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Nancy Davis Reagan
Wife of Ronald Reagan
She was born on July 6, 1923. When the future First Lady was six, her mother, Edith -- a stage actress -- married Dr. Loyal Davis, a neurosurgeon. Dr. Davis adopted Nancy, and she grew up in Chicago.
She received her formal education at Girls' Latin School and at Smith College in Massachusetts, where she majored in theater. Soon after graduation she became a professional actress. She toured with a road company, then landed a role on Broadway in the hit musical Lute Song.
More parts followed. One performance drew an offer from Hollywood. Billed as Nancy Davis, she performed in 11 films from 1949 to 1956. Her first screen role was in "Shadow on the Wall". Other releases included "The Next Voice Your Hear" and "East Side", West Side. In her last movie, "Hellcats of the Navy", she played opposite her husband.
She had met Ronald Reagan in 1951, when he was president of the Screen Actors Guild. The following year, on March 1, 1952, they were married in a simple ceremony in Los Angeles in the Little Brown Church in the Valley. They had two children and she is step-mother of two from her husband's earlier marriage:
While her husband was Governor of California from 1967 to 1975, she worked with numerous charitable groups. She spent many hours visiting veterans, the elderly, and the emotionally and physically handicapped.
These people continued to interest her as First Lady. She gave her support to the Foster Grandparent Program, the subject of her 1982 book, "To Love A Child". Increasingly, she has concentrated on the fight against drug and alcohol abuse among young people.
Mrs. Reagan shared her lifelong interest in the arts with the nation by using the Executive Mansion as a showcase for talented young performers in the PBS television series "In Performance at the White House."
In her first year in the mansion she directed a major renovation of the second- and third-floor quarters. Now living in retirement with her husband in California, she continues to work on her campaign to teach children to "just say no" to drugs, though her husband and her home remain her first priority. (NOTE: President Reagan died: June, 2004).
In her book My Turn, published in 1989, she gives her own account of her life in the White House. Through the joys and sorrows of those days, including the assassination attempt on her husband, Nancy Reagan held fast to her belief in love, honesty, and selflessness.