Nancy Reagan, The Former First Lady, Dies at 94
The former first lady and the wife of late President Ronald Reagan passes away at the age of 94 on Sunday at her home in Los Angles. The former first lady was best memorize for showing the great loyalty to her husband since 1981 and protects him in the 1981 murder attempt and also overtook him during his Alzheimer’s disease in the last years of his life. In 1994 when her husband diagnosed with the Alzheimer’s disease she becomes an outspoken advocate for the Alzheimer’s research and formed the Ronald & Nancy Reagan Research Institute in Chicago in the next year.
She also sponsored the major drug prevention campaign from the children’s and young American adults during her years in the White House. Reagan undergoes the criticism to carry the lavish and high fashion lifestyle to White House at the time of recession. The critic describes her as the “Queen Nancy” during her first lady tenure from 1981 to 1989. Reagan died because of the heart failure and will be buried at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library next to her husband in California.
Nancy Reagan ‘Painful’ Childhood
She was born on 6 July, 1921 in New York to the radio presenter Edith Luckett and her husband Kenneth Robbins but soon they become separated and divorced. In her early age, she takes interest in acting and joins the theater with her mother and enjoying the stage clothes and makeup. Later her mother sent Nancy to live with her uncle in Virginia and she occasionally with her mother during her visits to New York.
She attended the college and becomes graduated in 1943 and launched her acting career and billing herself with the name of Nancy Davis. She performs the minor role in the musical song “Lute Song” and successfully performed non speaking role in “Ramshackle Inn”. After performing several small roles, she successfully attracted the attention of MGM Studio and entered to the Hollywood and was featured in her first featured move “The Doctor and the Girl”. Her acting career included the 11 featured films that included “the Dark Wave”, “Donovan’s Brain” and “The Next Voice you Hear”.
She was wrongly appeared in the published list of alleged supporter of communist and met with her future husband at the dinner. Nancy later said that “I don’t know it was love at first sight but it was pretty close”. The couple got married on 4 March, 1952 in the Los Angeles and the Hollywood actor William Holden and her wife Ardis are the only witnesses. The couple jointly starred in the world war II movie the “Hellcats of the Navy” in which she played the role of Nave nurse and he was starred as the submarine commanding officer.
The First Lady and the Refurbishment
Nancy helped her husband in the Republican presidential nomination bid in 1976 but it went unsuccessful but the couple really catches the public eyes. In 1980 when the Ronald Reagan becomes the president, she spending the $25,000 for the James Galanos ball gown in the inauguration ceremony oh her husband and was harshly spotlighted by the public. She solicited the $ 800,000 from the private donation and spends into the refurbishment of the 2nd and 3rd floor quarters of the White House.
In addition to her spending and accepting the free designer cloths and attending the wedding ceremony of English Prince Charles and Princess Diana and her husband Reagan countered by the criticism. Nearly 62 % Americans though that she was only focused on the style during the economic downturn and the Washington Post stated her as “the symbol of the heartless rich, a Barbie doll with an attitude”.
The President Caretaker
After her husband shooting on 30 March, 1981, her role of first lady transfer to the personal protector of the president. She plans the president schedule herself and regularly involved in the private meetings. She was also involved in the administrative decisions and supporting the firing decision of the National Security council member P. Clark and the appointment of the George Schultz as the Secretary of State. She also published two books during her husband diseases with the title of My Turn: “The Memories of Nancy Reagan” in 1989 and “I Love You” Ronnie in 2002. She also receives the award of congressional Gold Medal in the recognition of her contribution and services to the United States in 2002.