As of April 2014, Nancy Reagan has not died. The wife of Ronald Reagan and former First Lady of the United States is alive, remains active with the Reagan Presidential Library and is influential within the Republican party.Continue Reading
Born July 6, 1921, Nancy's given name was Anne Frances Robbins. Nicknamed "Nancy," she later took the last name of her stepfather, prominent Chicago neurosurgeon, Loyal Davis. As Nancy Davis, she enjoyed an unremarkable acting career. She met actor Ronald Reagan through the Screen Actor's Guild, and they married in 1952.
Nancy Reagan remained faithfully by her husband's side while he was governor of California and president of the United States. She was Ronald's Reagan's primary caregiver during the last years of his life while he suffered from Alzheimer's disease. Following his death, she became an outspoken advocate for stem cell research and has focused on bringing attention to Ronald Reagan's legacy.Learn more about US History
Nancy Ward, also known as Nanye-hi, was the last in the Cherokee Nation to be named Ghighua, or Beloved Woman. She earned this title after she led a group to victory against the Creeks at the Battle of Taliwa.Full Answer >
Ronald Reagan was a professional actor before he was elected president, and he portrayed American college football player George "The Gipper" Gipp in the 1940 film "Knut Rockne, All American." The phrase "Win one for the Gipper" was purportedly said by Gipp on his hospital bed.Full Answer >
Ronald Reagan's nickname "The Great Communicator" arose from his many public speeches in favor of political conservatism, as well as his ability to connect with his audiences. His 1964 speech "A Time for Choosing," delivered during the 1964 presidential campaign on behalf of Republican nominee Barry Goldwater, is considered the event that launched Reagan's political career.Full Answer >
Some major highlights of Ronald Reagan's presidency include building a diplomatic relationship with the Soviet Union, appointing the first woman on the Supreme Court, Sandra Day O'Connor, and putting into place the seeds for the reunification of Germany. His second presidential election proved another major highlight when he defeated democrat Walter Mondale by a margin of 525 to seven, the most electoral votes ever won by a president.Full Answer >