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Poll: First Ladies on Film

Former First Lady Barbara Bush recently passed away at age 92. One of only two women to be both wife and mother to a US president, many considered her the real power behind the Bush political dynasty.

Americans love peeking into the private lives of the famous, and who is more famous than the wife of the most powerful man in the world?

Which of these portrayals of real-life First Ladies takes first place?

Discuss the list here

* one film per first lady only

Make Your Choice

  1. Vote!

    Patty Duke in George Washington (1984)

    Patty Duke as Martha Washington, wife of George Washington

    With Barry Bostwick as George Washington in George Washington (1984) and George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation (1986)

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    Laura Linney in John Adams (2008)

    Laura Linney as Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams, mother of John Quincy Adams

    With Paul Giamatti as John Adams and Ebon Moss-Bachrach as John Quincy Adams in John Adams (2008)

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    Ginger Rogers in Magnificent Doll (1946)

    Ginger Rogers as Dolly Madison, wife of James Madison

    With Burgess Meredith as James Madison in Magnificent Doll (1946)

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    Sally Field in Lincoln (2012)

    Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of Abraham Lincoln

    With Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln (2012)

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    Ruth Hussey in Tennessee Johnson (1942)

    Ruth Hussey as Eliza Johnson, wife of Andrew Johnson

    With Van Heflin as Andrew Johnson in Tennessee Johnson (1942)

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    Ruth Nelson in Wilson (1944)

    Ruth Nelson as Ellen Wilson, wife of Woodrow Wilson

    With Alexander Knox as Woodrow Wilson in Wilson (1944)

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    Geraldine Fitzgerald in Wilson (1944)

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    Jane Alexander in Eleanor and Franklin (1976)

    Jane Alexander as Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    With Edward Hermann as Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Eleanor and Franklin (1976) and Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (1977)

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    Diana Scarwid in Truman (1995)

    Diana Scarwid as Bess Truman, wife of Harry S. Truman

    With Gary Sinise as Harry S Truman in Truman (1995)

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    Natalie Portman in Jackie (2016)

    Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy, wife of John Kennedy

    With Caspar Phillipson as John Kennedy in Jackie (2016)

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    Melissa Leo in All the Way (2016)

    Melissa Leo as Lady Bird Johnson, wife of Lyndon Baines Johnson

    With Bryan Cranston as Lyndon Baines Johnson in All the Way (2016)

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    Joan Allen in Nixon (1995)

    Joan Allen as Pat Nixon, wife of Richard Nixon

    With Anthony Hopkins as Richard Nixon in Nixon (1995)

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    Gena Rowlands in The Betty Ford Story (1987)

    Gena Rowlands as Betty Ford, wife of Gerald Ford

    With Josef Sommer as Gerald Ford in The Betty Ford Story (1987)

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    Judy Davis in The Reagans (2003)

    Judy Davis as Nancy Reagan, wife of Ronald Reagan

    With James Brolin as Ronald Reagan in The Reagans (2003)

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    Elizabeth Banks in W. (2008)

    Elizabeth Banks as Laura Bush, wife of George W. Bush

    Played with Josh Brolin as George W. Bush in W. (2008)

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    Tika Sumpter in Southside with You (2016)

    Tika Sumpter as Michelle Robinson (later Obama), wife of Barack Obama

    Played with Parker Sawyers as Barack Obama in Southside with You (2016)

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