Nancy Reagan | 1950
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Nancy Davis Reagan | 1921-2016

Nancy Reagan | 1950
Nancy Reagan, then Nancy Davis, in a promotional photograph for MGM’s “The Doctor and the Girl.” Reagan, who discovered a passion for acting as a teenager, spent the first two years of her life as a backstage baby on tour with her mother, a stage performer. (Metro Goldwyn Mayer)
Nancy Reagan | 1952
Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis apply for a marriage license in 1952. When she met the recently divorced actor, she wrote years later, “I don’t know if it was exactly love at first sight, but it was pretty close.” (Los Angeles Times Library)
Nancy Reagan | 1952
The Reagans cut their wedding cake on March 4, 1952. They were married at the Little Brown Church in Studio City, with actor William Holden and his wife, Ardis, the only people in attendance. (Los Angeles Times)
Nancy Reagan | 1956
American actor and future president Ronald Reagan (1911 - 2004) sits with his wife, actress Nancy Reagan, as the par talk with fellow actor and future US Senator George Murphy (1902 - 1992) at the premiere of ‘High Society,’ July 1956. (Photo by Pictorial Parade/Getty Images) (Pictorial Parade / Getty Images)
Nancy Reagan | 1958
The Reagans at the Brown Derby in 1958. In her memoir, “My Turn,” the former first lady acknowledged that all of the couple’s children had “felt at one time or another that Ronnie and I were so devoted to each other that there wasn’t room for them in our affections, and that they were somehow left out. That was never our intention, and if they sometimes felt that way, I am truly sorry.” (Cobb Family)
Nancy Reagan | 1960
Nancy and Ronald Reagan in front of the Hollywood Palladium for a meeting of the Screen Actors Guild in 1960. Ronald Reagan was SAG president at the time. (Los Angeles Times)
Nancy Reagan | 1960s
Ronald and Nancy Reagan in the 1960s with son Ron and daughter Patti. Ronald Reagan also had a daughter, Maureen, and an adopted son, Michael, with his first wife, actress Jane Wyman. Nancy’s relations with her children were difficult, especially with Patti and Michael, who wrote books that held back little in describing familial fractures. (Todd Bigelow)
Nancy Reagan | 1964
The Reagans aboard a boat in California in 1964. Three years later, he would become governor of the state, and a bruising political education would begin for her. (American Vantage Media )
Nancy Reagan | 1966
The Reagans acknowledge supporters at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles after he was elected California governor in November 1966. When she later insisted that they move out of the dowdy governor’s mansion in Sacramento, she was branded a snob. (Ronald Reagan Library)
Nancy Reagan | 1967
Nancy Reagan watches as Ronald Reagan takes the oath of office from California Supreme Court Justice Marshall F. McComb to become governor in 1967. In the center is the Rev. Wilbur W. Y. Choy. Nancy Reagan’s look of wide-eyed adoration for her husband was sometimes derided, but she made no apologies. Almost from the day they met, she wrote, “Ronald Reagan has been the center of my life. I have been criticized for saying that, but it’s true.” (UPI)
Nancy Reagan | 1969
Nancy Reagan, from left, Pat Nixon, President Nixon and California Gov. Ronald Reagan walk across the field at the 1969 Rose Bowl game. (UCLA)
Nancy Reagan | 1971
Gov. Ronald Reagan and Nancy in 1971 in the backyard of their Sacramento home, the scene of her worst public relations disaster as first lady of California. An interview there with novelist and essayist Joan Didion led to a highly unflattering piece in the Saturday Evening Post. (Associated Press)
Nancy Reagan | 1976
Nancy Reagan rests on a flight to Salt Lake City during the 1976 presidential campaign. Ronald Reagan narrowly lost the Republican nomination to Gerald Ford. (Associated Press)
Nancy Reagan | 1980
Nancy and Ronald Reagan, with running mate George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, are cheered by delegates at the Republican National Convention in July 1980. “Reagan knew where he wanted to go, but she had a better sense of what he needed to do to get there,” biographer Lou Cannon said of Nancy Reagan. (Joe Kennedy / Los Angeles Times)
Nancy Reagan | 1980
The Reagans attend a 1980 reception in their honor in Los Angeles with Los Angeles Times Publisher Otis Chandler and his mother, Dorothy. (Lennox McClendon / Associated Press)
Nancy Reagan | 1981
Nancy Reagan watches as her husband is sworn in as president in January 1981. “What was most interesting and important about Nancy Reagan’'s years as first lady was the prolonged national debate that took place over the proper role of a first lady,” historian Lewis Gould wrote in a 1996 book. (Associated Press)
Nancy Reagan | 1981
President and Nancy Reagan wave from a limousine during his inaugural parade in Washington in 1981. (PBS)
Nancy Reagan | 1981
President Reagan cuts in on Frank Sinatra to dance with his wife at a White House gala in February 1981. (Associated Press)
Nancy Reagan | 1981
