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Nancy Reagan

Nancy Reagan
Nancy Davis Reagan

First Lady of the United States In office January 20, 1981 – January 20, 1989 Preceded by Succeeded by Rosalynn Carter Barbara Bush

First Lady of California In office January 3, 1967 – January 7, 1975 Preceded by Succeeded by Born Bernice Layne Brown None July 6, 1921 (1921-07-06) New York City, New York, U.S. Ronald Reagan (1952–2004) Kenneth Seymour Robbins and Edith Luckett Patti, Ron Smith College Actress, First Lady of the United States Presbyterian

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living with an aunt and uncle while her mother pursued acting jobs. As Nancy Davis, she was an actress in the 1940s and 1950s, starring in films such as Donovan’s Brain, Night into Morning, and Hellcats of the Navy. In 1952 she married Ronald Reagan, who was then president of the Screen Actors Guild; they had two children. Nancy was the First Lady of California when her husband was Governor from 1967 to 1975. She became the First Lady of the United States in January 1981 following her husband’s victory, but experienced criticism early in his first term largely due to her decision to replenish the White House china. Nancy restored a Kennedy-esque glamour to the White House following years of lax formality, and her interest in high-end fashion garnered much attention, as well as criticism. She championed recreational drug prevention causes by founding the "Just Say No" drug awareness campaign, which was considered her major initiative as First Lady. Always protective of her husband, more controversy ensued when it was revealed in 1988 that she had consulted an astrologer to assist in planning the president’s schedule after the 1981 assassination attempt on her husband. The Reagans retired to their home in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California in 1989. Nancy devoted most of her time to caring for her ailing husband, diagnosed in 1994 with Alzheimer’s disease, until his death in 2004. Nancy Reagan has remained active within the Reagan Library and in politics, particularly in support of stem-cell research.

Early life
Anne Frances Robbins was born on July 6, 1921,[1][2] at Manhattan’s Sloane Hospital for Women in New York,[3][4] the only child of car salesman Kenneth Seymour Robbins (1894–1972)[5] and his actress wife, Edith Luckett (1888–1987).[6] She lived for her first two years in Flushing, Queens, in New York.[7] While her parents divorced soon after her birth, they had already been separated for some time.[8] As her mother traveled the country to pursue acting jobs, Nancy was

Nancy Davis Reagan (born Anne Frances Robbins on July 6, 1921) is the widow of former United States President Ronald Reagan and served as an influential First Lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989. Born in New York, her parents divorced soon after her birth; she grew up in Maryland,


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raised in Bethesda, Maryland, for the next six years by her aunt Virginia and uncle Audley Gailbraith.[9] Nancy describes longing for her mother during those years: "My favorite times were when Mother had a job in New York, and Aunt Virgie would take me by train to stay with her."[10] In 1929, her mother married Loyal Davis (1896–1982), a prominent, politically conservative neurosurgeon who moved the family to Chicago.[1] Nancy and her stepfather got along very well;[11] she would later write that he was "a man of great integrity who exemplified old-fashioned values".[12] He formally adopted her in 1935,[1] and she would always refer to him as her father.[11] After the adoption, her name was legally changed to Nancy Davis (since birth, she had commonly been called Nancy).[8] She attended the Girls’ Latin School of Chicago (describing herself as an average student), graduated in 1939, and later attended Smith College in Massachusetts, where she majored in English and drama and graduated in 1943.[6][13]

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With the help of her mother’s colleagues in theatre, including Zasu Pitts, Walter Huston, and Spencer Tracy,[11] she pursued a career as a professional actress. She first gained a part in Pitts’ 1945 road tour of Ramshackle Inn,[6][1] then settled in New York City. She landed the role of Si-Tchun, a lady-in-waiting,[14] in the 1946 Broadway musical about the Orient, Lute Song, starring Mary Martin and Yul Brynner,[6] after the show’s producer told her, "You look like you could be Chinese."[15] After passing a screen test,[6] she signed a seven-year contract with Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios (MGM) in 1949;[1] she later remarked, "Joining Metro was like walking into a dream world."[16] Davis appeared in 11 feature films, usually typecast as a "loyal housewife",[17] "responsible young mother", or "the steady woman".[18] She kept her professional name as Nancy Davis even after marrying. Her film career began with minor roles in 1949’s The Doctor and the Girl with Glenn Ford, and followed with East Side, West Side starring Barbara Stanwyck.[19] She played a child psychiatrist in the film noir Shadow on the Wall (1950) with Ann Sothern and Zachary Scott; her performance was called "beautiful and convincing" by New York Times critic A. H. Weiler.[20] She costarred in 1950’s The Next Voice You Hear..., playing a pregnant housewife who hears the voice of God from her radio. Influential reviewer Bosley Crowther of The New York Times wrote that "Nancy Davis [is] delightful as [a] gentle, plain, and understanding wife."[21] A later critic admired the film’s effort to convincingly portray Davis as pregnant—many other films from the time neglected to do so.[22] In 1951, Davis appeared in her favorite screen role,[23] Night Into Morning, a study of bereavement starring Ray Milland. The Times’ Crowther said that Davis "does nicely as the fiancée who is widowed herself and knows the loneliness of grief,"[24] while another noted critic, The Washington Post’s Richard L. Coe, said Davis "is splendid as the understanding widow."[25] Davis left MGM in 1952, seeking a broader range of parts.[26] She soon starred in the 1953 science fiction film Donovan’s Brain; Crowther said that Davis, playing the role of a possessed scientist’s "sadly baffled wife", "walked through it all in stark confusion" in an "utterly silly" film.[27] In her last movie, Hellcats of the Navy (1957), she played nurse

