Edit

Biography

Jump to: Overview (4) | Mini Bio (1) | Spouse (1) | Trivia (6) | Personal Quotes (1)

Overview (4)

Date of Birth 16 March 1912Ely, Nevada, USA
Date of Death 22 June 1993Park Ridge, New Jersey, USA  (lung cancer)
Birth NameThelma Catherine Ryan
Nickname Starlight

Mini Bio (1)

Pat Nixon was born on March 16, 1912 in Ely, Nevada, USA as Thelma Catherine Ryan. She was an actress, known for Disneyland '59 (1959), Gala Day at Disneyland (1960) and Checkers Speech (1952). She was married to Richard Nixon. She died on June 22, 1993 in Park Ridge, New Jersey, USA.

Spouse (1)

Richard Nixon (21 June 1940 - 22 June 1993) (her death) (2 children)

Trivia (6)

First lady of the United States (1969-1974).
Suffered strokes in 1976 and 1982 and recovered fully from both. She also suffered from emphysema (she had been a heavy smoker), a degenerative spinal disease and cancer of the mouth. In December 1992, while hospitalized for respiratory problems, the lung cancer was diagnosed and she made no further public appearances.
Pat was a nickname given her by her father, referring to her birth date and Irish ancestry, though she also used the name Patricia, which is used on her tombstone though it was not her legal name.
Her father, William M. Ryan, Sr., was a sailor, gold miner, and truck farmer of Irish descent. Her mother, Katherine Halberstadt, was a German immigrant. She had two older brothers, William M. Jr. (1910-1997) and Thomas (1911-1992), and also had a half-sister, Neva Bender (born 1909), and a half-brother, Matthew Bender (born 1907), from her mother's first marriage.
Shares her name with a character in Tom Clancy's novel. Jack Ryan's wife is named Catherine Ryan. Appropriately, she too becomes First Lady of the United States.
Attended Fullerton Junior College, 1931-1933.

Personal Quotes (1)

I have sacrificed everything in my life that I consider precious in order to advance the political career of my husband.

See also

Other Works | Publicity Listings | Official Sites | Contact Info

Contribute to This Page