Nancy Reagan, First Lady And Actress, Has Died

Posted: Mar 6 2016, 2:45pm CST | by , in News | Latest Celebrity News

Nancy Reagan, First Lady and Actress, Has Died
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Former first lady Nancy Reagan, whose life has been painted across American culture and politics, has died at 94 in her Los Angeles residence of congestive heart failure. Her unfailing support of both President Ronald Reagan and America, with grace and strength, will forever be her legacy.

Reagan was known as her husband's greatest protector and she won much admiration as she took on the role of his caregiver after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease near the end of his presidency.

Nancy Davis was an actress when she met Reagan, who was then president of the Screen Actor Guild. They started dating in 1949 and were married in 1952. Together, they had children and started to make a life together. However, soon Ronald Reagan's career started to take a nosedive and she needed to get back into acting.

She reluctantly took a part in the low-budget “Donovan’s Brain,” “Crash Landing” and “Hellcats of the Navy,” the last of which was the only film in which she appeared with her husband.

It was only when Ronald Regan became the celebrity spokesman for General Electric that he started thinking about a career in politics. Initially he resisted, eventually he started becoming more and more interested. He resisted invites from a group of Democrats to run for a congressional seat in the early 50s.

However, in the 1960s, he started campaigning for Barry Goldwater's 1964 presidential bid, and he made quite the impression when he was on a nationally televised platform. Through all of this, Nancy was initially extremely shy about the new world they were entering and wasn't sure she wanted to be involved in any of that. However, she quickly grew accustomed to being the wife of a politicians, even though he wasn't yet.

Throughout his presidency, she stood beside him and met world dignitaries. Very few people ever had a bad word to say about her. In the last few years, she has shied away from public attention, but has still attended various inaugurations and funerals.

She is also survived by her brother, Richard, according to Reuters.

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