Nancy Reagan

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Nancy Reagan

Widow of former United States President Ronald Reagan and was First Lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989 add

Category: Politics

Born in 1921.

Countries: United States (65%), California (9%), Washington (9%)

Main connections: Ronald Reagan, California, Gerald Ford

Linked to: Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, White House, Democratic Party

 

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Nancy Reagan was born in 1921 add something

 

"'Nancy Davis Reagan"' is the widow of former United States President Ronald Reagan and was First Lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989 add something


1939

She attended the Girls' Latin School of Chicago , graduated in 1939, and later attended Smith College in Massachusetts, where she majored in English and drama and graduated in 1943 add something


1940

A full china service had not been purchased since the Truman administration in the 1940s, as only a partial service was ordered in the Johnson administration add something

 

As "'Nancy Davis"', she was an actress in Hollywood in the 1940s and 1950s, starring in films such as "Donovan's Brain", "Night into Morning", and "Hellcats of the Navy" add something


1946

She landed the role of Si-Tchun, a lady-in-waiting, in the 1946 Broadway musical about the Orient, "Lute Song", starring Mary Martin and a pre-stardom Yul Brynner add something


1948

Ronald Reagan was skeptical about marriage, however, following his painful 1948 divorce from Jane Wyman, and he still saw other women add something


1949

Davis' 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 add something


1951

In 1951, Davis appeared in her favorite screen role, "Night Into Morning", a study of bereavement starring Ray Milland add something


1952

In 1952 she married Ronald Reagan, who was president of the Screen Actors Guild, and they had two children add something


1953

Her first appearance with Ronald Reagan came in one of the latter, "Ford Theatre", during a 1953 episode titled "First Born" add something

 

She made a number of television appearances from 1953 through 1962, as a guest star in dramatic shows or installments of anthology series add something

 

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 add something


1958

Their son, Ronald Prescott Reagan, was born six years later on May 20, 1958 add something


1962

After her final film, Davis appeared for a brief time as a guest star in television dramas such as "Wagon Train" and "The Tall Man" until 1962, when she retired as an actress add something


1967

In 1967, Nancy Reagan was appointed by her husband to the California Arts Commission, and a year later was named "Los Angeles Times"' Woman of the Year; in its profile, the "Times" labeled her "A Model First Lady" add something

 

Nancy was the First Lady of California when her husband was Governor from 1967 to 1975 add something


1970

Joan Lunden - Her popularity on the "GMA" program from the 1970s through the 1990s allowed her to interview U.S. Presidents and First Ladies Gerald and Betty Ford, Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter, Ronald and Nancy Reagan, George (George_H._W._Bush) and Barbara Bush, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Texas Governor George and Laura Bush prior to the younger Bush's 2000 election as President

 

Joan Quigley - Quigley first met Nancy Reagan in the 1970s on "The Merv Griffin Show"


1975

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 add something

 

The new residence was finished just as Ronald Reagan left office in 1975, but his successor, Jerry Brown, refused to live there add something


1976

The 1976 campaign included the so-called "battle of the queens", contrasting Nancy with First Lady Betty Ford add something

 

Though he lost the 1976 Republican nomination, Reagan ran again for the presidency in 1980 and succeeded in winning the nomination and election add something


1980

Nancy first became aware of the need to educate young people about drugs during a 1980 campaign stop in Daytop Village, New York add something

 

James Galanos - In the 1980s, he made national headlines as First Lady Nancy Reagan's favorite designer


1981

In 1981, Nancy directed a major renovation of several White House rooms, including all of the second and third floors and rooms adjacent to the Oval Office, including the press briefing room add something

 

Nancy Reagan assumed the role of unofficial "protector" for her husband after the attempted assassination on his life in 1981 add something

 

She remarked in 1981 that "Understanding what drugs can do to your children, understanding peer pressure and understanding why they turn to drugs is add something

 

Nancy Reagan became First Lady of the United States in January 1981 following her husband's election add something

 

Nancy Reagan became the First Lady of the United States when Ronald Reagan was inaugurated as president in January 1981 add something

 

Joan Quigley - She was called on by First Lady Nancy Reagan in 1981 after John Hinckley's attempted assassination of the president, and stayed on as the White House astrologer in secret until being outed in 1988 by ousted former chief of staff Donald Regan

 

Takeo Uesugi - Uesugi's honors include the National Landscape Award presented by First Lady Nancy Reagan in a 1981 White House ceremony that recognized his design of the James Irvine Garden

