Nancy Reagan, An American Matriarch
(B. July 6, 1921 – March 6, 2016) was an American Actress and wife of President Ronald Reagan. Nancy was born in New York City in 1921 during the Roaring twenties. She lived a large portion of her childhood with her aunt and uncle in Maryland since her parents split when she was still young. During the 1940’s and 1950’s Nancy was a successful Actress, starring in movies like Night into Morning and Donovan’s Brain. And in 1952 She Married Ronald Reagan Who, at the time, was the president of Screen Actors Guild and a successful man. One little known fact about Mrs. Reagan is that she was also the first lady of California from 1967-1975 when Ronald Reagan was Governor. And in 1981, following Reagan’s 1980 landslide campaign, she became First Lady of the U.S.
First Lady Of the U.S.
January 20, 1981 – January 20, 1989
President: Ronald Reagan
Preceded by: Rosalynn Carter
Succeeded by: Barbara Busch
First Lady of California
January 3, 1967 – January 6, 1975
Governor: Ronald Reagan
Preceded by: Bernice Brown
Succeeded by: Gloria Deukmejian
Born: July 6, 1921
Died: March 6, 2016
Political Party: Republican
Spouse: Ronald Reagan 1952-2004
Children: Patti Davis, Ron Reagan
For most of her early childhood, Nancy grew up with her aunt in Maryland. Then finally in 1929 her mother married Edward Davis, and had a pleasant childhood from there, living most of it in Chicago. In 1943 she graduated from Smith College with a degree in Drama.
Nancy’s earliest jobs were to act in short films that rose awareness for things like polio and Child Paralysis. And from there leveraged herself onto Broadway and finally Hollywood. Her first Films were Doctor and the Girl and East Side, West Side. Nancy was very successful and was often noted by New York Times and The Wall Street Journal to be excellent at what she did.
First Lady of California and the U.S.
In 1949 Nancy met Ronald Reagan, a prominent Hollywood figure at the time, and their relationship escalated quickly. And on March 4, 1952, they were Married. They both continued their careers for a time until they had children of their own. Then In January of 1981 she became First Lady of California. Ronald was well known for his Christian Values and was loved by the people. Then out of nowhere Reagan won the 1980 election for President. And life changed greatly for Nancy, going from politically involved house wife to a touring speech making First Lady of the United States. While she was first lady, Nancy paid for renovations of rooms with cracked walls and floors in the white house out of her own pocket. And often gave Conservative minded press conferences after any major events.
Why Is She a Patriarch?
Because she did the Following:
- Paid for a white house renovation with her own money rather than the government’s
- She convinced Ronald of her political views and why they were correct, before this he was a liberal.
- She raised awareness for things like, Abortion and why it was wrong,
- She often made press conferences for Reagan’s Campaigns when he was busy
- She promoted the 1800’s model for family and the dynamics it should include.
- Without Nancy Reagan the Cold War wouldn’t of ended, the rates of abortion, polio, child paralysis, dis functional family, and more would be higher, America wouldn’t be the same if Nancy Reagan remained a actress her whole life
You can also tell she was a Patriarch by her words:
To my young friends out there: Life can be great, but not when you can’t see it. So, open your eyes to life: to see it in the vivid colors that God gave us as a precious gift to His children, to enjoy life to the fullest, and to make it count. Say yes to your life.
I do not believe in abortion at will. I do not believe that if a woman just wants to have an abortion she should… I do believe if you have an abortion you are committing murder.
I think a woman gets more if she acts feminine.
Research for Alzheimer’s and Alzheimer’s Awareness
After her husband, Ronald was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s
In 1994, Nancy spent almost the rest of her life in dedication to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s. In fact, in 1995 Nancy founded the Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Institute, which was dedicated towards Alzheimer’s research and studies.
Marriage and Family
Nancy first met Ronald In November of 1949 at the time Ronald was President of the Screen Actors Guild, a large acting industry. Their relationship grew slowly, but they eventually got married on March 4, 1952 in North Hollywood. Since she married Ronald, she consequently became Stepmother to Maureen and Michael Reagan as well as having children of her own later on. Her first child Patricia Reagan was born on October 21, 1952 and her second child, Ronald Reagan II was born on May 20, 1958. Many described Nancy’s and Ronald’s relationship as intimate, however her relationship with her children was not this way at all. In fact, their oldest Daughter, Patti, was very Anti-Conservative and would rebel at the slightest hint of traditional American values being integrated into their home. And with the other children Nancy often argued with but they ended up with a strong relationship after High School, all except for Patti, that is.
Attempted Assassination, Alzheimer’s, and Death of Ronald Reagan
On March 30, 1981 at 2:27 p.m. Ronald Reagan was shot after making a Short Speech and interacting with the people from a distance as close as 10 feet. He was only 69 days into his Presidency when he and four other men were suddenly shot by a psychologically unstable man by the name of John Hinckley Jr. who thought by doing this he would somehow receive the attention and love of Jodie Foster whom he’d been stalking for several years along with former President Jimmy Carter and several other political figures. Reagan was just blocks from where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated 100 years earlier. Nancy was scared to death that Ronald had been killed by the first shot but it turns out that the Culprit had fired six shots missing with 1 and then hitting 4 innocent men and finally hit Reagan missing his heart by just an inch, breaking his rib, and puncturing his lung. However, nobody realized that he’d actually been shot. It turns out that once the first shot was fired, Ronald was shoved into a Limousine fleeing the crime seen and was shot at the same instant he hit the door of the car. The Secret service agent with Reagan told the others that Reagan was ok out of assumption but when Reagan complained of rib pain and said he thought he’d cracked a rib when he bumped the car door, the Limo’s course was changed for the White House instead of the Pentagon and when Reagan began to cough up blood the course again changed this time for the hospital. Nancy arrived shortly after, convinced he was dead. It was later reported that Reagan told his doctor, “I sure hope you’re a Conservative.” Reagan’s recovery was nothing short of a Miracle. And after retiring from the white house in 1989, he and Nancy lived Peaceably, Until 1994 that is. In 1994 Ronald Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and his condition gradually worsened. Nancy later reported that despite Ronald’s condition he still remembered his marriage and acting career until his death. Ronald needed constant attention from Nancy from 1994 until his death in 2004, but Nancy didn’t mind, she claimed she just had one more excuse to spend time with her best friend. Despite needing to constantly give attention to Ronald, Nancy still gave speeches and seminars promoting Conservative minded principals and every once in a while, would do a live interview on television. Then, on June 5, 2004, Ronald Reagan died of pneumonia at his Bel Air, California home at the age of 93. Nancy Reagan Announced his death to the world later that day. Several funerals were held for Reagan and on June 11 a state funeral was held at the National Cathedral and his public visitation was held in the State Capitol’s Rotunda. And on June 11, George W. Busch, declared a National Day of Mourning. Nancy, who’d been married to Ronald for over 50 years went into a state of depression for a year or so. She eventually recovered and resumed her speaking engagements and interviews for the next few years.
Was Nancy Reagan A Great First Lady?