Nancy Reagan Facts

Nancy Reagan Facts
Nancy Reagan was the wife and First Lady of Ronald Reagan, the fortieth President of the United States of America. Unlike many of her predecessors, Reagan was a very active first lady, championing causes such as the anti-drug effort, and being generally very public. Like her husband, she was controversial at times, but was generally liked by the American public. Nancy Reagan was born Anne Frances Robbins on July 6, 1921 to Kenneth and Edith Robbins in New York City. When her parents separated in 1928 because Edith attempted to pursue an acting career, Nancy lived with family for awhile before being reunited with her mother when she remarried. Anne then took her stepfather, Loyal Davis', name and changed her first name to Nancy. Nancy Davis attended and graduated from the all-girl Smith College in 1943 and then pursued a successful career in Hollywood, which is where she met her future husband. Nancy and Ronald married in 1952 and would later have two children.
Interesting Nancy Reagan Facts:
Most of Nancy Reagan's movie roles were minor. She only acted for a little over ten years and retired in 1962 to be a full-time mother and supporter of her husband.
Before becoming the nation's First Lady, Nancy was the First Lady of California from 1967 to 1975.
Nancy appeared on the notorious Hollywood blacklist in the late 1940s, but she had actually been mixed up with another woman of the same name. Ronald used his influence as the president of the Screen Actors Guild to have her removed from the list.
Nancy considered her stepfather to be her actual father and was the source of her conservative political beliefs.
She referred to her husband as "Ronnie," while he called her "Mommy."
In addition to the son and daughter she had with Ronald, Nancy helped raise Ronald's three children from his previous marriage.
Nancy's two children, Patti and Ron, were/are very liberal politically, which is part of the reason they were estranged from their parents for many years.
Nancy is perhaps most famous for leading the anti-drug "Just Say No" campaign during her husband's presidency. She was so active in the campaign that she guest starred on episodes of some popular 1980s television shows.
One of the more controversial aspects of her tenure as first lady was when it was revealed that she consulted a astrologist while in the White House.
She contracted breast cancer in 1987, but successfully beat the disease.
After Reagan left the White House in 1988, he and Nancy lived a fairly quiet life until he died of Alzheimer's disease in 2004.
Nancy met with members of both political parties after Ronald died in order to push some issues she believed in, including stem cell research.
Nancy Reagan died on March 6, 2016 of heart failure in Los Angeles, California at the age of ninety-four. She was buried in the grounds of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

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