Acting career

Nancy Davis poses for a publicity photo, 1950 Following her graduation, Davis held jobs in Chicago as a sales clerk in Marshall Field’s department store and as a nurse’s aide.[6]


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Lieutenant Helen Blair and shared the screen for the only time with her husband, playing what one critic called "a housewife who came along for the ride".[28] Another reviewer, however, stated that Davis plays her part well, and "does well with what she has to work with".[29] Noted author Garry Wills believes that Davis was underrated as an actress overall, because her constrained part in Hellcats was her most widely seen performance.[18] Davis seems to have downplayed her Hollywood goals: MGM promotional material in 1949 said that her "greatest ambition" was to have a "successful happy marriage";[18] decades later, in 1975, she would say, "I was never really a career woman but [became one] only because I hadn’t found the man I wanted to marry. I couldn’t sit around and do nothing, so I became an actress."[18] Ronald Reagan biographer Lou Cannon nevertheless characterized her as a "reliable" and "solid" performer who held her own in performances with better-known actors.[18] After her final film, she appeared in television dramas such as Wagon Train and The Tall Man until 1962, when she retired as an actress.[19] During her career, she served on the board of directors of the Screen Actors Guild for nearly 10 years.[30] Decades later, Albert Brooks attempted to coax Reagan out of acting retirement by offering her the title role opposite himself in his 1996 film Mother.[31] Reagan declined in order to care for her husband, and Debbie Reynolds played the part.[31]

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Newlyweds Ronald and Nancy Reagan, March 4, 1952 about marriage, however, following his painful 1948 divorce from Jane Wyman, and he still saw other women.[32] He eventually proposed to Davis in the couple’s favorite booth at the Beverly Hills restaurant Chasen’s.[32] They married on March 4, 1952—in a simple ceremony designed to avoid the press[33]—at the Little Brown Church in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. The only people in attendance were actor William Holden, the best man, and his wife, the matron of honor.[32][34] The couple’s first child, Patricia Ann Reagan (better known by her professional name, Patti Davis), was born on October 21, 1952. Their son, Ronald Prescott Reagan, was born six years later on May 20. Nancy Reagan also became stepmother to Maureen Reagan (1941-2001) and Michael Reagan (born 1945), the children of her husband’s first marriage to Jane Wyman. Observers described Ronald and Nancy Reagan’s relationship as intimate.[35] As President and First Lady, the Reagans were reported to display their affection frequently, with one press secretary noting, "They never took each other for granted. They never stopped courting."[36][37] Ronald often called Nancy "Mommy"; she called him "Ronnie".[37] While the President was

Marriage and family
During her career as an actress, Nancy Davis dated actors in Hollywood; she later called Clark Gable, whom she dated briefly, the nicest of the stars she had met.[11] On November 15, 1949, she met Ronald Reagan,[32] who was then president of the Screen Actors Guild. Concerned that she would be confused with another actress of the same name who appeared on the Hollywood blacklist, she contacted Reagan to help maintain her employment as a guild actress in Hollywood, and for assistance in having her name removed from the list.[11] The two began dating and their relationship became publicly visible; one Hollywood press account described their nightclub-free times together as "the romance of a couple who have no vices".[32] Ronald Reagan was skeptical