 

Joan Quigley - Nancy Reagan grew concerned after the attempt on her husband's life on March 30, 1981 and asked Quigley if she could have foreseen, and possibly prevented, the assassination attempt

 

D. Elton Trueblood - Trueblood's book on Abraham Lincoln caught the attention of Nancy Reagan, who talked about it in an interview with "Good Housekeeping" in September 1981


1982

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" add something

 

It was sold in 1982, and California governors have been living in improvised arrangements ever since add something

 

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

 

Landon Parvin - In 1982, while working for Ronald Reagan, Parvin wrote for Reagan's wife Nancy


1984

Nancy's disagreements with Michael were public matters; in 1984, she was quoted as saying that the two were in an "estrangement right now" add something


1985

Beginning in 1985, Nancy strongly encouraged her husband to hold "summit" conferences with Soviet General Secretary Gorbachev, and suggested they form a personal relationship beforehand add something

 

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 add something

 

Rock Hudson - At the same time, privately, Reagan called Hudson in his Paris hospital room where he was being treated in July 1985, and Nancy Reagan telephoned French President Fran├žois Mitterrand to ensure that Hudson would receive the best possible care


1986

Way Bandy - Four months before his death, he did First Lady Nancy Reagan's makeup for a photo spread that appeared in the September 1986 edition of "Harper's Bazaar"


1987

In 1987, Mikhail Gorbachev became the first Soviet 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 add something

 

Regan became so angry with Nancy that he hung up on her during a 1987 telephone conversation add something

 

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 add something

 

Visiting the U.S. 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-" add something

 

In October 1987, a mammogram detected a lesion in Nancy Reagan's left breast and she was subsequently diagnosed with breast cancer add something

 

She chose to undergo a mastectomy rather than a lumpectomy and the breast was removed on October 17, 1987 add something

 

Diane Schuur - Nancy Reagan invited her to perform again as a vocalist with the Count Basie Orchestra in 1987

 

Joan Quigley - Regan, who frequently quarreled with Nancy Reagan, resigned in 1987 after the Iran-Contra affair and mixed reviews of his job performance


1988

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 add something

 

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 add something

 

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 add something

 

Charles B. Rangel - By 1988, Rangel was saying that President Ronald Reagan had not done enough in the war on drugs, but that First Lady Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No" campaign had been quite valuable.

 

Joan Quigley - In 1988, Regan published his memoir "For the Record: From Wall Street to Washington", revealing that Nancy Reagan had consulted with Quigley, and previously with astrologer Jeane Dixon

 

Gary Usher - It was recorded by The Golden Boys and performed for President and First Lady Reagan at the Ford Theater in a "command" performance on December 6, 1988


 

In 1989, Nancy was honored at the annual gala awards dinner of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, during which she received the council's lifetime achievement award add something

 

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 add something

 

Nancy Reagan reflected on the criticisms in her 1989 autobiography, "My Turn" add something

 

The Reagans retired to their home in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California in 1989 add something

 

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 add something

 

Jill Eikenberry - In 1989, she co-produced a documentary for NBC television called "Destined to Live", which featured interviews with cancer survivors like herself, including Nancy Reagan


1991

In 1991, the controversial author Kitty Kelley wrote an unauthorized and largely uncited biography about Nancy Reagan, repeating accounts of a poor relationship with her children and introducing rumors of alleged sexual relations with singer Frank Sinatra add something


1994

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 add something

 

Nancy devoted most of her time to caring for her ailing husband, diagnosed in 1994 with Alzheimer's disease, until his death in 2004 add something

 

The Foundation teamed with the BEST Foundation For A Drug-Free Tomorrow in 1994, and developed the Nancy Reagan Afterschool Program add something

 

Ted Kennedy - Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts Governor and Kennedy's opponent in the 1994 senate race, called Kennedy "the kind of man you could like even if he was your adversary" and former First Lady Nancy Reagan said she was "terribly saddened"

 

Yitzhak Rabin - Rabin was awarded the 1994 Ronald Reagan Freedom Award by the former president's wife, former First Lady Nancy Reagan


1996

Decades later, Albert Brooks attempted to coax her out of acting retirement by offering her the title role opposite himself in his 1996 film "Mother" add something


1998

In 1998, while her husband was afflicted with Alzheimer's disease, Nancy told "Vanity Fair", "Our relationship is very special add something


2000

Billy Graham - In 2000, former First Lady Nancy Reagan presented the Ronald Reagan Freedom Award to Graham


2001

Ronald Reagan - Nancy Reagan told CNN's Larry King in 2001 that very few visitors were allowed to see her husband because she felt that "Ronnie would want people to remember him as he was.


