10 Facts about Nancy Reagan, former First Lady of US President Ronald Reagan
Former First Lady Nancy Reagan recently passed away from congestive heart failure this past weekend which was a great loss. Passing away at age 94, she has lived quite a full and influential life. In addition to her many great accomplishments while in being First Lady in the White House, here are 10 interesting facts outside of her political life.
1. Nancy Reagan was originally born with the name Anne Frances Robbins.
2. She was raised in a privileged family which allowed her to go to private schools and eventually to Smith College where she studied drama.
3. In total she was in 11 films, but only acted in 1 film with her husband, Hellcats of the Navy.
4. While both in their acting careers the two met and quickly fell in love. They had a secret wedding on March 4, 1952 near LA in the Little Brown Church on Coldwater Canyon.
5. The best man was actor William Holden and his wife, Brenda Marshall was the matron of honor.
6. Nancy was 30 and Ronald was 41 when they were married.
7. They had 2 children together, Patricia Ann Reagan and Ronald P. Reagan. After having Ronald, Nancy gave up acting and concentrated on being a full time mother and wife. She also had 2 step children.
8. She loved having a luxurious lifestyle. While the US economy was going through a recession she wanted to redecorate the White House.
9. In 1987 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had a mastectomy and this prompted many women across the nation to have mammograms.
10. In 1994 Ronald announced that he was suffering from Alzheimer's. Nancy became a fierce advocate for stem cell research. She took care of him until he passed away on June 5, 2004.
She will be buried next to her husband at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library located in the Simi Valley in California.