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fastened upon her husband during his speeches and appearances.[40] President Reagan’s death in June 2004 ended what actor Charlton Heston called "the greatest love affair in the history of the American Presidency."[36] Nancy’s relationship with her children was not always as close as that with her husband; she frequently quarreled with her biological children and her stepchildren. Her relationship with Patti was the most contentious; Patti flouted American conservatism and rebelled against her parents by joining the nuclear freeze movement and authoring many anti-Reagan books.[41] Nancy’s disagreements with Michael were also shown publicly. In 1984, she was quoted on television as saying that the two were in an "estrangement right now". Michael responded that Nancy was trying to cover up for the fact she had not met his daughter, Ashley, who had been born nearly a year earlier.[42] They eventually made peace, however. Nancy was thought to be closest to her stepdaughter Maureen during the White House years, but each of the Reagan children experienced periods of estrangement from their parents.[36]

Nancy and Ronald Reagan on a boat in 1964

The Reagan family in 1967, shortly after Ronald Reagan’s inauguration as Governor of California recuperating in the hospital after the 1981 assassination attempt, Nancy Reagan wrote in her diary, "Nothing can happen to my Ronnie. My life would be over."[38] In a letter to Nancy, Ronald wrote, "whatever I treasure and enjoy … all would be without meaning if I didn’t have you."[39] In 1994, President Reagan wrote, "I have recently been told that I am one of the millions of Americans who will be afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease … I only wish there was some way I could spare Nancy from this painful experience."[36] In 1998, while her husband was severely affected by the disease, Nancy told Vanity Fair, "Our relationship is very special. We were very much in love and still are. When I say my life began with Ronnie, well, it’s true. It did. I can’t imagine life without him."[36] Nancy was known for the focused and attentive look, nicknamed "the Gaze", that she

First Lady of California, 1967–1975
Reagan was First Lady of California during her husband’s two terms as governor. She disliked living in Sacramento, which lacked the excitement, social life, and mild climate to which she was accustomed in Los Angeles.[43] She first attracted controversy early in 1967, when, after four months’ residence in the California Governor’s Mansion in Sacramento, she moved her family into a wealthy suburb because fire officials had described the mansion as a "firetrap".[44] Though the Reagans leased the new house at their expense,[43] the move was viewed by many as snobbish. Nancy defended her actions as being for the good of her family, a judgment with which her husband readily agreed.[44][43] Friends of the family later helped support the cost of the leased house, while Nancy Reagan supervised construction of a new ranch-style governor’s residence in nearby Carmichael.[45] The new residence was finished just as Ronald Reagan left office in 1975, but his successor Jerry Brown


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On the campaign trail
Governor Reagan’s term ended in 1975, and he did not run for a third; instead, he met with advisors to discuss a possible bid for the presidency in 1976, challenging incumbent President Gerald Ford. His advisors approved, but Reagan still needed to convince a reluctant Nancy.[54] She feared for her husband’s health and his career as a whole, though she felt that he was the right man for the job and eventually approved.[55] Nancy took on a more traditional role in the campaign, holding coffees, luncheons, and talks with senior citizens.[55] With that, she oversaw personnel, monitored her husband’s schedule, and occasionally provided press conferences.[56] The 1976 campaign included the so-called "battle of the queens", contrasting Nancy with First Lady Betty Ford. They both spoke out in the campaign on similar issues, but with different approaches.[57] Nancy was particularly upset by the warmonger image that the Ford campaign had drawn of her husband.[55] Though he lost the 1976 Republican nomination, Reagan ran again for the presidency in 1980 and succeeded in winning the nomination and election. During this second campaign, Nancy played a very prominent role and her management of staff became more apparent.[56] She arranged a meeting among feuding campaign managers John Sears and Michael Deaver and her husband, which resulted in Deaver leaving the campaign and Sears being given full control. After the Reagan camp lost the Iowa caucus and fell behind in New Hampshire polls, Nancy organized a second meeting and decided it was time to fire Sears and his associates; she gave Sears a copy of the press release announcing his dismissal.[56] Her influence on her husband became particularly notable; her presence at rallies, luncheons, and receptions increased his confidence.[58]

Nancy as the First Lady of California refused to live there. It was eventually sold in 1982, and California governors have been living in improvised arrangements ever since.[45] In 1967 Nancy Reagan was appointed by her husband to the California Arts Commission,[46] and a year later was named Los Angeles Times’ Woman of the Year; in its profile, the Times labeled her "A Model First Lady".[47] Her glamour, style, and youthfulness made her a frequent subject for press photographers.[48] As First Lady, Reagan visited veterans, the elderly, and the handicapped, and worked with a number of charities.[49] She was involved with the Foster Grandparent Program,[50] helping to popularize it in the United States, then in Australia.[51] She later expanded her work with the organization after arriving in Washington,[50] and wrote about it in her 1982 book To Love a Child.[52] The Reagans also held dinners for former POWs and Vietnam War veterans while Governor and First Lady.[53]

