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Nancy Reagan

Nancy Reagan

Former First Lady of the United States

Nancy Davis Reagan is the widow of the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan and was First Lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989. Nancy was born in New York City; her parents divorced soon after her birth and she grew up in Maryland, living with an aunt and uncle while her mother pursued acting jobs.… Read More

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1921 Birth Born on July 6, 1921.
1929 7 Years Old In 1929, her mother married Loyal Davis (1896–1982), a prominent, politically conservative neurosurgeon who moved the family to Chicago. … Read More


1935 13 Years Old He formally adopted her in 1935, and she would always refer to him as her father. … Read More
1939 18 Years Old She attended the Girls' Latin School of Chicago (describing herself as an average student), graduated in 1939, and later attended Smith College in Massachusetts, where she majored in English and Drama and graduated in 1943. … Read More


1945 - 1946 2 More Events
1948 27 Years Old …  Ronald Reagan was skeptical about marriage, however, following his painful 1948 divorce from Jane Wyman, and he still saw other women. After three years of dating, he eventually proposed to Davis in the couple's favorite booth at the Beverly Hills restaurant Chasen's. They married on March 4, 1952 in a simple ceremony designed to avoid the press at the Little Brown Church in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. … Read More
After passing a screen test, she moved to California and signed a seven-year contract with Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios (MGM) in 1949; she later remarked, "Joining Metro was like walking into a dream world." … Read More
1950 29 Years Old She co-starred in 1950's The Next Voice You Hear, playing a pregnant housewife who hears the voice of God from her radio. … Read More


1951 30 Years Old In 1951, Davis appeared in her favorite screen role, Night Into Morning, a study of bereavement starring Ray Milland. … Read More
…  In 1952, she married Ronald, who was then president of the Screen Actors Guild, and they had two children. … Read More
1958 37 Years Old Their son, Ronald Prescott Reagan, was born six years later on May 20, 1958. … Read More


1967 46 Years Old 1 More Event
…  She first attracted controversy early in 1967, when, after four months' residence in the California Governor's Mansion in Sacramento, she moved her family into a wealthy suburb because fire officials had labeled the mansion as a "firetrap". … Read More


1975 54 Years Old 1 More Event
The new residence was finished just as Ronald Reagan left office in 1975, but his successor, Jerry Brown, refused to live there. … Read More
1976 55 Years Old Though he lost the 1976 Republican nomination, Reagan ran again for the presidency in 1980 and succeeded in winning the nomination and election. … Read More


While the President was recuperating in the hospital after the 1981 assassination attempt, Nancy Reagan wrote in her diary, "Nothing can happen to my Ronnie. … Read More
1982 - 1986 6 More Events
…  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.
1988 67 Years Old More controversy ensued when it was revealed in 1988 that she, always protective of her husband, had consulted an astrologer to assist in planning the president's schedule after the 1981 assassination attempt on her husband. … Read More
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. … Read More
1991 - 2007 13 More Events
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. … Read More
In January 2009, Reagan was said to be "improving every day and starting to get out more and more."
2011 90 Years Old She attended the funeral of Betty Ford in Rancho Mirage, California, on July 12, 2011.
Reagan hosted a 2012 Republican presidential debate at the Reagan Presidential Library on September 7, 2011.
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