Nancy Davis Reagan (born Anne Frances Robbins, July 6, 1921 – March 6, 2016) was an actress and the wife of the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan. She was the First Lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989.
Where was she born?
Anne Frances Robbins was born on July 6, 1921, at Sloane Hospital for Women in New York City. She was the only child of car salesman Kenneth Seymour Robbins (1894–1972) and his actress wife, Edith Luckett (1888–1987). Her godmother was silent-film-star Alla Nazimova. From birth, she was commonly called Nancy. After her parents separated, she grew up in Maryland, living with an aunt and uncle for some years.
What movies was she part of?
As Nancy Davis, she was a Hollywood actress in the 1940s and 1950s, starring in films such as The Next Voice You Hear..., Night Into Morning, and Donovan's Brain.
When did she marry Ronald Reagan?
In 1952, she married Ronald Reagan who was then president of the Screen Actors Guild. They had two children together. Reagan was the First Lady of California when her husband was Governor from 1967 to 1975 and she began to work with the Foster Grandparents Program.
What initiative did she champion?
She championed recreational drug prevention causes by founding the "Just Say No" drug awareness campaign, which was considered her major initiative as First Lady
When did she retired?
The Reagans retired to their home in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California in 1989. Nancy devoted most of her time to caring for her husband, diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 1994, until his death at the age of 93 in 2004. Nancy remained active within the Reagan Library and in politics, particularly in support of embryonic stem cell research, until her death in 2016.
When was her memoir published?
Her memoirs, My Turn: The Memoirs of Nancy Reagan was published in 1989.. it details her life in the White House, commenting openly about her influence within the Reagan administration and discussing the myths and controversies that surrounded the couple.