 

Nancy and her husband were jointly awarded the Congressional Gold Medal on May 16, 2002 at the Capitol, and were only the third President and First Lady to receive it; she accepted the medal on behalf of both of them add something

 

Nancy Reagan was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, by President George W. Bush on July 9, 2002 add something


2004

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 add something

 

President Reagan's death in June 2004 ended what Charlton Heston called "the greatest love affair in the history of the American Presidency add something

 

Ronald Reagan died in their Bel Air home on June 5, 2004 add something

 

She continues to reside at the Bel Air home, where she lived with her husband until his death on June 5, 2004 add something


2005

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 add something

 

Naked Cowboy - In a 2005 online interview, Burck cited Nancy Reagan and Garth Brooks as two of his leading inspirations

 

Laura Bush - With her predecessor, former First Lady Nancy Reagan, Bush dedicated the First Ladies Red Dress Collection at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in May 2005


2007

In 2007, she attended the national funeral service for Gerald Ford in the Washington National Cathedral add something


2008

Nancy Reagan's health and well-being became a prominent concern in 2008 add something

 

Nancy Reagan hosted two 2008 Republican Presidential Candidates Debates at the Reagan Presidential Library, the first in May 2007 and the second in January 2008 add something

 

In October 2008, Reagan was admitted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after falling at home add something

 

Charlton Heston - Heston's funeral was held a week later on April 12, 2008, in a ceremony which was attended by 250 people including Nancy Reagan and Hollywood stars such as California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Olivia de Havilland, Keith Carradine, Pat Boone, Tom Selleck, Oliver Stone , Rob Reiner, and Christian Bale

 

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center - The wife of the hospital's namesake, former First Lady Nancy Reagan, was hospitalized on October 15, 2008 after falling at her home


2009

In January 2009, Reagan was said to be "improving every day and starting to get out more and more add something

 

In March 2009 she praised President Barack Obama for reversing the ban on federally funded embryonic stem cell research add something

 

She traveled to Washington, D.C. in June 2009 to unveil a statue of her late husband in the Capitol Rotunda add something

 

Following the August 2009 death of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, she said she was "terribly saddened add something

 

Michelle Obama - Her white, one-shoulder Jason Wu 2009 inaugural gown was said to be "an unlikely combination of Nancy Reagan and Jackie Kennedy"


2011

She attended the funeral of Betty Ford in Rancho Mirage, California, on July 12, 2011 add something

 

She suffered a stumble during an event at the Reagan Presidential Library on August 24, 2011, with Florida Senator Marco Rubio helping to catch her add something

 

Betty Ford - On July 6, 2011, former First Lady Nancy Reagan turned 90, and thus she and her husband, former President Ronald Reagan, joined the Fords as the second first couple to both live into their nineties

 

Betty Ford - Funeral services were held in Palm Desert, California, on July 12, 2011, with over 800 people in attendance, including former president George W. Bush, First Lady Michelle Obama and former first ladies Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan and Hillary Rodham Clinton


2012

Nancy Reagan hosted a 2012 Republican presidential debate at the Reagan Presidential Library on September 7, 2011 add something

 

Two months later, she recovered from several broken ribs, which prevented her from attending a speech given by Paul Ryan in the Reagan Presidential Library on May 22, 2012; her spokeperson said, "Mrs. Reagan has been recovering slowly and has been adding a few appointments back on to her schedule, but was advised by her doctor today not to try and attend large events too far from home just yet add something

 

She endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on May 31, 2012, explaining that her husband would have liked Romney's business background and what she called "strong principles" add something


2013

Following the April 2013 death of former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, she said that, "The world has lost a true champion of freedom and democracy add something


2016

Nancy remained active within the Reagan Library and in politics, particularly in support of embryonic stem cell research, until her death in March 2016 add something

 

On March 6, 2016, Reagan died at age 94 of congestive heart failure add something

 

Reagan's funeral was held on March 11, 2016 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California add something

 

Barbara Bush - Upon the death of Nancy Reagan on March 6, 2016, Bush became the oldest living First Lady

 

Cynthia Nixon - In May 2016, it was announced that Nixon would play Nancy Reagan in the upcoming television film adaptation of "Killing Reagan"