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Also Known As: Nancy Davis, Anne Frances Robbins, Nancy Davis Reagan Died:
Born: July 6, 1921 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

High fashion, style and glamour were not typically associated with First Ladies, yet Nancy Reagan embodied all that and more. As First Lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989, the widow of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan was one of the most closely observed and imitated women of her time, not only for her couture gowns but also for the issues she believed in, most notably the "Just Say No" drug awareness campaign which she launched in 1982. Yet before she stepped foot in the White House, Reagan - then known as Nancy Davis - dazzled audiences as an actress in post-war Hollywood. Although never an A-list talent, she became a fan favorite and appeared in films as diverse as the film noir "Shadow on the Wall" (1950) and the rousing military romance "Hellcats of the Navy" (1957) - the only movie where she acted alongside the country's future commander-in-chief. Although her Hollywood career was brief, it was her tenure as First Lady and keeper of her husband's flame that most endeared her to fans around the world.

High fashion, style and glamour were not typically associated with First Ladies, yet Nancy Reagan embodied all that and more. As First Lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989, the widow of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan was one of the most closely observed and imitated women of her time, not only for her couture gowns but also for the issues she believed in, most notably the "Just Say No" drug awareness campaign which she launched in 1982. Yet before she stepped foot in the White House, Reagan - then known as Nancy Davis - dazzled audiences as an actress in post-war Hollywood. Although never an A-list talent, she became a fan favorite and appeared in films as diverse as the film noir "Shadow on the Wall" (1950) and the rousing military romance "Hellcats of the Navy" (1957) - the only movie where she acted alongside the country's future commander-in-chief. Although her Hollywood career was brief, it was her tenure as First Lady and keeper of her husband's flame that most endeared her to fans around the world.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Crash Landing (1958) Helen Williams
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 The Hellcats of the Navy (1957) Helen Blair
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 Donovan's Brain (1953) Janice Cory
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 Talk About a Stranger (1952) Marge Fontaine
7.
 Shadow in the Sky (1952) Betty [Hopke]
9.
 Night into Morning (1951) Katharine Mead
10.
 The Next Voice You Hear (1950) Mrs. Joe Smith [Mary]
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Milestones close milestones

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Appeared on stage after graduating from college; played featured role in "Lute Song" on Broadway
1949:
Signed by MGM
1949:
Landed first notable film roles in "The Doctor and the Girl" and "East Side, West Side"
1956:
Made several appearances on CBS series "G.E. True Theater"
1957:
Played opposite Ronald Reagan in "Hellcats of the Navy"
1958:
Made final film acting appearance in "Crash Landing"; retired from films
1967:
Became First Lady of California
1980:
Served as First Lady of the United States after Reagan was inaugurated as President
1981:
Co-authored her first book <i>Nancy</i>
1982:
Launched the "Just Say No" drug awareness campaign
1995:
Turned down offer from director Albert Brooks to star in his feature "Mother"
2000:
Published fourth book <i>I Love You, Ronnie</i>
2002:
Gave a rare, in-depth interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer about her life with Ronald Reagan and his battle with Alzheimer's Disease
2005:
Honored at a gala dinner at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C.
2008:
Hosted two Republican Presidential Candidates Debates at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA
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Education

Girls Latin School: Chicago , Illinois -
Smith College: Northampton , Massachusetts -

Notes

In 1991, Reagan was the subject of an unauthorized, controversial biography by Kitty Kelley, which painted the former First Lady in a less than flattering light.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
James Platt White Jr. Engaged in 1944.
husband:
Ronald Reagan. Actor, politician. Married uin March 1952; born on February 6, 1911; formerly married to actor Jane Wyman; sportscaster turned film actor (from late 1930s through mid-1960s); later entered politics: became Governor of California (1967-74) and later President of the United States (from 1980 to 1988); diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

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father:
Kenneth Robbins. Insurance salesman.
mother:
Edith Davis. Actor.
step-father:
Loyal Davis.
godmother:
Alla Nazimova. Actor.
step-daughter:
Maureen Reagan. Born January 4, 1941; mother Jane Wyman; third marriage is to a lawyer 12 years her junior; wrote "First Father, First Daughter"; died on August 8, 2001 at age 60 of skin cancer.
step-son:
Michael Reagan. Radio personality. Adopted by Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman.
daughter:
Patti Davis. Actor, author. Born October 22, 1952.
son:
Ronald Reagan Jr. TV journalist, former dancer. Born May 20, 1958; quit speaking to mother c. 1993.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Nancy"
"My Turn: The Memoirs of Nancy Reagan"
"What Does Joan Say?: My Seven Years as White House Astologer to Nancy and Ronald Reagan"
"Nancy Reagan: The Unauthorized Biography"
"First Lady: A Portrait of Nancy Reagan"
"Make-Believe: The Story of Nancy and Ronald Reagan"
"The Reagans: A Political Portrait"
"Ronnie and Nancy: A Very Special Love Story"
"The Search for the Real Nancy Reagan"
"I Love You, Ronnie: The Letters of Ronald Regan to Nancy Reagan" Random House
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