First Lady of the United States, 1981–1989
White House glamour
Nancy Reagan became the First Lady of the United States when Ronald Reagan was


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private donations.[6] Nancy directed a major renovation of several White House rooms, including all of the second and third floors[60] and the press briefing room.[61] The renovation included the conversion of the master bedroom’s closet into a beauty parlor and dressing room, as well as the West bedroom into a small gymnasium.[62] The addition of a Chinese-pattern handpainted wallpaper to the master bedroom, as well as many other significant changes, took place as a result of the renovation and refurbishment.[63] Nancy drew controversy by announcing the purchase of 4,370 pieces of scarlet, cream and gold state china service for the White House at a cost of $210,399.[64] Although the china was paid for by private donations, some from the private Knapp Foundation, the purchase raised eyebrows, for it was ordered at a time when the nation was undergoing an economic recession.[65]

First Lady Nancy Reagan and President Reagan during the inaugural parade, 1981

Another of Nancy Reagan’s trademarks was her interest in fashion. After the presidencies of Gerald Ford (who favored the Michigan fight song over "Hail to the Chief") and Jimmy Carter (who dramatically reduced the formality of presidential functions), Nancy brought a Kennedy-esque glamour back into the White House.[66][67] In many press accounts, Nancy’s sense of style was favorably compared to that of previous First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.[68] Nancy favored the color red, calling it "a picker-upper", and wore it accordingly.[66] Her wardrobe included red so often, that the fire-engine shade became known as "Reagan red".[69] She chose dresses and gowns made by luxury designers, including James Galanos and Oscar de la Renta; her 1981 Galanos inaugural gown was estimated to cost $10,000.[66] She hired two private hairdressers that would do her hair on a regular basis in the White House.[70] Her elegant fashions and wardrobe were also controversial subjects. In 1982, she revealed that she had accepted thousands of dollars in clothing, jewelry, and other gifts, but defended herself by stating that she had borrowed the clothes and that they would either be returned or donated to museums,[71][66] and that she was promoting the American fashion industry.[72] Facing criticism, she soon said she would no longer accept such loans.[72] In practice, in addition to often buying her clothes, she continued to

Mrs. Reagan models for Vogue Magazine in the Red Room, 1981 inaugurated as President in 1981. Early in her tenure as First Lady, Reagan stated her desire to create a more suitable "first home" in the White House, as the building had fallen into a state of disrepair following years of neglect.[59] Rather than use government funds to renovate and redecorate, she sought


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borrow and sometimes keep designer clothes throughout her time as First Lady, which came to light in 1988 based upon statements of several designers,[73] for whom the arrangement was good for their businesses[73] as well as for the American fashion industry overall.[74] After first denying any such activity, none of which had been included on financial disclosure forms,[73] Nancy acknowledged that she had "broken her little promise"[74] by continuing to take loans and expressed through her press secretary "regrets that she failed to heed counsel’s advice" on disclosing them.[75] Such gifts and fashion loans were later determined to be worth about $3 million;[76] the non-reporting of loans under $10,000 in liability was in violation of a voluntary agreement the White House had made in 1982, while the non-reporting of more valuable loans or of any clothes not returned that thus constituted gifts was in violation of the Ethics in Government Act.[73][75][77] The new china, White House renovations, expensive clothing, and her attendance at the wedding of Charles and Diana, Prince and Princess of Wales,[78] gave her an aura of being "out of touch" with the American people during an economic recession.[6] This and her taste for splendor inspired the derogatory nickname "Queen Nancy".[6] While Jacqueline Kennedy had also faced some press criticism for spending a lot on clothes, Reagan’s treatment was much more consistent and negative.[68] In an attempt to deflect the criticism, she self-deprecatingly donned a baglady costume at the 1982 Gridiron Dinner and sang "Second-Hand Clothes", mimicking the song "Second-Hand Rose".[79] Nancy Reagan reflected on the criticisms in her 1989 autobiography, My Turn. Reagan describes lunching with former Democratic National Committee chairman Robert Strauss, wherein Strauss said to her, "When you first came to town, Nancy, I didn’t like you at all. But after I got to know you, I changed my mind and said, ’She’s some broad!’" Nancy responded, "Bob, based on the press reports I read then, I wouldn’t have liked me either!"[80]

