based on how Ford hosted Mother Benedict Duss and Mother Marie Aline on her farm until they were able to acquire land in Bethlehem and to found the Abbey of Regina Laudis. Her broadest exposure as an artist was perhaps the publication of her art in two issues of Life Magazine