Who Is Nancy Reagan?


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Nancy Reagan is the widow of former U.S. President, Ronald Reagan. Famous for her "Just Say No" anti-drug campaign, she was First Lady during her husband's two presidential terms, spanning from 1981 to 1989.

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Who Is Nancy Reagan?
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Still living in retirement in California, Nancy David Reagan was born in New York in 1921 and studied drama at Smith College in Massachusetts. Following that was a moderately successful acting period in Hollywood, where at one point she found her name black-listed among studios and producers for suspicions of being a communist sympathizer. It was a simple mix-up, and upon seeking help from the Screen Actor's Guild to rectify the matter, she met it's president and her future husband Ronald Reagan.

The two married in 1952, and while Mrs. Reagan appeared opposite her husband in the film "Hellcats of the Navy," she gave up acting not long afterwards so she could concentrate on being a wife and mother. During Ronald's Governorship in California, she was that state's First Lady from 1967 to 1975.

In addition to her famous "Just Say No" drug awareness campaign while First Lady, Mrs. Reagan has lent her support to the Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Institute in Chicago, IL, and she became a public advocate for stem cell research following her husband's death in 2004.

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