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Reagan gives a speech at a "Just Say No" rally in Los Angeles, California in 1987. as First Lady.[6] Nancy first became impressed by the education of young people regarding drugs during a 1980 campaign stop in Daytop Village, New York.[81] She remarked in 1981, "Understanding what drugs can do to your children, understanding peer pressure and understanding why they turn to drugs is... the first step in solving the problem."[81] Her campaign focused on drug education and informing the youth of the danger of drug abuse.[81] In 1982, Nancy Reagan was asked by a schoolgirl what to do when offered drugs; Nancy responded "Just say no."[82][83] The phrase proliferated in the popular culture of the 1980s and was eventually adopted as the name of club organizations and school antidrug programs.[6] Reagan became actively involved by traveling more than 250,000 miles (400,000 km) throughout the United States and several nations, visiting drug abuse prevention programs and drug rehabilitation centers. She also appeared on television talk shows, recorded public service announcements, and wrote guest articles.[6]

Just Say No
Nancy Reagan launched the "Just Say No" drug awareness campaign in 1982, which was her primary project and major initiative


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She appeared in an episode of the hit television drama Dynasty to underscore support for the anti-drug campaign. As she continued to promote "Just Say No", she appeared in an episode of the popular 1980s sitcom Diff’rent Strokes[84] and in a 1985 rock music video, "Stop the Madness".[85] When asked about her campaign, the first lady remarked, "If you can save just one child, it’s worth it."[86] In 1985, Nancy expanded the campaign to an international level by inviting the First Ladies of various nations to the White House for a conference on drug abuse.[6] On October 27, 1986, President Reagan signed a drug enforcement bill into law, which granted $1.7 billion in funding to fight the crisis and ensured a mandatory minimum penalty for drug offenses.[87] Although the bill was criticized by some, Nancy Reagan considered it a personal victory.[6] In 1988, she became the first First Lady invited to address the United Nations General Assembly, where she spoke on international drug interdiction and trafficking laws.[6]

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Her husband’s protector
Nancy Reagan assumed the role of unofficial "protector" for her husband after the attempted assassination on his life in 1981.[89] On March 30 of that year, President Reagan and three others were shot as they left the Washington Hilton Hotel. Nancy was alerted and arrived at George Washington University Hospital, where the President was hospitalized. She recalled having seen "emergency rooms before, but I had never seen one like this—with my husband in it."[90] She was escorted into a waiting room, and when granted access to see her husband, he quipped to her, "Honey, I forgot to duck", borrowing the defeated boxer Jack Dempsey’s jest to his wife.[91] An early example of her protective nature occurred when Senator Strom Thurmond entered the President’s hospital room that day in March, passing the Secret Service detail by claiming he was the President’s "close friend", presumably to acquire media attention.[92] Nancy was outraged and demanded he leave.[38] While the president recuperated in the hospital, the first lady slept with one of his shirts to be comforted by the scent.[38] When Reagan was released from the hospital on April 12, she escorted him back to the White House. Press accounts framed Nancy as her husband’s "chief protector", an extension of their general initial framing of her as a helpmate and a Cold War domestic ideal.[93]

Influence in the White House

Reagan hosts the First Ladies Conference on Drug Abuse at the White House, 1985. Critics of Reagan’s efforts questioned their purpose[88] and argued that the program did not go far enough in addressing many social issues, including unemployment, poverty, and family dissolution;[88] Nancy’s approach to promoting drug awareness was labeled as simplistic by liberal critics.[59] Nonetheless, a number of "Just Say No" clubs and organizations remain in operation around the country, and they aim to educate children and teenagers about the effects of drugs.[81]

"The Gaze": Nancy watches as her husband is sworn in for a second term by Chief Justice Warren Burger, on January 20, 1985. Nancy stated in her memoirs, "I felt panicky every time [Ronald] left the White House"[94] following the assassination


