PLEASE say “no”… Sorry to report that former First Lady Nancy Reagan has died at age 94 at her home in Los Angeles.
Wife of President Ronald Reagan, Ms. Reagan brought strength, class and a conservative rock of Gibralter to the White House:
Her White House and lifelong campaign “Just Say No” to drugs was no doubt the most successful First Lady project in America.
“My life really began when I married my husband,” Nancy Reagan once said, and for 52 years of marriage they were a fiercely close and devoted couple.
“Thank God we found each other,” she said in a 1998 interview. “Can’t imagine life without him.”
From 1981-89, Nancy Reagan was annually voted one of the world’s ten most admired women in a Gallup poll and three times, she came in at number one.
Nancy Davis Reagan was born July 6, 1921 in New York City as Anne Frances Robbins. Her father was Kenneth Seymour Robbins, a used car salesman, and her mother Edith P. Luckett, was an actress. She became known as Nancy as a child.
Her parents divorced when she was young and her mother remarried Dr. Loyal Davis, a Chicago neurosurgeon, who adopted her.
She took his name and attended private school in Chicago, followed by Smith College, where she majored in drama.
Nancy Davis began her career as an actress in stage, film and television productions. In 1951, she met Reagan when she found her name on a newspaper list of supposed Communist sympathizers and she consulted the actor, then president of the Screen Actors Guild, to see what could be done about it. (He said she’d been confused with another actress with the same name).
They married on March 4, 1952 (it was his second marriage after divorcing actress Jane Wyman) and had two children who survive her, Patricia and Ron. She also is survived by Michael. Her stepdaughter, Maureen, died in 2001.
In all, Nancy Reagan made 11 movies, the last, “Hellcats of the Navy” (1956) opposite her husband.
“I must say acting was good training for the political life which lay ahead for us,” she observed – along with “the movies were custard compared to politics.”
Ronald Reagan served as governor of California from 1967-1975 and as the state’s first lady, Nancy became a champion of the Foster Grandparent Program, which brought together senior citizens and handicapped children.
Nancy Reagan took a lot of flack for having the gaul to buy new China for the White House. The press eviserated her and yet, when Michelle Obama spends millions and million of dollars on vacations and taking separate Air Force One rides when she could easily go with her husband, the mainstream press is silent.
Makes me sick.
Ronald Reagan was the first person I ever voted for for President. Nancy was my First Lady.
Compare her to what’s going on now and it’s just sad..
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