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Nancy Davis Reagan, actress and former First Lady (b. 1921)


Reagan was born Anne Frances Robbins to Kenneth Seymour Robbins and Edith Luckett. Her parents divorced soon after Reagan's birth, and in 1929 her mother married Loyal Davis, a neurosurgeon. He formally adopted her in 1935, and her name was legally changed to Nancy Davis. (She had been called Nancy since early childhood.)

Nancy Reagan was First Lady of the United States during the two presidential terms of her husband, Ronald Reagan. She made a handful of movies in Hollywood before she met Reagan, who had been a popular actor for a decade. In 1958, Reagan gave up her acting career in order to raise a family and to support her husband's political ambitions. In her role as First Lady, Reagan is best remembered for her fight against narcotics abuse, centered on her advice to "Just Say No" to drugs. Excerpted from Who2.

Fun Fact: In 1957, Nancy and Ronald Reagan appeared together in Hellcats of the Navy, a World War II submarine drama in which they were paired romantically on-screen.

Photo source: National Archives and Records Administration

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