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attempt, and made it her concern to know her husband’s schedule: the events he would be attending, and with whom.[6] Eventually, this protectiveness led to her consulting an astrologer, Joan Quigley, who offered insight on which days were "good", "neutral", or should be avoided, which influenced her husband’s White House schedule.[95] Days were color-coded according to the astrologer’s advice to discern precisely which days and times would be optimal for the president’s safety and success.[6] The White House Chief of Staff, Donald Regan, grew frustrated with this regimen, which created friction between him and the First Lady. This escalated with the revelation of the Iran-Contra affair, an administration scandal, in which the First Lady felt Regan was damaging the president.[96] She thought he should resign, and expressed this to her husband although he did not share her view. Regan wanted President Reagan to address the Iran-Contra matter in early 1987 by means of a press conference, though Nancy refused to allow Reagan to overexert himself due to a recent prostate surgery and astrological warnings.[97] Regan became so angry with Nancy that he hung up on her during a 1987 telephone conversation. According to former ABC News correspondent Sam Donaldson, when the President heard of this treatment, he demanded—and eventually received—Regan’s resignation.[98] In his 1988 memoirs, Regan wrote about Nancy’s consultations with the astrologer, the first public mention of them, which resulted in embarrassment for the First Lady.[99] Nancy later wrote, "Astrology was simply one of the ways I coped with the fear I felt after my husband almost died... Was astrology one of the reasons [further attempts did not occur]? I don’t really believe it was, but I don’t really believe it wasn’t."[100] Nancy Reagan wielded a powerful influence over President Reagan.[101] Again stemming from the assassination attempt, she strictly controlled access to the president and even occasionally attempted to influence her husband’s decision making.[101][102] Press framing of Nancy changed from that of just helpmate and protector to someone with hidden power.[103] As the image of her as a political interloper grew, she sought to explicitly deny that she was the power behind the throne.[103] At the end of her time as First Lady, however, she said that her husband had not been well-served by his

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staff.[103][104] She acknowledged her role in reaction in influencing him on personnel decisions, saying "In no way do I apologize for it."[104] She wrote in her memoirs, "I don’t think I was as bad, or as extreme in my power or my weakness, as I was depicted,"[105] but went on, "[H]owever the first lady fits in, she has a unique and important role to play in looking after her husband. And it’s only natural that she’ll let him know what she thinks. I always did that for Ronnie, and I always will."[106]

Breast cancer
In October 1987, a mammogram detected a lesion in Nancy Reagan’s left breast and she was subsequently diagnosed with breast cancer. She chose to undergo a mastectomy rather than a lumpectomy[107] and the breast was removed on October 17, 1987. Not long after the operation, her mother, Edith Luckett Davis, died in Phoenix, Arizona, leading Nancy to dub the period "a terrible month".[108] After the surgery, more women across the country had mammograms, a demonstration of the influence of the first lady.[109]

The Russians
In 1985, 1987, and 1988, while Cold War discussions took place regarding nuclear affairs between Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev and President Reagan, Nancy met with Gorbachev’s wife, Raisa. The two women usually had tea, and discussed differences between the USSR and the United States. Their relationship was anything but the friendly, diplomatic one between their husbands; Nancy found Raisa hard to converse with and their relationship was described as "frosty".[110] Visiting the United States for the first time in 1987, Raisa irked Reagan with lectures on subjects ranging from architecture to socialism, reportedly prompting the American President’s wife to quip, "Who does that dame think she is?"[111] Nancy had previously encouraged her husband to hold these "summit" conferences with Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev, and suggested they form a personal relationship beforehand.[6] Both Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev had developed a productive relationship through their summit negotiations. In 1987, Gorbachev became the first Soviet


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those of Rosalynn Carter and Hillary Rodham Clinton, however she was less popular than Barbara Bush and her disapproval rating was double that of Carter’s.[116]

The Reagans and Gorbachevs at the state dinner, 1987 leader to visit Washington, D.C. since Nikita Khrushchev in 1959, and Nancy Reagan was in charge of planning and hosting the important and highly anticipated state dinner.[112] After the meal, Mrs. Reagan recruited pianist Van Cliburn to sing a rendition of "Moscow Nights" for the Soviet delegation, to which Mikhail and Raisa broke out into song.[113] Former Secretary of State George Shultz commented on the evening, saying "We felt the ice of the Cold War crumbling."[114] Nancy concluded, "It was a perfect ending for one of the great evenings of my husband’s presidency."[115]

Nancy Reagan’s official White House portrait hangs in the Vermeil Room. Upon leaving the White House, the couple returned to California, where they purchased a second home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles,[117] dividing their time between Bel Air and the Reagan Ranch in Santa Barbara, California; Ronald and Nancy regularly attended Bel Air Presbyterian Church as well.[118] After leaving Washington, Nancy made numerous public appearances, many on behalf of her husband. She continues to reside in the Bel Air home, where she lived with her husband until his death on June 5, 2004.[119]

Later life
Though Nancy was a controversial First Lady, 56 percent of Americans had a favorable opinion of her when her husband left office on January 20, 1989, with 18 percent having an unfavorable opinion and the balance not giving an opinion.[116] Compared to fellow First Ladies when their husbands left office, Reagan’s approval was higher than


