Former first lady Nancy Reagan hospitalized

HOSPITALIZED: Nancy Reagan is “joking and visiting in her room,” according to spokeswoman Joanne Drake.
(Fred Prouser / Associated Press)

Former first lady Nancy Reagan was hospitalized today after falling in her home in Bel-Air but is doing well, her spokeswoman said.

Reagan, 86, was taken to St. John’s Health Center, where doctors determined she did not break a hip as feared, spokeswoman Joanne Drake said.

Drake said Reagan was doing well and would be staying the night in the same room where former President Reagan stayed after he broke his hip at home in 2001. He died June 5, 2004.

“She’s joking and visiting in her room,” Drake said.

Reagan’s family physician recommended the overnight stay “as a precaution,” Drake said.

Nancy Reagan’s last major public appearance was at the Jan. 30 Republican presidential debate at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, where she sat with Gov. Schwarzenegger.