Former actress and U.S. First Lady Nancy Reagan has died.
The widow of President Ronald Reagan passed away on Sunday (06Mar16), aged 94.
Born in New York City, she embarked on a career as an actress in the 1940s and appeared on Broadway in 1946 musical Lute Song, alongside Mary Martin and a young Yul Brynner.
She relocated to California, where she signed a deal with MGM Studios and went on to score roles in films like The Doctor and the Girl, Shadow on the Wall, and Night Into Morning.
Nancy famously enjoyed romances with actors including Clark Gable, Robert Stack and Peter Lawford, before meeting Ronald in 1949, when he served as president of the Screen Actors Guild.
They wed on 4 March, 1952, when fellow actors William Holden and Brenda Marshall served as best man and matron of honour, respectively.
Nancy’s other film credits included Donovan’s Brain and Hellcats of the Navy, while she also appeared on TV in episodes of The Tall Man and Wagon Train.
She retired from the screen in 1962 to focus on raising the couple’s two children, actress/author Patti Davis and radio host Ron Reagan, and became First Lady of California when Ronald was elected Governor in 1967.
They later moved into the White House in 1981, when Ronald became the 40th President of the United States.
In her role as First Lady, Nancy became a leading force in the fight against substance abuse, founding the Just Say No drug awareness campaign. She continued her charity work into old age, most notably working to support embryonic stem cell research.
After leaving the White House in 1989, the couple retired to their estate in Bel Air, Los Angeles, where Nancy subsequently spent her time caring for Ronald, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1994. He died in 2004, aged 93.
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