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loans of high-fashion clothes and jewelry to Nancy during their time in the White House[125] (recipients benefiting from the display of such items recognize taxable income even if they are returned).[125] In 1992 the IRS determined the Reagans had failed to include some $3 million worth of fashion items between 1983 and 1988 on their tax returns;[76] they were billed for a large amount of back taxes and interest, which was subsequently paid.[76] Nancy Reagan was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, by President George W. Bush on July 9, 2002.[126] President Reagan received his own Presidential Medal of Freedom in January 1993. Nancy and her husband were jointly awarded the Congressional Gold Medal on May 16, 2002 at the Capitol Building, and were only the third President and First Lady to receive it; she received the medal for both of them.[127]

Early post-White House activities
In late 1989, the former First Lady established the Nancy Reagan Foundation, which aimed to continue to educate people about the dangers of substance abuse.[120] The Foundation teamed with the BEST Foundation For A Drug-Free Tomorrow in 1994, and developed the Nancy Reagan Afterschool Program. She continued to travel around the nation, speaking out against drug and alcohol abuse. After President Reagan revealed that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1994, she made herself his primary caregiver and became actively involved with the National Alzheimer’s Association and its affiliate, the Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Institute in Chicago, Illinois.[6] “ Ronnie’s ” long journey has finally taken him to a distant place where I can no longer reach him.[101] —Nancy Reagan, May 2004 Also in 1989 she published My Turn: The Memoirs of Nancy Reagan, which gives an account of her life in the White House, speaking openly about her influence within the Reagan administration and discussing the myths and controversies that surrounded the couple.[121] In 1991, the controversial author Kitty Kelley wrote an unauthorized and largely uncited biography about Nancy Reagan, repeating rumors of her supposed sexual relations with singer Frank Sinatra, and of her poor relationship with her children. The publications USAToday and National Review state that Kelley’s largely unsupported claims are most likely false.[122][123][124] In 1989 the Internal Revenue Service began investigating the Reagans for whether they owed additional tax on the gifts and

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Former First Lady Nancy Reagan says her last goodbye to President Ronald Reagan on June 11, 2004, prior to the interment and concluding a week-long state funeral for the president.


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Further information: Death and state funeral of Ronald Reagan Ronald Reagan died in their Bel Air home on June 5, 2004.[119] During the seven-day state funeral, Nancy, accompanied by her children and military escort, led the nation in mourning[128] by keeping a strong composure,[129] traveling from her home to the Reagan Library for a memorial service, then to Washington, D.C., where her husband’s body lay in state for 34 hours prior to a national funeral service in the Washington National Cathedral.[130] She returned to the library in California for a sunset memorial service and interment, where, overcome with emotion, she lost her composure, crying in public for the first time during the week.[129][131] After accepting the folded flag, she kissed the casket and mouthed "I love you" before leaving.[132] Journalist Wolf Blitzer said of Reagan during the week, "She’s a very, very strong woman, even though she looks frail."[133] Previously, she had directed the detailed planning of the funeral,[129] including ordering all the major events and asking former President George H. W. Bush as well as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney to speak during the National Cathedral Service.[129] She paid very close attention to the details, something she had always done in her husband’s life. Betsy Bloomingdale, one of Reagan’s closest friends, stated, "She looks a little frail. But she is very strong inside. She is. She has the strength. She is doing her last thing for Ronnie. And she is going to get it right."[129] The funeral marked Reagan’s first major public appearance since delivering a speech to the 1996 Republican National Convention on her husband’s behalf.[129] The funeral had a great impact on Reagan’s public image. Following substantial criticism during her tenure as First Lady, she was seen somewhat as a national heroine, praised by many for supporting and caring for her husband while he suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.[101] U.S. News & World Report opined, "after a decade in the shadows, a different, softer Nancy Reagan emerged."[134]

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Beginning in 2004, she favored what many consider to be the Democratic Party’s position, and urged President George W. Bush to support federally funded embryonic stem cell research in the hope that this science could lead to a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.[135] Although she failed to change the president’s position, she did support his campaign for a second term.[136] In 2005, Reagan was honored at a gala dinner at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. where guests included Dick Cheney, Harry Reid and Condoleezza Rice.[137] It was her first major public appearance since the funeral. Asked what her future plans were, Reagan shook her head and responded, "I don’t know. I’ll know when I’ll know. But the [Reagan] library is Ronnie, so that’s where I spend my time."[137] The following day she unveiled The Heart Truth First Ladies Red Dress Collection with Laura Bush at the Kennedy Center.[138] Reagan was briefly hospitalized the following month upon falling during a trip to the United Kingdom.[139]