President Reagan dances with First Lady Nancy Reagan at the inaugural ball at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington. (Associated Press)
Nancy Reagan | 1981
The Reagans prepare to return to Washington from Point Mugu Naval Air Station after a Memorial Day vacation in California in 1981. (Joe Kennedy / Los Angeles Times)
Nancy Reagan | 1982
The Reagans ride at their ranch in Santa Barbara in 1982. That year marked a turning point in the public’s perception of her. (Associated Press)
Nancy Reagan | 1982
A state welcome for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is held in the East Room of the White House on Feb. 4, 1982. From second left are Secretary of State Alexander Haig; Barbara Bush; Mubarak’s wife, Susan; Vice President George H.W. Bush; Nancy Reagan and Mubarak. (Associated Press)
Nancy Reagan | 1983
The Reagans with music legend Ray Charles at a musical salute in Washington in March 1983. (Ira Schwartz / Associated Press)
Nancy Reagan | 1984
Nancy Reagan holds Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping’s hand during a 1984 visit to Beijing. The first lady took an active role in advising President Reagan on policy matters. (Scott Stewart / Associated Press)
Nancy Reagan | 1984
The president and first lady visit the terra cotta soldiers archeological site during their 1984 China trip. (Bob Daugherty / Associated Press)
Nancy Reagan | 1984
The Reagans walk through Normandy American Cemetery above Omaha Beach in northern France on June 6, 1984, the 40th anniversary of the D-day invasion. (Bob Daugherty / Associated Press)
Nancy Reagan | 1985
Ronald and Nancy Reagan wave from his hospital room at Bethesda Naval Medical Center in Maryland in July 1985 after he underwent surgery to remove polyps from his colon. (Associated Press)
Nancy Reagan | 1988
President Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan at a New Orleans luncheon in August 1988. (Mike Sargent / AFP/Getty Images)
Nancy Reagan | 1993
The former president and first lady arrive for the premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Sunset Boulevard” in Los Angeles in December 1993. (Chris Martinez / Associated Press)
Nancy Reagan | 2000
Nancy and Ronald Reagan on his 89th birthday on Feb. 6, 2000. She gained sympathy and esteem from many after she cloistered herself in their Bel-Air home and devoted herself to his care. (Associated Press)
Nancy Reagan | 2000
Nancy Reagan with stepdaughter Maureen at the 2000 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, a year before Maureen’s death from skin cancer. (Hillery Garrison Smith / Associated Press)
Nancy Reagan | 2004
The former first lady lays her cheek on Ronald Reagan’s casket after his death in 2004. His Alzheimer’s diagnosis led her to become an advocate for stem cell research and hastened a reconciliation between her and her children. (Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times)
Nancy Reagan | 2005
Nancy Reagan with President George W. Bush in 2005 at an Air Force One exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Nancy Reagan | 2006
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, with Nancy Reagan at a ceremony commemorating the 40th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s first gubernatorial win. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
Nancy Reagan | 2007
The First Lady’s in front of the Red Dress display. First Lady Laura Bush and former First Lady Nancy Reagan participated in the Heart Truth Roundtable at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley on Wednesday, February 28, 2007. Later they visited students at Balboa Magnet School in Northridge who are part of a National Park Service program. (Stephen Osman / Los Angeles Times)
Nancy Reagan | 2007
Nancy Reagan poses with the 2008 Republican presidential candidates after their May 2007 debate at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. (Robert A. Reeder / Associated Press)
Nancy Reagan | 2007
Vice President Dick Cheney escorts the former first lady at a white-tie dinner for Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II at the White House in May 2007. (Pool / Getty Images)
Nancy Reagan | 2007
In May 2007, Nancy Reagan holds a copy of the newly released “Reagan Diaries,” which chronicles her husband’s two terms in the White House. (Stephen Osman / Los Angeles Times)
Nancy Reagan | 2010
Nancy Reagan is joined by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Assemblyman Martin Garrick (R-Carlsbad), left, at a signing ceremony for two bills honoring her late husband at the Reagan library in Simi Valley. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Nancy Reagaon | 2011
Nancy Reagan is helped by Marine Lt. Gen. George J. Flynn as she arrives for a wreath-laying ceremony at her husband’s memorial at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Nancy Reagan | 2011
Nancy Reagan waits to take a photograph with GOP presidential candidates in a re-creation of the Oval Office at the Reagan Presidential Library. (Chris Carlson / European Pressphoto Agency)
Nancy Reagan | 2007
Nancy Reagan after a GOP presidential debate at the Reagan Presidential Library. (Paul Buck / EPA)
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