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Overview (4)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (congestive heart failure)
Birth NameAnne Frances Robbins
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Nancy Reagan was born on July 6, 1921 in New York City, New York, USA as Anne Frances Robbins. She was an actress, known for The Dark Wave (1956), Stand-Up Reagan (1989) and The Next Voice You Hear... (1950). She was married to Ronald Reagan. She died on March 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Spouse (1)

Ronald Reagan (4 March 1952 - 5 June 2004) (his death) (2 children)

Trivia (34)

Her stepfather, Dr. Loyal Davis, was a prominent neurosurgeon, very active in conservative politics. Nancy says she has his hands.
God-daughter of Alla Nazimova.
Honorary president of Girl Scouts of America.
(1940s) Graduated from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She narrowly missed being a schoolmate of fellow First Lady Barbara Bush as the latter enrolled three months after she graduated.
Appeared in the chorus of the Broadway production "Lute Song" starring Mary Martin.
Step-daughter Maureen Reagan dies of malignant melanoma (skin cancer) at her Sacramento-area home. [August 2001]
Mother of Patti Davis and Ron Reagan.
Daughter of Edith Luckett, a former vaudeville performer.
Made a rare public appearance at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on February 28, 2002. She greeted hundreds of fans who waited hours in line to meet her, and have their books signed.
Celebrated her 50th Wedding Anniversary with Ronald Reagan on March 4, 2002.
In early 2002, she gave a rare, indepth interview with ABC correspondent, Diane Sawyer, about her recent life with Ronald Reagan and his battle with Alzheimer's Disease.
Was already three months pregnant at the time of her marriage to Ronald Reagan. Both Reagans were famously pro-family-values.
In order to spare Ronald any further hardships beyond his battle with Alzheimer's disease, she chose not to inform him about the death of his daughter Maureen.
At age 7, was a guest at the White House Easter Egg roll and met then-First Lady Grace Coolidge.
Director/writer/actor Albert Brooks asked her to play the part of his mother Beatrice Henderson in Mother (1996). Nancy really wanted to come out of acting retirement to play the role, but declined because she couldn't bear to be away from husband and former president Ronald Reagan, who was suffering from Alzheimer's disease. The role eventually went to Debbie Reynolds.
Graduated from Smith College, class of 1942. One of her fellow graduates was author/pioneer feminist Betty Freidan.
Best Man at her wedding to Ronald Reagan was William Holden.
Stepmother of Michael Reagan.
During her time in the White House she consulted astrologer Joan Quigley, and arranged her husband's schedule accordingly.
Was formally adopted by renowned surgeon Loyal Davis.
Told her daughter Patti Davis that Patti refused to leave her mother's womb and actually held onto the rib cage. Although Patti pointed to an anatomy book to show that this was physically impossible, Nancy continued to insist that it was true.
In her book, "House of Secrets", daughter Patti Davis alleged that Nancy was addicted to diet pills.
Underwent a mastectomy when diagnosed with breast cancer. Her doctor claimed simple surgery could have removed the growth, and that the extreme procedure she chose was unnecessary.
Avid reader of Women's Wear Daily.
Quit smoking in 1967.
Has glaucoma.
Hospitalized on February 17, 2008 after falling in her home but her condition is well.
Was considered for the part of Karen Richards in All About Eve (1950), but Celeste Holm, who went on to receive a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her performance, was cast instead.
Attended the funeral of Charlton Heston.
Became an outspoken advocate of federal funding of stem-cell research following her husband's diagnosis and death of Alzheimer's disease, bucking the Republican party's general position on the issue. President Barack Obama approved federal funding for stem cell research in 2009.
Longtime friend of Mike Wallace having known him since before she met Ronald Reagan. Their friendship was strained after Wallace, as a journalist, conducted critical interviews of Reagan, as the President. But they reconciled after Reagan's death.
Made a rare public appearance at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library to sign copies of her books. [February 2002]
Widow of the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan, & First Lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989.
Prior to her education at Smith College, Nancy Davis attended the Chicago Latin School for Girls.

Personal Quotes (4)

On Reagan: "I knew that being his wife was the role I wanted to play."
[about her husband] "What can you say about a man, who on Mother's Day sends flowers to his mother-in-law, with a note thanking her for making him the happiest man on Earth?"
Bob had an extraordinary career in both movies and television. Just when it seemed he was ready to retire, he always found a new project that kept him busy and filled with wonderful stories. - in response to the news about the death of friend/actor Robert Stack.
[on former White House press secretary Jim Brady]. He had a certain twinkle in his eye and a way of letting you know that he knew what he was doing and everything would be all right. He had a zest for life that was infectious. He loved to hear or tell a good story, laughed easily, could see the silver lining in even the darkest cloud, and made the best chili in town!

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