Nancy Reagan hosts the 2008 Republican presidential candidates Reagan Library debate, January 30, 2008 In 2007, she attended the national funeral service for Gerald Ford in the Washington National Cathedral. On May 3 of the same year, Reagan hosted and attended the first 2008 Republican Presidential Candidates Debate at the Reagan Presidential Library. While she did not participate in the discussions, she sat in the front row and listened as the men vying to become the nation’s 44th president claimed to be a rightful successor to her husband, the 40th.[140] She attended the funeral of former First Lady Lady Bird Johnson in Austin, Texas on

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July 14, 2007[141] and three days later accepted the highest Polish distinction, the Order of the White Eagle, on behalf of Ronald Reagan at the Reagan Library. She mourned the deaths of her friends Merv Griffin and Michael Deaver in August that year.[142][143]

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final Republican debate of the 2008 presidential nomination process on January 30, 2008 at the Reagan Library.[148][149] On March 25 she formally endorsed Senator John McCain, then the presumptive Republican party nominee, for president of the United States at her home.[150] She attended the funeral of Charlton Heston in April.[151] Nancy Reagan’s health and well being became a prominent concern. In 2007, she was helped down a flight of stairs at the funeral of Lady Bird Johnson.[152] In February 2008 she suffered a fall at her Bel Air home and was taken to St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California. Doctors reported that she did not break a hip as feared and she was released from the hospital two days later.[153] News commentators noted that Reagan’s step had slowed significantly, as the following month she walked in very slow strides with John McCain.[152] NBC’s Brian Williams, who attended a dinner with Reagan in mid-2008, recalled, "Mrs. Reagan’s vision isn’t what it always was so she was taking very halting steps as a lot of folks her age do. She was very cautious... [She took] very, very slow, halting steps, but... it is so important for folks in her age bracket and in her bracket of life to remain upright and captain of their own ship. She very much is captain of her own ship."[152] As for her mental ability, Williams remarked, "She’s as sharp as ever and enjoys a robust life with her friends in California, but [falling] is always a danger of course. She’s a very stoic, hardy person full of joy and excitement for life... She is not without opinions on politics and political types these days... She is, as most of her friends described her, a pistol."[152] In October 2008, Reagan was admitted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after having fallen at home; doctors determined that the 87-year-old former first lady had fractured her pelvis and sacrum and could recuperate at home with a regimen of physical therapy.[154] As a result of her mishap, medical articles were published containing information on how to prevent falls.[155][156] In January 2009, Reagan was said to be "improving every day and starting to get out more and more."[157] In March 2009 she praised President Barack Obama for reversing the ban on federally funded embryonic stem cell research.[158]

Mrs. Reagan with Education Secretary Margaret Spellings at the Reagan Library, June 9, 2008

Mrs. Reagan, center, receives an honorary degree from Eureka College, March 31, 2009 She opened "Nancy Reagan: A First Lady’s Style" at her at her husband’s library in November, which displayed over eighty designer dresses belonging to her; it began with her 1952 wedding suit and culminated with the suit she wore to President Reagan’s 2004 funeral.[144][145] She traveled to New York City not long after and served as the guest of honor at a Reagan Library fundraiser hosted by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.[146] Though speculation arose over whether Reagan might support Bloomberg in a presidential bid,[147] nothing came of it and she served as hostess of the


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Honorary titles Preceded by Rosalynn Carter Preceded by Betty Ford Widowed Former First Lady First Lady of the United States 1981–1989 United States order of precedence Widowed Former First Lady

Nancy Reagan

Succeeded by Barbara Bush Succeeded by Ministers of foreign powers; otherwise John Paul Stevens Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

Order of precedence in the United States of America

• Reagan, Nancy (1980). Nancy: The Autobiography of America’s First Lady. United States: HarperCollins. ISBN 9780688035334. • Reagan, Nancy (1982). To Love a Child. United States: Bobbs-Merrill. ISBN 0672527111. • Schifando, Peter; J. Jonathan Joseph (2007). Entertaining at the White House with Nancy Reagan. New York: William Morrow. ISBN 9780061350122.

Persondata NAME ALTERNATIVE NAMES SHORT DESCRIPTION DATE OF BIRTH PLACE OF BIRTH DATE OF DEATH PLACE OF DEATH Reagan, Nancy Davis Robbins, Anne Frances (birth name) Former first lady of the United States July 6, 1921 New York, United States

External links
• • • • White House profile Nancy Reagan at The New York Times Nancy Reagan profile at NNDB Nancy Davis at the Internet Movie Database

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