The First Lady of the 1980s Dies at age 94

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Former First Lady of the United States Nancy Regan died Sunday at the age of 94.

Nancy Regan is with the man she loved

“She is once again with the man she loved,” Michael Regan, her stepson, wrote on Twitter.

Famous for her “Just Say No” anti-drug campaign during the war on drugs in the 1980s, Nancy Reagan, the former first lady of the United States died yesterday, March 6, 2016, from congestive heart failure in her Los Angeles home. The tragic news of her death was an instant trend on social media as tributes poured in from celebrities and many Americans nationwide. Nancy Reagan will be buried next to her husband at the Reagan presidential library in Simi Valley, California. The public would have a chance to pay their respects before the funeral service.

Redefined the role of first lady

Nancy Reagan was “The First Lady of the 1980s” and one of the most influential first ladies in U.S. history during her late husband Ronald Reagan’s presidency from 1981 to 1989. She redefined the role of first lady with her killer fashion sense, influence, and being a shield for the emotional and physical well-being of President Reagan.

“Nancy Reagan once wrote that nothing could prepare you for living in the White House,” the Obamas wrote in a joint statement yesterday. “She was right, of course. But we had a head start, because we were fortunate to benefit from her proud example, and her warm and generous advice.”

A quick bio of Nancy Reagan

A New York native, Nancy Davis Reagan, born Anne Frances Robbins in July 6, 1921 in Flushing, Queens. After her parents separated, she lived in Maryland with an aunt and uncle for some years. She moved to Chicago when her mother remarried and she took the name Davis from her stepfather. As Nancy Davis, she signed a seven-year contract with MGM and was a Hollywood actress in the 1940s and 1950s. Nancy starred in numerous films such as The Next Voice You Hear..., Night into Morning, and Donovan's Brain. Her last film, Hellcats of the Navy, co-starred Ronald Reagan. In 1952, she married Ronald Reagan who was then president of the Screen Actors Guild. They had two children together. Reagan was the First Lady of California when her husband was Governor from 1967 to 1975 and she began to work with the Foster Grandparents Program.

Nancy Reagan became First Lady of the United States in January 1981, following her husband's victory in the 1980 presidential election. She was criticized early in his first term largely due to her decision to replace the White House china, despite its being paid for by private donations. She aimed to restore a Kennedy-esque glamour to the White House following years of lax formality, and her interest in high-end fashion garnered much attention as well as criticism. She championed recreational drug prevention causes by founding the "Just Say No" drug awareness campaign, which was considered her major initiative as First Lady. More controversy ensued when it was revealed in 1988 that she had consulted an astrologer to assist in planning the president's schedule after the attempted assassination of her husband in 1981. She had a strong influence on her husband and played a role in a few of his personnel and diplomatic decisions.

The Reagans retired to their home in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California in 1989. Nancy devoted most of her time to caring for her husband, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 1994, until his death at the age of 93 in 2004. Nancy remained active within the Reagan Library and in politics, particularly in support of embryonic stem cell research, until her death in March 2016.


Nancy Reagan will be remembered for redefining the role of first lady in America with Hollywood glamour and being a voice on the behalf of millions of families going through the depleting, aching reality of Alzheimer’s. She was the second-longest-lived First Lady of the United States, after Bess Truman who died at the age of 97. Coincidentally, Ronald Reagan was the second-longest-lived President, trailing only Gerald Ford (by 5 1/2 weeks).

R.I.P. Nancy Reagan

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author avatar Mariah
9th Mar 2016 (#)

RIP Nancy.
An excellent tribute to a very memorable lady.
Very well done.

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author avatar L. R. Laverde-Hansen
9th Mar 2016 (#)

Very well written and compiled, Shamarie. As always, a Class A job. RIP Nancy Reagan.

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author avatar Shamarie
10th Mar 2016 (#)

Thanks for the comments!!!

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author avatar brendamarie
11th Mar 2016 (#)

RIP Nancy, she did a great job as first lady.

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