Sunday, March 06, 2016
RIP Nancy Reagan
Former First Lady Nancy Reagan passed away earlier this morning in her Bel Air home. She was 94. The former actress was best known for the "Just Say No" to drugs campaign she led during her husband's two terms as president. She was born in New York as Anne Francis Robbins, but her name was later changed to Nancy Davis after her mother, Edith Luckett, a Broadway actress, divorced her father as a young child and married a Chicago neurologist, Dr. Loyal Davis, who adopted her and moved their family to Chicago. She grew up to be an actress on Broadway like her mother, but she eventually made her way to Hollywood where she met Ronald Reagan, then the president of the Screen Actors Guild, whose assistance she sought when her name appeared on a list as a communist sympathizer. They immediately hit it off and were thereafter inseparable. They married in 1952 and starred in one film together, "Hellcats of the Navy," in 1956. She and Reagan had two children together, Patty and Ron, who both survive her. She also had two step-children from Reagan's previous marriage to actress Jane Wyman, Maureen, who died of cancer many years ago, and Michael, whom Wyman and Reagan adopted together during their marriage.